WHO WE ARE

Wave Engine Corp. was established to leverage recent technological developments in propulsion, acoustics and combustion control to develop the aviation powerplant of the future. Based in the Baltimore-Washington metro area, we are a focused group of scientists, engineers, metalworkers and former Fortune 500 Aerospace & Defense executives that are working towards enabling the next renaissance in aerospace.

MANAGEMENT

Daanish Maqbool

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Maqbool serves as CEO of Wave Engine Corp., leading technical and corporate efforts since company inception. He brings over a decade of experience developing power and propulsion systems at the University of Maryland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Maqbool holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Andrew Geltman

Vice President Operations

Mr. Geltman serves as VP Operations of Wave Engine Corp. responsible for administrative, financial and legal activities. Prior to his current role, Mr. Geltman was a Government Affairs Fellow at Merck and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, responsible for government engagement, public policy and intellectual property matters. Mr. Geltman holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Bert VanDerHeiden

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. VanDerHeiden serves as COO of Wave Engine Corp. He brings over three decades of technical and leadership experience in the Aerospace & Defense industry. Most recently, he was VP Military & Launch Segment at Northrop Grumman, where he oversaw a $600M portfolio with 50 programs, including the F-35, F-22 and THAAD programs. Dr. VanDerHeiden holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Utah.

Wayne Kennard

General Counsel

Mr. Kennard serves as General Counsel of Wave Engine Corp. where he manages the company’s legal affairs and intellectual property portfolio. Prior to his current role, he was a senior partner at WilmerHale, where he specialized in representing high-tech companies for a wide range of corporate, intellectual property and licensing matters. Mr. Kennard holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Caulfield

Former MD Aerospace & Defense, Morgan Stanley

Mr. Caulfield served as Managing Director Aerospace & Defense at Morgan Stanley, responsible for engaging and providing investment banking services to the Aerospace & Defense industry. He has also served in executive positions at Bank of America and General Electric.

Ray O. Johnson

Former SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Dr. Johnson is currently an Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He also held executive positions in Modern Technology Solutions and SAIC. He served for 21 years in the United States Air Force.

Daanish Maqbool

CEO, Wave Engine Corp.

Dr. Maqbool has been leading technical and corporate efforts at Wave Engine Corp. since company inception. He brings over a decade of experience developing power and propulsion systems at the University of Maryland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bert VanDerHeiden

COO Wave Engine Corp. & Former VP, Northrop Grumman
Dr. VanDerHeiden brings over three decades of technical and leadership experience in the Aerospace & Defense industry. Most recently, he was VP Military & Launch Segment at Northrop Grumman, where he oversaw a $600M portfolio with 50 programs, including the F-35, F-22 and THAAD programs.

ADVISERS

Gur Kimchi

Former VP Amazon Prime Air

Mr. Kimchi co-founded Prime Air, Amazon’s autonomous aerial logistics platform, and led Amazon Prime Air through FAA Part 135 Air-Carrier certification. He was also a founding member of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee, held senior leadership positions at Microsoft and VocalTec, and was a board member at Waze prior to its acquisition by Google.

OUR ASCENT

2016

First full-scale prototype engines developed and tested at the University of Maryland.

2017

Development and testing advances with a customized test facility and support from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).

2018

Wave Engine Corp. raises $1.45M in a Seed round with participation by the Maryland Momentum Fund, Abell Foundation and Gula Tech Adventures.

2019

Wave Engine Corp. is awarded $2.85M by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue engine development for high-performance UAV applications.

2020

The first manned aircraft powered by a Wave Engine Corp. propulsion system takes flight, signifying a major leap in technological readiness.

2021

Wave Engine Corp. is contracted by the United States Air Force to begin development of Wave Engine Corp.’s first vehicle product, the Versatile Air-Launched Platform (VALP).