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1986

WFT operations

WaveFront Technology, Inc, (WFT) began operations in 1986 as a partnership formed by a group of technology professionals focused on holography and advanced optics.

1996

California Corporation

WFT became a California Corporation in 1996 with two principal owners. Our facilities are located within 20 minutes of LAX in Paramount, California and have grown to 60,000 square feet of centralized Laboratory, Manufacturing and Warehouse space.

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About Us

WaveFront Technology, Inc, (WFT) began operations in 1986 as a partnership formed by a group of technology professionals focused on holography and advanced optics. This partnership focused on developing state-of-the-art holograms and surface relief replication technology. Over time this core capability evolved into a proprietary custom tooling service that actualized production capabilities for leading embossing companies worldwide. As WFT's industry presence grew the key founding partners incorporated and WFT became a California Corporation in 1996 with two principal owners. Our facilities are located within 20 minutes of LAX in Paramount, California and have grown to 60,000 square feet of centralized Laboratory, Manufacturing and Warehouse space.

WFT has departments that include 3 Origination labs, Tooling, Film Manufacturing, Converting, R&D, and Engineering Services. WFT currently has a staff of 65 full time employees that include Executive and R&D staff with advanced engineering and optical physics degrees as well as Metrology, Laboratory, QC and Manufacturing Management professionals with over 100 years of combined experience high volume - high value optical component manufacturing. WFT has experience with Holographic and Optical Micro-structures including Holographic Optical Elements and Diffusers, Computer generated elements, Grayscale customized patterns, Diamond Cut (DTM) prismatic structures including Prisms, Fresnel lenses, and many other custom patterned surface relief structures.

About - Leadership

Our people

Chris Rich

CEO, CTO and founder of WaveFront Technology Inc.

Joel Petersen

President, CFO, and founder of WaveFront Technology Inc.

Kent Coulter

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Kavita Patel

Director of Manufacturing

(WFT) has over 30 years of technical and business experience in precision optics and optical systems.  Under his stewardship, WFT has grown from a two-man operation to over 65 employees focused on innovative products, novel platforms and long-term client relationships that deliver individualized solutions to complex challenges.  Technically innovative and highly respected Chris has positioned WFT for the next wave of growth.

Since incorporating WFT in 1996, Chris has provided the company with successful strategies for expansion that included launching products in the security, display, packaging, and lighting markets. Prior to WFT, Chris worked at Perkin Elmer and Physical Optics Corporation.He leads the intellectual property strategy for WFT and has numerous patents.  Chris is an active member of thecommunity serving on the Paramount Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Senior Vice President and Mentoring the Palos Verdes High School 4H Rocketry Team for 12 years in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

(WFT) has over 30 years of technical and business experience in holography and microstructure optics.  Under his stewardship, WFT has grown from a two-man operation to over 65 employees focused on proprietary Microstructure Origination, Recombination, and Replication processes.  Since WFT’s founding in 1986, Joel has guided WFT from being a tool maker to being a fully integrated optical component provider for the security, display, packaging, and lighting markets.  Joel developed a proprietary tooling process that serviced the embossing industry.

He has built a library of microstructure patterns, aesthetic based for packaging, performance based for lighting as well as custom microstructures for a variety of industries.  His passion for creating new designs and dimensional effects is contagious. He leads the Packaging, Lighting, Product Introduction Strategy, and Finance for WFT.  While business focused, Joel is an innovator with numerous publications and patents.  Financially strong and highly respected Joel is leading WFT to the next wave of growth.

Joined WaveFront Technology Inc. (WFT) in 2020. He has over 25 years of product development and organizational management experience.  Kent has led several programs from proof of concept through to commercial production with three winning R&D 100 Awards (2019, 2017 & 2009) as one the most innovative developments for that year.

Kent has sixteen granted US patents and over thirty referred publications ranging in topics from catalysis to plasma physics to nanofunctional surfaces to interference optics. Prior to WFT, Kent worked at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Viavi (formerly JDS Uniphase/ Flex Products) and Sandia National Laboratories.Kent has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Texas A&M University, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry &Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ouachita Baptist University.

Kavita Patel has been at WaveFront Technology Inc. (WFT) for over 17 years and has over 25 years of manufacturing and operational management experience. Under her leadership, WFT has grown from a tool provider to an integrated film products company delivering over 344,000,000 square feet of precision micro-structure film per year. Operationally strong and highly respected Kavita is driving WFT to the next level of organizational excellence.

Since joining WFT, Kavita has also provided the company with successful strategies for expansion that included launching products in the security, display, packaging, and lighting markets. Prior to WFT, Kavita worked at Teledyne Electronic Technologies and The Fabri-Form Company. Kavita has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

John Tamkin

Vice President of R&D

Erika Estudillo

Controller & Human Resources Manager

John Tamkin has been at WaveFront Technology Inc. (WFT) for over 3 years and has 40 years of optical system engineering and lens design experience. John’s market experience spans medium volume (< 100k units/yr.) commercial products to lithography capital equipment. He specializes in technology development and transfer through production of small to medium size ($5M- $50M/yr.) market opportunities.

John’s expertise includes optical technology assessment, technology transfer, engineering management, manufacturing and production methods, lens design, laser-based systems, specialty camera optics, grayscale lithography and micro-optics. Prior to WFT, John [JT] has worked for Optical Research Associates, Etec Systems, and Xerox. John has a Ph.D. and Masters Degree in Optical Sciences from University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from San Diego State University.

Erika Estudillo has been at WaveFront Technology Inc. (WFT) for over 10 years and has over 15 years of Business Administration & Management experience. Has earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Skilled at managing, planning and implementing various projects in diverse environments. Her areas of expertise are employee relations, HR compliance, performance management, and compliance and best practices. Erika also leads our Safety Team.

Chris Rich

CEO, CTO and founder of WaveFront Technology Inc.

(WFT) has over 30 years of technical and business experience in precision optics and optical systems.  Under his stewardship, WFT has grown from a two-man operation to over 65 employees focused on innovative products, novel platforms and long-term client relationships that deliver individualized solutions to complex challenges.  Technically innovative and highly respected Chris has positioned WFT for the next wave of growth.

Since incorporating WFT in 1996, Chris has provided the company with successful strategies for expansion that included launching products in the security, display, packaging, and lighting markets. Prior to WFT, Chris worked at Perkin Elmer and Physical Optics Corporation.He leads the intellectual property strategy for WFT and has numerous patents.  Chris is an active member of thecommunity serving on the Paramount Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Senior Vice President and Mentoring the Palos Verdes High School 4H Rocketry Team for 12 years in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

Joel Petersen

President, CFO, and founder of WaveFront Technology Inc.

(WFT) has over 30 years of technical and business experience in holography and microstructure optics.  Under his stewardship, WFT has grown from a two-man operation to over 65 employees focused on proprietary Microstructure Origination, Recombination, and Replication processes.  Since WFT’s founding in 1986, Joel has guided WFT from being a tool maker to being a fully integrated optical component provider for the security, display, packaging, and lighting markets.  Joel developed a proprietary tooling process that serviced the embossing industry.

He has built a library of microstructure patterns, aesthetic based for packaging, performance based for lighting as well as custom microstructures for a variety of industries.  His passion for creating new designs and dimensional effects is contagious. He leads the Packaging, Lighting, Product Introduction Strategy, and Finance for WFT.  While business focused, Joel is an innovator with numerous publications and patents.  Financially strong and highly respected Joel is leading WFT to the next wave of growth.

Kent Coulter

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Joined WaveFront Technology Inc. (WFT) in 2020. He has over 25 years of product development and organizational management experience.  Kent has led several programs from proof of concept through to commercial production with three winning R&D 100 Awards (2019, 2017 & 2009) as one the most innovative developments for that year.

Kent has sixteen granted US patents and over thirty referred publications ranging in topics from catalysis to plasma physics to nanofunctional surfaces to interference optics. Prior to WFT, Kent worked at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Viavi (formerly JDS Uniphase/ Flex Products) and Sandia National Laboratories.Kent has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Texas A&M University, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry &Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ouachita Baptist University.

Kavita Patel

Director of Manufacturing

Kavita Patel has been at WaveFront Technology Inc. (WFT) for over 17 years and has over 25 years of manufacturing and operational management experience. Under her leadership, WFT has grown from a tool provider to an integrated film products company delivering over 344,000,000 square feet of precision micro-structure film per year. Operationally strong and highly respected Kavita is driving WFT to the next level of organizational excellence.

Since joining WFT, Kavita has also provided the company with successful strategies for expansion that included launching products in the security, display, packaging, and lighting markets. Prior to WFT, Kavita worked at Teledyne Electronic Technologies and The Fabri-Form Company. Kavita has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

John Tamkin

Vice President of R&D

John Tamkin has been at WaveFront Technology Inc. (WFT) for over 3 years and has 40 years of optical system engineering and lens design experience. John’s market experience spans medium volume (< 100k units/yr.) commercial products to lithography capital equipment. He specializes in technology development and transfer through production of small to medium size ($5M- $50M/yr.) market opportunities.

John’s expertise includes optical technology assessment, technology transfer, engineering management, manufacturing and production methods, lens design, laser-based systems, specialty camera optics, grayscale lithography and micro-optics. Prior to WFT, John [JT] has worked for Optical Research Associates, Etec Systems, and Xerox. John has a Ph.D. and Masters Degree in Optical Sciences from University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from San Diego State University.

Erika Estudillo

Controller & Human Resources Manager

Erika Estudillo has been at WaveFront Technology Inc. (WFT) for over 10 years and has over 15 years of Business Administration & Management experience. Has earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Skilled at managing, planning and implementing various projects in diverse environments. Her areas of expertise are employee relations, HR compliance, performance management, and compliance and best practices. Erika also leads our Safety Team.

Intelectual Property

Intelectual Property

Diffractive Optical Element and Method of Manufacture

US 69,98,196

Diffractive Optical Element and Method of Manufacture

US 7,429,437

Optical Films for Creating Unique Optical effects

US 7,298,533

Elliptical Diffusers used in Displays

US 7,430,358

Systems and Methods to impart Visual quality to Illumination systems

US 9,851,070

Optical products, Masters for Fabricating Optical products, and Methods for Manufacturing Masters and Optical Products

US 10,252,563

Ultra Thin Fresnel Lenses and Other Optical Elements

US 10,795,059

Optical Switch Devices

US 10,850,550

Optical products, Masters for Fabricating Optical products, and Methods for Manufacturing Masters and Optical products

US 10,859,851

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