About Our Team

Nalu Scientific was founded by a team of engineers and experimental physicists with expertise in precision measurement and gravitational wave detector instrumentation. We create technologies that helps scientists, engineers, and professionals seamlessly acquire data, run measurements and control their experiments that further our understanding of physics.

We’re obsessed with designing technologies that will further our understanding how the world works





Dean Uehara

Isar Mostafanezhad, pHd

Luca Macchiarulo, pHd

Dean has made a career in custom Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) ranging from functional, logic, circuit and device design to process technology development. His experience emphasizes design, verification (functional, timing, parametric, fault), design automation, physical chip floor planning, circuit layout, device characterization, and fabrication analysis. ASIC designs comply with industry standards and customers’ requirements for commercial, industrial, automotive, communication, computers, and government applications. Dean is one of Nalu Scientific's founding team members.

Isar received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and was a postdoctoral fellow at the department of Physics, where he worked on developing state of the art High Energy Physics instruments. Isar founded Nalu Scientific to bring microelectronics for radiation detection and particle physics to a wider market. Under his leadership Nalu Scientific has seen significant growth. Isar has been named Pacific Business News’ 40 under 40 in business in the state of Hawai'i and Nalu Scientific was recognized as the most innovative small business by Hawai'i Business Magazine.

Luca graduated with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Poltecnico di Torino (Italy). Luca was a post-doctoral researcher in Torino and at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and taught integrated circuits and digital design as an assistant professor at the department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Luca joined the Nalu Scientific team after collaborating with the Instrumentation Development Lab Physics at UH-Manoa to help develop the digital design and the architecture of the company's Systems-on-a-Chip. Luca is a founding member of the Nalu Scientific team.







Ben received his Ph.D. in experimental particle physics in 2016. His research involved designing and implementing experiments to observe high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos over Antarctica. He is currently in charge of application development for Nalu Scientific’s portfolio of high speed digitizers. He has previously designed data acquisition electronics that have successfully flown or operated in harsh environments.

Marcus has worn many professional hats from Director of IT, project manager, to Chief Logistics Officer at a manufacturing company. Over the last two years at Nalu Scientific, he has led the software team and built the software suite leveraging his over 20 years of coding experience to create a user friendly tool for Nalu’s cutting edge tools.

Ryan specializes in the development of advanced electronic hardware and packaging with an emphasis on RF and high-speed digital circuits. Ryan has 10+ years working on aerospace, automotive, and consumer electronic systems and has a wide array of design and test experience ranging from antennas and microwave circuits to ADCs and power regulators.




Chris Chock

Ruth Perron, pHd

John Stahoviak, MS

John is an electronics design engineer with 30 years of design and applications engineering experience in electronics design for test automation, avionics, and high energy physics. John is a lead engineer at Nalu and project manager for Nalu’s Independent design contracts.

Chris is an electronics engineer who has been a part of development teams with applications ranging from FDA cleared and CE marked medical devices, sanitation systems for the developing world and laboratory test equipment.

Ruth received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Her research focus is in Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) and RF-based biomedical devices where she helped develop a patented wearable RF-based cardio-pulmonary system. For over 10 years, she has worked on EM-based sensors and published studies on their designs.

operations manager



Kelsi nichols, mph

Kenneth lauritzen


Kelsi is the business operations manager and commercialization support specialist assisting Nalu Scientific with bringing their cutting edge technologies to market. Kelsi has a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and has founded multiple companies of her own. She has a strong interest in tech finding solutions to environmental and public health problems.

Kenneth received an engineering degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and first joined Nalu’s team as an intern. Kenneth assists with software development, test engineering, board design/layout, and data analysis. Additional responsibilities include minor reflow work and documentation.

Andrii received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. His research focused on the development of an emerging medical imaging modality, known as MR Elastography. He then completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the UH Department of Medicine, where he worked on developing novel MRI methodologies in application to neuroimaging.




John itokazu , MS

FARJANA snigdha , MS


Jon Itokazo posing for a photo in Honolulu, Hawaii

Jon served for 12 years in the Army as a combat engineer and brings a strong military background to the team. He has a background in quantum optics and advanced electromagnetics, and is pursuing a PhD at UH Manoa in where he is researching microwave engineering, heterogeneous integration, and liquid metal.

Farjana received her MS degree from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 2020. Her

research involved RF-based biomedical devices where she helped with testing and setup of RF-based occupancy system for energy saving and cardio-pulmonary based sleep apnea detection. Farjana assists Nalu Scientific with hardware, board design and layout, testing, data analysis, and documentation.

Meenakshi received her MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research involved designing and testing of microelectronics sensors for various biomedical applications. She is currently working on designing the interface for the ASIC system designed in house at Nalu Scientific.


As a growing start-up in Honolulu Hawai'i we are always looking for interns, engineers, and physicists excited about exploring new frontiers in technology.