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Jay Banwait


"Be the Change that you wish to see in the world."

Jay is a seasoned RF/Microwave Design Engineer with an extensive background in the design and development of RF/Microwave components and wireless systems catering to both the Commercial and Defense arenas. Jay has worked on a number of different radar systems, developed several transceiver designs with frequencies up 87GHz, and led the development of a Software Defined Radio. He has deep experience transitioning companies from startup to volume production.

Jay Banwait leads LeoLabs RF Engineering, and brings extensive technical and process expertise. He has worked with several startups, building process, procedure, and manufacturing plans for volume production and ISO 9000 qualification. A long time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jay spent the early part of his career as an RF/Microwave Designer, Project Lead and Program Manager at various RF/microwave instrumentation companies including Gigatronics and Anritsu, and National Instruments. He has worked on the design and development of passive and active RF/microwave component designs covering frequencies up to 87GHz. In addition, to system and subsystem development catering to both the commercial and defense markets.

In the late 1990’s Jay was active in transceiver design in a number of start-ups catering to the high volume low cost communication markets of Wireless Local Loop, WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular.

Jay moved to Northrop Grumman ESL Labs in San Jose CA in early 2003 and took on the position of the RF Department manager. Jay was later promoted to the Senior Manager of the Electrical Design Section managing a multidisciplinary team including RF, antennas, EMI/EMC, PCB and digital engineering. Jay has subsequently worked at Maxar as System Architect, and as a Senior Engineering Manager at Harris/L3 and National Instruments.

Jay is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He holds a patent on OTA “Over the Air” testing of wireless semiconductor chips. Jay graduated with a BSc in Physics from Kings College University of London and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara university.