Prabhu Thiagarajan


Prabhu joined Lasertel in 2003, where he leverages 20 years of industry experience in technical development and engineering solutions for optoelectronic components and systems. Prior to Lasertel, Prabhu held the position of Director of Technology at nLIGHT Photonics in Vancouver, Washington. Previous to this, Prabhu directed a team of scientists, engineers and technicians, overseeing the design, development and testing of a variety of laser diode pumps at ADC Telecommunications in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota. Prabhu also worked as Director of Test and Reliability at Spectracom Inc., prior to joining ADC Telecommunications. Mr. Thiagarajan holds a PhD, MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.


Robert Walker

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Robert brings more than 20 years of industry experience in business development, product development, and manufacturing of high-volume opto-electronic components. Robert’s core expertise is assisting customers through their laser system needs from design to full-rate production. Prior to joining Leonardo, he served as an Engineering Program Manager for the Telecom Business Unit at Marlow Industries, where he successfully led the development of custom thermal solutions for active and passive components in the telecommunications industry. Robert holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Wayde Patton

Quality Manager, Tucson

Wayde Patton joined Lasertel in 2018 as the Quality Assurance Manager with over 35 years of experience working in manufacturing and coating environments for Aerospace and Munition customers. Wayde and his team are responsible for upholding Lasertel’s high standards of quality assurance. Prior to joining Lasertel, Wayde held management level positions in quality and manufacturing with a strong emphasis on supplier development. Wayde holds certifications as a Lead Auditor for AS9100 and ISO9001 as well as Mechanical Inspector from the ASQ.


Linda West

Automotive Business Development

Since joining Lasertel in July of 2018, Linda has assisted automotive LiDAR companies with their illumination requirements using VCSEL and edge emitting lasers to obtain high performance and meet new emerging standards for autonomous vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Linda has more than 25 years of experience in business development, product engineering, sales and marketing and holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BSc Honors in Laser Physics and Opto-electronics from the University of Strathclyde, UK.

Mark McElhinney

SVP, Lasertel

Mark McElhinney focuses on all aspects of Lasertel’s operations, including sales and marketing, research, development and testing, finance and administration. Prior to joining Leonardo Electronics US Inc. in 2004, Mark was the Director of Engineering at ADC in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, where he oversaw the development and manufacturing of high-power laser products.

Prior to that, Mark was a Founder and Technical Director of Spectracom in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Markhas also worked for Pirelli Cavi in Milan, Italy; Motorola in East Kilbride, Scotland; and IBM UK in Greenock, Scotland. He is the author of numerous publications and holds a PhD and a B. Eng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow.


Victor Cruz

Director of Operations, Tucson

Victor Cruz joined Lasertel in 2018 as VP of Operations, bringing 20 years of semiconductor fabrication experience in engineering and operations. Victor consistently delivers strong operating and financial improvements in high-growth operations. Before joining the Lasertel team, he served as Engineering Director and Operations Director/Plant Manager for Semtech in the Hi-Rel division. Victor holds a MS in Manufacturing Engineering from University of Texas at Edinburg, Texas and BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M- Kingsville.


John Goings

Sales Director, Defense

With an extensive career working with laser diodes and laser systems for key government programs, John leads the sales and business development for our high-powered semiconductor laser diode products. His responsibilities include overseeing the management and development of new laser diode OEM accounts, and new production introductions. John holds a MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Physics from Truman State University.