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. Prabhu 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.


Rick Kattinge

Director of Finance

Rick joined Lasertel as Controller in 2010.  He has over 25 years of financial leadership experience in the areas of financial, managerial, and tax accounting.  Rick’s career has included work in primarily manufacturing environments.  His industry exposures have included responsible positions in semiconductor manufacturing (with Burr Brown/Texas Instruments), construction materials (CalPortland), and avionics (Honeywell). Rick holds a BS in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University.

Victor Cruz

Vice President 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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


Eric Burch

Director of IT

Eric joined Lasertel in 2000. He has more than 20 years of experience designing, implementing, securing and maintaining information systems including hardware, network infrastructure, messaging, database, software development, and business management  systems. Eric holds numerous technical certifications including MCSE/MCITP from Microsoft and CISSP from ISC2. Eric holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master's in Business Administration from Colorado Christian University.

Gladys Walker

Vice President, Human Resources

Gladys Walker joined Lasertel in 2006. Having worked mostly in manufacturing environments and the hospitality industry, she has experience providing support and advice to operational managers and executive staff, recruitment and employment, training and development, labor relations, benefits administration, and the development of organizational culture.

Gladys holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and an MA in Organizational Management with an emphasis on Strategic Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Institute.

Graeme Creamer

Vice President of Strategy & Programs

Graeme joined Lasertel in 2018 from our parent Selex Galileo Inc. (SGI) where he was Director, Major Subcontracts, and brings more than 30 years of experience in defense and aerospace industry covering engineering, program management, contract management and supply chain management disciplines.  Prior to joining SGI he served in various Chief Engineer and Program Manager roles on electro-optics and avionics programs at Selex ES (Leonardo MW). Graeme holds a MS in Design Management & Product Development from University of Coventry and a MS in Software Technology from Napier University, Edinburgh.

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.