Mark McElhinney


As President of Lasertel, Mr. McElhinney focuses on all aspects of the company’s operations, including sales and marketing; research, development and testing; and finance and administration. Prior to joining Lasertel 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, McElhinney was a founder and technical director of Spectracom in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Mr. McElhinney has 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.


Robert Walker

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Mr. Walker joined Lasertel in 2000, bringing more than 20 years of industry experience in business development, product development and manufacturing of high volume optoelectronic components. Prior to joining Lasertel, he served as an Engineering Program Manager for the Telecom Business Unit at Marlow Industries, where he successfully led development of custom thermal solutions for active and passive components in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Walker holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Rick Kattinge

Director of Finance

Mr. Kattinge joined Lasertel as Controller in 2010.  He has over 25 years of financial leadership experience in the areas of financial, managerial, and tax accounting.  Mr. Kattinge’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). Mr. Kattinge holds a BS in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University.


Victor Cruz

Vice President of Operations

Mr. Cruz joined Lasertel in 2018 as VP of Operations, bringing 20 years of semiconductor industry experience in engineering and operations. Prior to joining Lasertel he served as Engineering Director and Operations Director/Plant Manager for Semtech in the Hi-Rel division. Mr. Cruz 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

Mr. Patton joined Lasertel in 2018 as the Quality Assurance Manager. He has over 35 years’ experience working in manufacturing and coating environments for Aerospace and Munition customers. Prior to joining Lasertel Mr. Patton held management level positions in Quality and Manufacturing; with a strong emphasis on supplier development. Mr. Patton holds certifications as a Lead Auditor for AS9100 and ISO9001 as well as Mechanical Inspector from the ASQ.

Prabhu Thiagarajan

Vice President of Engineering

Mr. Thiagarajan has worked at Lasertel since 2003, where he leverages 20 years of industry experience in technical development and engineering solutions for optoelectronic components and systems. Prior to joining Lasertel, Mr.Thiagarajan held the position of Director of Technology at nLight Photonics in Vancouver, Washington. Previous to this, Mr. Thiagarajan 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. Mr.Thiagarajan 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.


Eric Burch

Director of IT

Mr. Burch 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. Mr. Burch holds numerous technical certifications including MCSE/MCITP from Microsoft and CISSP from ISC2. Mr. Burch 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

Director of Human Resources

Mrs. 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. Mrs. Walker 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

Mr. Creamer 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). Mr. Creamer holds a MS in Design Management & Product Development from University of Coventry and a MS in Software Technology from Napier University, Edinburgh.