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Leadership Team



Monte Lawrence  – Founder and former CEO and President

Monte Lawrence founded LSRL, Inc. in 1992.  LSRL was his third epitaxial deposition service company, following successes with U.S. Semiconductor Corporation (sold to Sumitomo) and Lawrence Semiconductor Laboratory (LSL, sold to ATMI).  Dr. Lawrence is a major benefactor of institutions such as Arizona State University (his alma mater), where he has established the Lawrence Chair of Solid State Science, which is held by Prof. Nathan Newman. Monte Lawrence previously served in management positions at companies such as Applied Materials and Motorola. Dr. Lawrence holds a B.S. in physics from Arizona State University and an Sc.D. in Materials Science from Arizona State University.




LSRL-2James Huffman – CEO and President

James (Jim) Huffman joined LSRL in 1996. Dr. Huffman consults and is a resource person for issues with new and existing epitaxial layer specifications both within LSRL and for its customers. He provides quotes for customers and assures adequate communications for all aspects of business. He also leads programs for advanced infrared detectors. Past experience includes: Manager of the Advanced Materials Department of the former Rockwell Science Center. Dr. Huffman holds a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from Michigan State University, and a BA in Mathematics and Physics from Calvin College.





Joe Italiano – Chief Technical Officer

Joe Italiano joined LSRL, Inc. in 2008, and holds the position of Chief Technical Officer.  His background includes over 30 years of engineering and management experience.  For 17 years prior to LSRL, he managed the demo/applications lab at ASM America, the manufacturer of epitaxial reactors.  Joe has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania.





Robin Scott – R&D Engineering Manager

Robin was a member of LSRL technical staff from 1993 to 1999 and returns to LSRL in 2017.    She has spent much of her career working as an epitaxial process engineer on group IV, as well as III-V and II-VI compound semiconductor materials growth using a variety of reactor platforms.  Additionally, her background includes design, fabrication and testing of electronic and optoelectronic devices structures.    Robin holds a B.S. in Chemistry, M.S.E and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Arizona State University.





Jeff Van Wagoner – Director of Operations

Jeff Van Wagoner joined LSRL in 2017. He has spent his career in the semiconductor and medical device industries with over 25 years of experience in wafer fabs in process engineering, facilities, and R&D. past roles include Process and Equipment Engineering manger positions at Motorola and Medtronic. While at Medtronic he was a major customer of LSRL. Jeff has a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MBA from the University of Utah.