Keith Evans, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Dr. Evans began his career at US Air Force Research Laboratory where he advanced the technology of crystal growth for manufacturing III-V compound semiconductor devices for the defense sector. He went on to hold executive positions at Semiconductor Laser International, QED/IQE, Veeco, Crystal IS, and Kyma Technologies. Recently he joined Spartan Innovations (a subsidiary of MSU Foundation) as an Entrepreneur in Residence with a primary goal of starting Great Lakes Crystal Technologies. Keith received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University.
Timothy Grotjohn, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Technical Advisor
Dr. Grotjohn is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU and he also collaborates with the MSU/Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies (CCD) as a Senior Scientist. Dr. Grotjohn is an expert in the modeling, design, diagnostics, and applications of plasma-assisted materials processes and processing machines and has 25 years of experience in growing diamond and processing diamond into devices/applications. He holds 13 patents with 9 related to diamond synthesis and processing. He has a total of 67 journal papers and over 250 conference papers/presentations with many on diamond. Tim received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Paul Quayle, Ph.D.
Paul Quayle leads GLCT’s diamond synthesis efforts and is the PI on multiple federal funding grants. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Grotjohn’s laboratory at MSU before joining GLCT. He gained three years of experience as a research scientist in an industrial semiconductor R&D company after completing graduate school. Paul received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from Case Western Reserve University.
Mr. Grotjohn recently graduated from Lansing Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business. He is currently a junior and pursuing his B.S. in Marketing at The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He has prior experience in the diamond growth technology as a member of the systems group at The Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies.