Great lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT) announced today that Elina Kasman has joined the company as its Vice President of Business Development.

Elina leads the commercial activities for GLCT’s products. She has 20+ years of experience as a technical expert on single crystal materials, with 10 years dedicated to fabrication of x-ray crystal optics at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source. While at Argonne, she also supported the DOE-BES SBIR/STTR program and focused on the development of commercial partnerships, initiation of collaborative agreements, and licensing of intellectual property for laboratory developed technologies. Elina’s experience with crystalline materials includes development of processes to meet customer needs using diamond abrasive products at Engis Corporation. She earned a BS from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an MS from University of Illinois at Chicago, both in Electrical Engineering. Additionally, Elina is an active volunteer including 13 years as a board member of the Big Dreams Children’s Foundation.

GLCT recently built its R&D Laboratory to service federal grant opportunities aligned with its product and technology roadmaps. Fielding strong commercial demand for its products for a wide range of high tech applications led by quantum sensors and advanced electronics, the company is constructing its Prototype Manufacturing Plant.

GLCT’s President & CEO Keith Evans commented, “It’s the perfect time to add Elina to our growing team as we transition from the development stage to the commercialization stage in pursuit of our mission to become the leading supplier of high-performance crystalline diamond materials. She has a deep understanding of diamond and other crystalline materials as well as all of our primary target applications.”

Ms. Kasman will work closely with Ms. Angel Zhang, Director of Business Development, on GLCT’s commercial and federal grant pipelines. Together they will help drive the company’s product development efforts which are led by Dr. Paul Quayle and the company’s commercial production efforts which are led by Dr. Ramon Diaz.

About Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT)

GLCT’s mission is to become the leading provider of high-performance diamond materials for high-technology applications. GLCT launched in 2019 as a Michigan State University (MSU) startup with early support from Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures. The company has also benefited from the positive Michigan based ecosystem for startups receiving the Business Accelerator Fund and Emerging Technologies Fund, both of which are administered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. GLCT is a founding member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, a corporate partner of the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), a member of the UCSB NSF Quantum Foundry industrial advisory board, and a member of the Resilient Infrastructure + Secure Energy (RISE) Consortium. For more information about GLCT visit our website or send us an email.