Rick Lytel, Chief Executive Officer

Rick specializes in leading scientific innovations from the lab to applications. He has created scientific and engineering ventures in photonics, predictive medicine, multiprocessor system design, multithreaded software tools and polymer fiber products. Rick has also built physics labs for high performance computer systems, laser labs for studies in nonlinear optical devices, and a development center and pilot production line for planar optical devices. He has served on the technical advisory boards of startups in optical silicon devices, predictive medicine, software reliability tools, micro-mechanical switches, optical discs, and multithreading software tools.  He is a co-founder of Klar Scientific.

Rick earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University, specializing in theoretical high energy physics. He has over 90 publications in particle physics, nonlinear optics, photonic devices, computer systems, and quasi-one dimensional systems. He is presently Adjunct Professor of Physics at Washington State University and head of a consulting group for launching scientific ventures. 

Matt McCluskey, Chief Technology Officer

Matt is a professor of physics and materials science at Washington State University (WSU). His research interests include semiconductors, high-pressure physics, and optics. His work at WSU is funded by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. As part of this experimental program, Matt’s group developed groundbreaking innovations in optical microscopy. Matt has served on scientific advisory panels, given invited talks at international conferences, and was elected chair the 2019 International Conference on Defects in Semiconductors. He is member of the American Physical Society, Materials Research Society, and SPIE.  He is a co-founder of Klar Scientific.

Matt earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He joined WSU as an assistant professor in 1998. He has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed publications, including two invited articles featured on the cover of Journal of Applied Physics, nine articles with over 100 citations, and two textbooks.

Slade Jokela, Principal Scientist

Slade has a broad range of experience in design and automation of scientific equipment. He began his work researching hydrogen defects in semiconducting zinc oxide while earning his Ph.D. at Washington State University.  His postdoctoral work gave him the opportunity to transition into equipment development for novel work in Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) while at the University of Georgia and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) of materials for secondary electron emission, photovoltaics, and exchange-coupled magnetic core-shell structures while at Argonne National Labs.

Slade has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed papers, three of which have been cited over 100 times.

Violet Poole, Hardware Engineer

Violet has broad experience with many different detector systems and spectroscopic instruments. She helped develop a control system for an MIT Haystack radio telescope at a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at the University of Iowa. She also worked on detector characterization with the LIGO gravitational wave collaboration. Following that, she pursued material science and earned her Ph.D. at Washington State University, working on optical characterization of defects in semiconductors using a variety of spectroscopic techniques, such as FTIR, PL, Raman and UV/Vis spectroscopy. Her postdoctoral work continued this research while allowing her to transition into instrument design.

Violet is first author on six peer-reviewed papers and contributed to two more papers.  She was also a member of the LIGO Collaboration listed on eight additional papers.



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