President & Co-Founder ~ William Mackie Ph.D.

Bill received his Ph.D. from OGI (Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, now a division of Oregon Health and Sciences University) in Applied Physics in 1987. He joined the faculty at Linfield College, his undergraduate alma mater, and conducted research on transition metal carbides at Linfield Research Institute. He has a lengthy list of publications in the areas of transition metal carbides, field emission cathodes, thermionic sources, and thin film uses of refractory materials. Along with his full-time duties at Applied Physics Technologies, he is also a professor of physics at Linfield College and a former director of the Linfield Research Institute. View a list of his publications.

Chief Executive Officer ~ Alana R. Celia, MBA

Alana is a graduate of Linfield College where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Business Management. Alana completed her MBA through Willamette University’s MBA for Professionals program in 2016. Previously she worked at in their Operations and Marketing & Sales department. Alana has over eight years experience with thermionic and field emission. Alana also has a strong background in business related topics; she completed a marketing and management internship that focused on creating business Internet platforms for products, participated in a molecular physics internship at SRI International, and spent a summer analyzing biotechnology clusters at Keck Graduate Institute. Alana began her adventures at APTech in 2008 and started as the Marketing & Sales Manager. After creating APTech's Marketing Department, she was promoted to the Director of Marketing & Business Development. Alana currently supervises APTech's Operations & Business departments, along with focusing on strategic planning, OEM account management and sales outreach.

Chief Technical Officer ~ Gerald (Bud) Magera Ph.D.

Bud received his Ph.D. from OGI (Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, now a division of Oregon Health and Sciences University) in Electrical Engineering in 1993 after attending Linfield College as an undergraduate. The following 13 years were spent at the FEI Company as a Research Scientist in the Beam Technology Division. Bud joined APTech in 2006. Areas of expertise include electron and ion source development, charged particle optics, high voltage systems, vacuum technology, and surface physics and chemistry related to electron and ion emission. Bud has been granted five electron source patents.

Product & Process Scientist ~ Josh M. Lovell

Josh Lovell, Bachelor of Science in Physics 2010, joined the APTech team after graduation from Linfield College. Josh has become a key resource in our Research & Development department where he has researched and co-published work aimed at using transitional metal carbides as thermal, cold field as well as extended Schottky sources. As a member of the R&D team, Josh has been highly involved with our Ga liquid metal ion source (LMIS) and transitioning development projects to APTech production products. Josh has worked with many of the electron source manufacturing processes from zone refining, to shaping, assembly, burn-in, operation, and failure analysis. Josh travels to many of our conferences and trade shows as a technical representative of APTech. Josh has recently taken an active role in our operations department as our Product & Process Scientist. In this role, he has been an integral part in implementing our new MRP system, improving processes and procedures throughout the company, and overseeing quality control.

Marketing & Operations Director ~ Laura C. Lovell

Laura earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Linfield College in 2009. After graduation, Laura spent three years with AQx Sports as the Business Operations Manager. In 2011, Laura joined the APTech team part-time as our Marketing Manager where she focused her time on designing our company website, trade show booth, and brochures. Laura came on full-time at APTech in 2012 as our Director of Business Development and Operations to expand her marketing work, oversee our international distributors, attend conferences and trade shows, manage a product line, and assist with processing customer orders. In October of 2013, Laura left APTech on a year-long hiatus, but has since rejoined our team as Marketing & Operations Director. Feel free to stop by our conference booth to meet Laura as she represents APTech at every trade show and manages our direct marketing efforts. Within Operations, Laura manages our strategic suppliers and high dollar inventory items as well as our internal employee development efforts.

Production Team Lead ~ Sarah E. Searcy

Sarah started her 2nd endeavor at APTech in 2009. She supports many of our manufacturing processes from LaB6 & CeBix® shaping, to cathode assembly, tungsten wire etching, Schottky emitter building, and processing our Ga liquid metal ion sources (LMIS). As Production Team Lead, Sarah is a key part of the connection between our R&D and production teams and coordinates production scheduling and quality control. Aside from daily operations, Sarah is APTech’s Safety Committee President where she has been an integral part in APTech obtaining Oregon SHARP award status since 2012 and coordinating our safety efforts with local fire and police departments. Outside of APTech, Sarah is involved in many aspects of community service, she is currently the Silent Auction Director for McMinnville Mayor’s Charity Ball, has volunteered in our local soup kitchen and food bank, and is a member of our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Controller  ~ Brooke L. Anderson, CPA

Brooke Anderson had an interest in mathematics from a very early age. Her natural inclination toward the field led to a curiosity about accounting which was nurtured by her college professors. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Brooke was awarded an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. This led to Brooke’s current role as a Controller at Applied Physics Technologies. Brooke manages and oversees all business planning. In addition to setting up accounting procedures and programs, she loves working with a team and learning about new businesses. Recently Brooke received the 2014 Young Professional of the Year Award from the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce.

Office Administrator ~ Kris J. Gullo

Kris has a Associates Degree in Graphic Design, and extensive background in customer service and office management. Her experience ranges from managing office systems and staffing for large software development company Aldus Corporation, in the 1980s, to owning her own business. Prior to joining APTech in August 2012, Kris managed the McMinnville Downtown Association, a non-profit downtown development organization. Professionally, and personally, Kris brings a commitment to teamwork, and a determination to create positive relationships and outcomes to her current role interacting with customers every day. Promoted from Office Manager in September 2013, she is now responsible for managing day-to-day business functions of the office, analyzing cash flow, A/R & A/P, high level purchasing and end user sales.


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