Meet the Team

Stephan Naegeler (President)

Stephan has worked with lasers since 1994. His engineering
diploma thesis focused on generating 3d structures utilizing CO2 lasers. After being an Executive
Director for a laser research organization he and his business partners founded Laser
Welding Solutions in 2005.

Thurman Harrell (Director of Laser Technology)

Thurman is a licensed professional engineer with extensive experience in a wide variety of engineering
design and analysis, with a special emphasis on weldments, hydraulics and machinery.
Thurman brings skills in process optimization and computational geometry to LWS for
complete coverage of our customers’ technical needs.

Edward Peterson (Manager of Quality Control and R&D)

Edward is a degreed welding engineer and an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). He has
experience with various welding codes, the development and qualification of welding procedures
to customer and industry specifications, and ISO 9001 quality management systems.

Brian Knust (Sales)

Brian is a double business major and a third generation shop executive. Before joining LWS in 2011, Brian worked for years in a CNC machine shop where he began learning manufacturing from the ground up. His experience stems from operating machinery all the way up to becoming a Sales Executive.