Meet Loren Larson, our Principle Field Technical Support Engineer in Orlando, Florida who has been with Cymer since May of 1997.
Originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota, Loren received his Associates of Arts in Electronics Technologies from Brown University and took multiple classes in laser Technology from the University of Minnesota.
“I left North Dakota in 1979, escaping the frigid flat winter tundra to Tampa-Florida. After that, I went to college in Minneapolis, Minnesota and accepted my first job in San Jose, California working with Scientific/Surgical lasers in October of 1983. I transferred to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, supporting the company’s ophthalmic surgical laser fleet positioned up and down the North American east coast. After living in North Carolina, I relocated to Orlando in 1987 supporting the surgical/aesthetic laser market in more than 100 hospitals throughout the state of Florida.”
“I was hired at Cymer to support the Lucent fab in Orlando, but quickly migrated to a Senior Field Service Engineer/Technical Support role shortly after.”
Loren’s job responsibilities include reviewing data analysis, creating action plans for the region, escalation support, and advanced data curriculum training.
“My favorite part about Cymer is the people we interact with – Cymer internally, the integrators and the chipmakers. I also love the technology we interact with daily – it’s both challenging and interesting. It’s not easy, but we end up collectively pulling it off each and every day.”
In Loren’s past time, he enjoys participating in charity bike rides with his group of engineer friends from companies like Orlando Healthcare, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, and Martin Marietta. These rides all benefit multiple causes including cures and financial help needed for Diabetes, Breast Cancer, MS, ALS and Ataxia.
“I’ve participated in six charity rides this year, personally biking over 800 miles since I picked up my road bike in April of 2016. The rides we participated in this year included the Tour de Cure for Diabetes, Winter Garden Wheel Works “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Ride, Bike MS: PGA Tour Cycle To The Shore, 2016 Ride to Defeat ALS, Ride Ataxia, Orlando and the Horrible Hundred.”
“I like to do these rides for exercise and mental floss, but also for the comradery with like-minded professionals and the community reach aspect. I also ride for many other reasons close to my heart: my close friend and teammate’s wife has been diagnosed, and is living with ALS, my close cousins were diagnosed with MS, my co-workers and friends are fighting Diabetes, and my mother was a 20-year breast cancer survivor.”
With his family’s help, Loren has raised over $2,750 and with his team, over $12,000 this year to help these great causes. Since 2014, Loren has ridden in over 24 formal charity biking events.
Outside of work at Cymer and biking, Loren enjoys cooking, reading about history and science, playing chess and piano, and challenging his mind with Sudoku puzzles.