Larry Hansen

Hansen, Larry

Title: Retired Executive Vice President
Company: Varian Associates
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States

With several decades of professional experience to his name, Larry Lee Hansen has enjoyed a successful career, having held numerous different roles over the years. Since 1975, he has been a corporate executive in the industrial equipment group of the Eimac Division of Varian Associates in Palo Alto, CA. Similarly, he has served the company for the same time as a vice president and executive vice president. From 1964 to 1970, he acted as a plant manager of the Eimac Division of Varian Associates Inc. in Salt Lake City, UT.

Outside of his primary endeavors, Mr. Hansen excelled as the chairman of the advisory committee in the department of commerce at the Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment in 1975. Furthermore, he has been on the board of directors of five public companies and three private companies from 1980 to 1998. Notably, he worked with Litton Industries, a large defense contractor which was founded in 1953 in Milwaukee, WI.  He dedicated his time and knowledge to the company from 1958 to 1964. During his time there, he developed the Litton Microwave Oven. Impressively, he was chosen to work on this project after having worked there for two years. A successful project, it went on to become the pattern for most future ovens. He gained notoriety for having created the first microwave that really worked.

Before entering academia, Mr. Hansen served the country in the United States Air Force, beginning his service during the Korean War in 1950. He was sent to electronics and radar school; during this time, he developed a love for electronics. He spent three years in Europe with the Air Force, which he considers to be a turning point in his life. Upon his honorable discharge, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in engineering.

Prior to establishing himself as a trusted voice in the field, Mr. Hansen sought to expand his knowledge through the pursuit of a formal education. He attended Utah State University, a public university located in Logan, UT. He ultimately graduated from the prestigious university with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1958. Two years later, he obtained a certification in business management through the University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City.

An active presence in the industry, Mr. Hansen has maintained a membership with the Semiconductor Equipment and Material Institute over the years. He began as the director of the institute in 1975. Additionally, he has acted as both the president and as chairman of the board in 1980. In light of his impressive accomplishments in the field, he has gained recognition in the form of a number of awards and accolades. In 1978, he earned a Utah State Engineering Distinguished Achievement. Moreover, he has previously been selected for inclusion in such honors publications as the 44th and 45th editions of Who’s Who in America, which were published in 1986 and 1998, respectively.

Mr. Hansen was born on August 19, 1928 in Ephraim, UT, to mother Ethel Mary Larson Hansen and father Lester J. Hansen. He later married Barbara Louise Jones on November 26, 1964. She has since passed away. Together, they had four children named Jana Lee, Lizbeth Ann, Bradley L., and Karen Lynne.

Mr. Hansen and his family have been actively involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout their entire lives. He has served as a bishop and state president, and has undertaken many teaching assignments.

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