Jenifer Bunis, Principal, Westlake PhotonicsJenifer Bunis is a native of Buffalo, New York, and in 1986, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Armed with this unique and highly specialized degree, she moved to Boston to begin her career at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where she worked as a research associate in the Laser Radar Group, under the Star Wars defense program. After two years in this role, she decided to move away from pure research and towards a more commercial venture. She joined Questek, a manufacturer of Excimer lasers, as an Applications Engineer. Upon the sale of Questek four years later, Jenifer accepted a position as the first Sales Engineer for Synrad, then a small CO2 laser startup in a Seattle suburb. Jenifer stayed at this company for almost twenty years, growing the company and her responsibilities along the way. From a Sales Engineer to Executive Vice President, she gained valuable experience in operations, business development, sales, and supply chain management. Her years of industry experience culminated in joining the board of Rofin-Sinar, an international laser and systems manufacturer, acquired by Coherent in 2016. She then started Westlake Photonics, a photonics consulting firm specializing in Talent Acquisition, Business Development, and M&A. Jenifer brings 25+ years of experience in management of all aspects of Laser/Photonics business including: Components, Systems, and Applications, as well as an extensive personal/business network in Photonics.