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3 Questions with Susan Houde-Walter of LaserMaxDefense

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Photonics Media recently spoke with Susan Houde-Walter, CEO of LaserMaxDefense (LMD). LMD is a laser manufacturer based in Rochester, N.Y., that specializes in diode and quantum cascade lasers. Houde-Walter serves on the Army Science Board and the National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict division, and has served on the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. She is a past president of OSA (2005), was a full tenured faculty member at the University of Rochester, and is now adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona. She has received various awards for service to the defense department, for her technical contributions, and for entrepreneurship.

Your online profile says you were the first female regular faculty member of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. You completed your undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College, which has a reputation as a school of humanities. How did you bridge science and humanities, and why optics? It’s true that I was brought up as an artist. I was exploring a new medium — holography — but I quickly became enamored with the science. Optical science opened the world for me. Susan Houde-Walter You’ve had a very distinguished entrepreneurial...Read full article

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