Mike Kauffman has worked at Infinera, the technological leader in optical networking, for more than 13 years. He has held roles as a design engineer and as an engineering leader in the Photonic Integrated Circuit Module team. Since 2010 has been the Vice President, Hardware Development in the Systems Engineering organization where his team is building the industry's best optical networking equipment. Prior to Infinera, Dr. Kauffman worked at Gadzoox Networks, building some of the first Fibre Channel hubs and switches, at Hewlett-Packard Research Lab, developing millimeter wave radios, and at Comsat Labs developing satellite and earth station antennas. Dr. Kauffman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.