Patricia Panchak

Editor in Chief

Patricia Panchak began her role as editor in chief of Laser Focus World in August 2023. She has held editorial leadership roles for over 25 years—15 years of which were with IndustryWeek as the brand’s managing editor and then editor-in-chief. From 2011 through 2017, she then served as group content director for the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Group, which included IndustryWeek.

Since 2018, Patricia spent time as a business journalist, editorial consultant, and public speaker, specializing in business and manufacturing strategies and best practices; trends and emerging technologies; and public policy.

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Executive Forum

Laser Focus World's 2023 career and salary survey results

Nov. 27, 2023
The 2023 survey of Laser Focus World’s community reveals high job satisfaction and optimism for the future.
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Executive Forum

When business and geopolitical worlds collide

Nov. 3, 2023
Photonics professionals face a changing—and challenging—competitive landscape driven not only by emerging technologies.
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Commentary

Making photonics more visible

Oct. 11, 2023
When the Nobel Prize recognizes researchers in photonics—in two categories in one year, no less—it’s more than a cause for celebration. It’s an opportunity to raise the field’...