The Stanford PULSE Institute is a Stanford independent laboratory as well as a research center within the Science Directorate of SLAC. The mission of PULSE is to advance the frontiers of ultrafast science. One of our primary tools is the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world’s first hard X-ray free electron laser, located at SLAC. By leveraging the LCLS and the opportunities it enables, we strive to provide world leadership in ultrafast and short wavelength science and technology. The science being conducted by PULSE researchers is driven heavily by the transformational research opportunities introduced by ultrafast and high field science with X-rays, thus we are engaging in work that was not possible prior to the introduction of the LCLS.