Kristen Maitland promoted to SPIE senior membership

Photo of Dr. Kristen MaitlandDr. Kristen Maitland, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was recently promoted to senior membership in SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Maitland was nominated for her achievements in the area of confocal microendoscopy.

According to SPIE, senior members are “members of distinction who will be honored for their professional experience, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and/or significant performance that sets them apart from their peers.” Although the honor is similar to the society’s fellows program, senior membership is its own category that affords members the opportunity to be recognized for their professional contributions at an earlier stage in their career.

In order to be nominated for this distinction, members must have “a minimum of five years of significant achievement or continuous SPIE membership (not as a student),” and they must apply or be nominated by a colleague or mentor. Maitland has been involved with SPIE since joining as a student member in 2001.

“Early on, I became involved in the organization both at the student chapter level and at the international organization level,” Maitland said.

She has served on the Membership Committee as a student member and a regular member, and most recently, has taken on the role of chair of the Membership Committee. The purpose of this committee is to oversee and guide the society activities that promote the professional careers and address the needs and interests of SPIE individual members. In her role as chair, she will also serve on the SPIE Strategic Planning Committee.

In addition to the Membership Committee, Maitland has served as an executive member of the Women in Optics group, as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for SPIE Professional magazine, as a reviewer for SPIE journals, and here at Texas A&M University, as the SPIE student chapter adviser. She has also served on SPIE conference program committees.

“I appreciate this honor of promotion to senior member status based on my technical contributions and my participation in the organization,” she said.

A list of the 2011 SPIE Senior Members may be viewed at