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Marta de la Fuente, ASE Optics’ CTO, has been elected director of SPIE
Marta de la Fuente has been elected director of SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics). Marta is a professional with extensive experience behind her in the field of optics and engineering. She has been involved in SPIE activity since 1994.
“Coming from a country with a small optical community and industry, the first time I attended a SPIE conference, I was awed by the amount and quality of the papers presented. Above all, I was impressed with the number of professionals willing to share their knowledge. That was IODC 1994.” says Marta.
“I would like to help extend SPIE’s impact on society by supporting companies”
Step by step, she was building her career, getting more and more involved in the organization. She has been part of the Directorate, working for the Scolarship Committee, and that made her more conscious of all the needs young people face nowadays. “Education is the future. But it is only a meaningless mantra unless students find a well-paid job afterwards.” Marta concludes. Therefore, she is very clear about one of her goals as director of SPIE “I would like to help extend SPIE’s impact on society beyond education by supporting companies, specially start-ups, and individual career development.”
Women role is a key point in optics, photonics industry and in the scientific sector in general.
Another important and key point for Marta is the women role in optics, photonics industry, and in the scientific and technologic sector as well. “Women talent and point of view will play a key role in pushing innovation further and bringing Optics and Photonics closer to daily life needs.” says Marta. But, nonetheless, she is aware that it still takes a lot of work and effort to get both women and men to have the same opportunities.
For all these issues – education, support for companies and making women more attracted to STEM careers – SPIE’s actions and initiatives are crucial. “These are the issues that I have advocated for while serving on, and chairing, SPIE committees and the Board of Directors. Continuing to address these needs would be my priority while serving on the SPIE Board of Directors, and it would be an honor to do so.” says Marta.
The new horizon and challenges of optics community
Now, in 2018, the optics community is vastly more global, and SPIE is far more than a forum to exchange ideas through conferences and trade shows. SPIE is about volunteers and mentorship and many non-profit activities to make opportunities and benefits available to all of its members.
In ASE Optics we are committed with optics and photonics industry, as well as with all the community and society in general, so, for us, is an honor to be a part of this organization. We work day by day to serve our customers and partners with a high quality service and products, we contribute our bit in the improvement of life through optical technology, through our projects and R&D initiatives.
And, of course, it is an honor and a pride that our technical director, Marta, has been elected director of such an important organization.
Congratulations, Marta! Our best wishes in this new experience!