Dr. Mait received his BSEE from the University of Virginia in 1979 and received his graduate degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology; his MSEE in 1980 and Ph.D. in 1985.
From 1988 until 2018, Dr. Mait was with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (formerly Harry Diamond Laboratories), where among other responsibilities, he was the lab's Chief Scientist. Early in his career Dr. Mait was an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He was also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an adjunct professor at Duke University. He has held visiting positions at the Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Optik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University in Washington DC, and the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies.
Dr. Mait's research interests include sensors and the application of optics, photonics, and electro-magnetics to sensing and sensor signal processing. Particular research areas include graded-index optical design, diffractive optic design, and computational imaging. He also had an unexpected sojourn into autonomous systems, where for six years he led ARL’s program on micro-autonomous systems and technology.
He was Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics from 2009-2014. He is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA, and a senior member of IEEE. He is also a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu, and is a Raven from the University of Virginia.