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Dr. Schroeder is President and co-founder of Kitware, an open-source software company developing leading edge scientific tools for data visualization, computer vision, medical imaging, and quality software process. Will’s role at Kitware is to identify technology and business opportunities, and to obtain the necessary support for Kitware to meet these opportunities.
Prior to founding Kitware, Will worked at GE Research where he was principle developer for the open-source Visualization Toolkit (vtk.org) software, including writing a textbook published by Prentice-Hall. While VTK provided the impetus to found Kitware, Dr. Schroeder has also been involved in the creation of other open-source systems including the medical image analysis toolkit ITK (itk.org), and the software process tools CMake (cmake.org) and CDash (cdash.org).
Dr. Schroeder has been a speaker and panelist at several prestigious venues including SIGGRAPH, IEEE Visualization, and many other conferences and invited talks. He also teaches an open-source software practice course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Will has e mechanical engineering degree from the University of Maryland, with a MS and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Will enjoys writing and speaking passionately about open-source software.