Aron Helser

Aron Helser

Staff R&D Engineer

Aron received his Bachelor of Science in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University. He then pursued a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

Prior to joining Kitware, Aron was a software consultant at Geometric Tools, Inc. His efforts included front-end development with JavaScript and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) based visualization. He worked on projects such as a tablet game for the visually-impaired that uses the three-dimensional (3D) Web Audio standard. Aron was also a senior driver software developer at NVIDIA. In this role, he worked on DirectX driver development for next-generation graphics chips, which coincided with the release of Windows 10.

Aron completed his longest stint at 3rdTech, Inc., where he commercialized research projects from UNC. These projects share a common thread: to simplify the user experience so a non-technical user can accomplish his or her tasks. For example, Aron helped bring NanoManipulator to 3rdTech. The NanoManipulator is an interface to an atomic-force microscope that uses visualization and a haptic-display to interact with and manipulate nano-scale samples in a microscope. Aron then shifted to the DeltaSphere project, which uses a laser rangefinder to capture room-sized spaces and reconstruct a 3D model of them. He also architected and implemented SceneVision-3D, a software package that makes the DeltaSphere useful in crime-scene capture and forensic investigation.

  1. T. Hudson, A. Helser, D. Sonnenwald, and M. Whitton, "Managing collaboration in the nanoManipulator," in Proceedings of the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, 2003. [URL]
  2. S. Paulson, A. Helser, M. Nardelli, R. Taylor, M. Falvo, R. Superfine, and S. Washburn, "Tunable resistance of a carbon nanotube-graphite interface," Science, vol. 290, no. 5497, pp. 1742-1744, Dec. 2000.
  3. M. Falvo, R. Taylor, A. Helser, V. Chi, F. Brooks, S. Washburn, and R. Superfine, "Nanometre-scale rolling and sliding of carbon nanotubes," Nature, vol. 397, no. 6716, pp. 236-238, Jan. 1999. [URL]