Bill Hoffman

Chief Technical Officer

Board of Directors
Business Development
Company Leadership
Open Source Software Technology Program
Software Solutions
Systems Administration

Kitware New York
Clifton Park, NY

20 Years Service at Kitware

M.S. in Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

B.S. in Computer Science
University of Central Florida

Bill Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman is a founder of Kitware and currently serves as Chairman of the Board, Vice President, and Chief Technical Officer (CTO). He is the original author and lead architect of CMake, an open source, cross-platform build and configuration tool that is used by hundreds of projects around the world, and he is the co-author of the accompanying text, Mastering CMake. Using his 20+ years of experience with large software systems development, Mr. Hoffman is also a major technical contributor to Kitware’s Visualization Toolkit, Insight Toolkit, and ParaView projects.

As CTO, Mr. Hoffman’s emphasis is on software development methodologies and establishing best practices across the breadth of Kitware’s development efforts. As one of the visionaries leading the quality software process efforts at Kitware, Bill has been instrumental in adopting agile programming practices, fueling Kitware’s software development. He is a frequent speaker on these subjects and has appeared at the O’Reilly Open Source Conference and as an invited speaker at the Google tech talk series.

Mr. Hoffman received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida and an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Prior to the formation of Kitware, he spent nine years at the General Electric Corporate Research and Development center, working in the Computer Vision Group. He has planned and taught several graduate-level courses at RPI as well as a course in object-oriented programming at New York University.


  1. K. Martin and B. Hoffman, Mastering CMake: a cross-platform build system. Kitware Inc, 2015.
  2. K. Martin, B. Hoffman, and A. Cedilnik, Mastering CMake: a cross-platform build system, 6. ed. Kitware, 2013.
  3. M. Hanwell, A. Perera, W. Turner, P. O'Leary, K. Osterdahl, B. Hoffman, and W. Schroeder, "Sustainable Software Ecosystems for Open Science," in Workshop on Sustainable Software: Practices and Experiences, 2013. [URL]
  4. B. Davis and B. Hoffman, "Issue RADAR Using Git/Master/Mantis," Kitware Source, 2011.
  5. B. King and W. Hoffman, "Distributed version control: The future of history," Kitware Source, no. 15, 2010.
  6. K. Martin, B. Hoffman, and A. Cedilnik, Mastering CMake: a cross-platform build system, 4. ed. Kitware, 2008.
  7. K. Martin and B. Hoffman, "An Open Source Approach to Developing Software in a Small Organization," IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 46-53, Jan. 2007. [URL]
  8. W. Schroeder, L. Avila, K. Martin, W. Hoffman, and C. Law, The VTK User's Guide. Kitware, 2006.
  9. W. Hoffman and K. Martin, "The CMake build manager," Doctor Dobbs Journal, vol. 28, pp. 40-46, Jan. 2003. [URL]
  10. K. Martin, W. Hoffman, and B. Geveci, "Creating Libraries for Multiple Programming Languages," Dr. Dobb's Journal, 2002.
  11. W. Schroeder, L. Avila, and W. Hoffman, "Visualizing with VTK: A tutorial," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 20-27, Oct. 2000. [URL]
  12. W. Hoffman and R. Curwen, "Pseudo-incremental linking for c/c++," Dr. Dobb's Journal, 1999.
  13. C. Rothwell, J. Mundy, and B. Hoffman, "Representing objects using topology," in Object Representation in Computer Vision II. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1996, pp. 79-108. [URL]
  14. C. Rothwell, J. Mundy, W. Hoffman, and V. Nguyen, "Driving vision by topology," in Proceedings of International Symposium on Computer Vision, 1995. [URL]
  15. J. Mundy, C. Huang, J. Liu, W. Hoffman, D. Forsyth, C. Rothwell, A. Zisserman, S. Utcke, and O. Bournez, "MORSE: A 3D Object Recognition System Based on Geometric Invariants," in Proceedings of the ARPA Image Understanding Workshop, 1994.

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