Chet Nieter, Ph.D.

Staff R&D Engineer

Chet Nieter, Ph.D., is a staff R&D engineer on Kitware’s Computer Vision Team located in Carrboro, North Carolina. He primarily works as a software developer and contributes to Kitware’s open source toolkits, KWIVER and TeleSculptor. He has also been involved with Kitware’s interactive, DIY-AI project. 

Chet was the principal investigator on a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project that explored developing joint 3D reconstruction methods using Electro-Optical (EO) imagery and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data.

Prior to joining Kitware,Chet was a software engineer at BAE Systems. While at BAE, he focused on developing video tracking and analytics software. 

Chet worked at Tech-X Corporation before joining BAE. As a research scientist, his responsibilities included developing and running simulation software.

In 1999, Chet received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from The Ohio State University in 1995.


Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, 1999

B.S. in physics and mathematics from The Ohio State University, 1995

Get to Know Chet

What is your favorite thing about working at Kitware? I love how Kitware values its employees and goes out of its way to support us and make sure we are happy.

What do you love most about what you do? The chance to work on challenging problems and the opportunity to contribute to world-class open source software.


Chet’s publication list is below. To see all of Kitware’s computer vision publications, please visit the Computer Vision Publications page.

  1. C. Nieter, J. Cary, G. Werner, D. Smithe, and P. Stoltz, "Application of Dey–Mittra conformal boundary algorithm to 3D electromagnetic modeling," Journal of Computational Physics, vol. 228, no. 21, pp. 7902-7916, Nov. 2009. [URL]
  2. I. Doxas, C. Nieter, D. Radford, K. Lagergren, and J. Cary, "An approximate method for linear signal decomposition in gamma-ray tracking detectors," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol. 580, no. 3, pp. 1331-1337, Oct. 2007. [URL]
  3. C. Geddes, C. Toth, J. van Tilborg, E. Esarey, C. Schroeder, D. Bruhwiler, C. Nieter, J. Cary, and W. Leemans, "High-quality electron beams from a laser wakefield accelerator using plasma-channel guiding," Nature, vol. 431, no. 7008, pp. 538-541, Sep. 2004. [URL]
  4. C. Nieter and J. Cary, "VORPAL: a versatile plasma simulation code," Journal of Computational Physics, vol. 196, no. 2, pp. 448-473, May 2004. [URL]

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