Tom Birdsong

R&D Engineer

Medical Computing

Kitware North Carolina
Carrboro, NC

B.S. in Computer Engineering
Clemson University

Tom Birdsong is an R&D engineer on Kitware’s Medical Computing Team located in Carrboro, North Carolina. He collaborates with the rest of the Medical Computing Team to design, develop, and improve medical image analysis, visualization, and simulation software. He also supports some of the open source applications managed by Kitware, such as 3D Slicer.

While pursuing his degree at Clemson University, Birdsong founded the Clemson Immersive Space lab to lead interdisciplinary academic engagement with mixed reality technologies. He led the lab for three years to support students and professors in programs including nursing, computing, and the arts with virtual and augmented reality learning.

Birdsong also spent one year as a full-time Firmware DevOps Co-op at Itron, Inc. in R&D, where he led test automation development and execution on smart meter networks. He also completed an internship with Deloitte Consulting in their Government & Public Services sector and spent nearly two years as a part-time student innovation intern at Clemson.


  • Samuel B. Earle Award presented by Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, 2020

  • Design Excellence Award presented by Clemson University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2020

Professional Associations & Service

  • Member of IEEE Computer Society Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)

  • Member of Tau Beta Pi


  1. D. Zukić, J. Cox, L. Kovach, J. Cole, J. Marron, T. Birdsong, and M. McCormick, "Bone Morphometry of Atlas-Segmented Mouse Femurs and Tibias," in 23rd International Workshop on Quantitative Musculoskeletal Imaging, 2022.
  2. T. Birdsong, B. Paniagua, J. Cole, J. Cox, S. Marron, D. Zukić, J. Vicory, and M. McCormick, "Femur Atlas Generation and Shape Analysis with Deformable Surface Registration," in 23rd International Workshop on Quantitative Musculoskeletal Imaging, 2022.

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