Will Schroeder

Will Schroeder

Opportunity Catalyst

Dr. Schroeder is a co-founder of Kitware, and he served as Kitware’s CEO for 19 years. Will’s current role is to identify technology and business opportunities and to obtain the necessary support for Kitware to meet these opportunities. Dr. Schroeder also provides technical leadership in large open-source projects such as the National Library of Medicine Insight Toolkit project (www.itk.org); the NA-MIC NIH National Center for Biomedical Computing (www.na-mic.org); and the Visualization Toolkit (www.vtk.org), where he is a lead developer, member of the Architecture Review Board, and first author of the Visualization Toolkit textbook. Dr. Schroeder is also an advocate for open-source software and business models, and he assistant-teaches an open-source course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), (with Dr. Luis Ibanez, as part of the Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Schroeder was a computational scientist at the General Electric (GE) Corporate Research and Development Center, where he developed software visualization tools for the analysis of mechanical systems such as aircraft engines, as well as medical and general computational visualization. In an earlier position at the same organization, he developed advanced tools for fully automatic mesh generation. From 1980 through 1987, he was a design engineer at GE’s Gas Turbine Division, where he helped design and implement advanced simulation systems based on finite element, finite difference and boundary element numerical methods.

Dr. Schroeder graduated in 1983 with an M.S. in applied mathematics and in 1991 with a Ph.D. in mathematics from (RPI). His Ph.D. was obtained part-time over an eleven-year period while he worked full time at GE. Dr. Schroeder graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1980 as a mechanical engineer. Dr. Schroeder continues to be active in the research community presenting papers, teaching courses and participating in panel discussions at such conferences as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Visualization and Siggraph. Dr. Schroeder has also been an invited speaker at many scientific computing and open source conferences.

  1. T. Kapur, S. Pieper, A. Fedorov, J. Fillion-Robin, M. Halle, L. O’Donnell, A. Lasso, T. Ungi, C. Pinter, J. Finet, S. Pujol, J. Jagadeesan, J. Tokuda, I. Norton, R. S. J. Estepar, D. Gering, H. J. Aerts, M. Jakab, N. Hata, L. Ibanez, D. Blezek, J. Miller, S. Aylward, W. Grimson, G. Fichtinger, W. M. Wells, W. E. Lorensen, W. Schroeder, and R. Kikinis, "Increasing the impact of medical image computing using community-based open-access hackathons: the na-mic and 3d slicer experience.," Medical image analysis, vol. 33, pp. 176--180, Jul. 2016.
  2. A. Bauer, B. Geveci, and W. Schroeder, "The Catalyst User’s Guide v2.0 ParaView 4.3.," Feb. 2015.
  3. L. Ibanez, W. Schroeder, and M. Hanwell, "Book chapter: Practicing Open Science. From: Implementing Reproducible Computational Research," Apr. 2014.
  4. B. Geveci and W. Schroeder, "The Architecture of Open Source Applications," Nov. 2013.
  5. H. Childs, B. Geveci, W. Schroeder, J. Meredith, K. Moreland, C. Sewell, T. Kuhlen, and E. Bethel, "Research challenges for visualization software," IEEE Computer 46, vol. 5, pp. 34--42, Jan. 2013.
  6. M. Hanwell, A. Perera, W. Turner, P. O'Leary, K. Osterdahl, B. Hoffman, and W. Schroeder, "Sustainable software ecosystems for open science," arXiv.org, Sep. 2013.
  7. T. Kapur, R. Whitaker, R. Kikinis, S. Aylward, M. Jakab, and W. Schroeder, "The National Alliance for Medical Image Computing, a Roadmap Initiative to Build a Free and Open Source Software Infrastructure for Translational Research in Medical Image Analysis," vol. 19, pp. 176--180, Nov. 2013.
  8. B. Hoffman, K. Martin, W. Schroeder, B. Geveci, A. Brown, G. Wilson, R. Bryant, J. Crook, C. Ramey, M. Seltzer, K. Bostic, K. Moir, C. Davis, R. Chansler, H. Kuang, S. Radia, K. Scvachko, S. Srinivas, C. Brown, R. Canino-Koning, E. Ivov, C. Lattner, D. Ochtman, A. Marcus, T. Ziade, F. Cesarini, A. Gross, J. Sheehy, S. Steward, E. Allman, R. Bryant, A. Lagar-Cavilla, A. Tang, D. Madeley, A. Laudicina, A. Mavrinac, C. Horstmann, J. Freire, D. Koop, E. Santos, R. Shimooka, and D. White, "The Architecture of Open Source," pp. 67--77, May 2011.
  9. T. Kapur, S. Pieper, R. Whitaker, S. Aylward, M. Jakab, W. Schroeder, and R. Kikinis, "The national alliance for medical image computing, a roadmap initiative to build a free and open source software infrastructure for translational research in medical image analysis," Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Nov. 2011.
  10. L. Ibanez and W. Schroeder, "The Case for Open Science," Feb. 2010.
  11. W. J. Schroeder et al., "Framework and methods for visualizing higher-order finite elements," IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Special Issue Visualization 2005, vol. 12, pp. 446--460, Jan. 2006.
  12. S. Pieper, B. Lorensen, W. Schroeder, and R. Kikinis, "The NA-MIC Kit: ITK, VTK, Pipelines, Grids and 3D Slicer as An Open Platform for the Medical Image Computing Community," Apr. 2006.
  13. W. Schroeder et al., "The visualization toolkit: an object-oriented approach to 3D graphics [visualize data in 3D - medical, engineering or scientific; build your own applications with C++, Tcl, Java or Python; includes source code for VTK (supports UNIX, Windows and Mac)]," Jan. 2006.
  14. W. Schroeder et al., "Methods and framework for visualizing higher-order finite elements," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 12, pp. 446--, Jul. 2006.
  15. W. J. Schroeder et al., "Framework for Visualizing Higher-Order Basis Functions," pp. 43--50, Oct. 2005.
  16. W. J. Schroeder et al., "Framework for Visualizing Higher-Order Basis Functions," pp. 43--50, Oct. 2005.
  17. W. Schroeder et al., "Framework for Visualizing Higher-Order Basis Functions," Oct. 2005.
  18. W. Schroeder and K. Martin, "Overview of visualization," The Visualization Handbook, Jan. 2004.
  19. W. Schroeder and K. Martin, "The Visualization Toolkit," Jan. 2004.
  20. W. Schroeder and M. Shephard, "Computational Visualization," Jan. 2004.
  21. W. J. Schroeder et al., "Compatible Triangulations of Spatial Decompositions," pp. 211--218, Oct. 2004.
  22. W. J. Schroeder et al., "Software Process: The Key to Developing Robust, Reusable and Maintainable Open-Source Software," pp. 648--651, Apr. 2004.
  23. B. King and W. Schroeder, "Automated Wrapping of Complex C++ Code," Jan. 2003.
  24. L. Ibáñez, W. Schroeder, L. Ng, J. Cates, t. Consortium, and R. Hamming, "The ITK Software Guide," Jan. 2003.
  25. W. J. Schroeder, "The Visualization Toolkit User's Guide," Jan. 2003.
  26. W. J. Schroeder et al., "The Visualization Toolkit: An Object-Oriented Approach to 3D Graphics, Third Edition," Jan. 2003.
  27. T. S. Yoo, M. J. Ackerman, W. E. Lorensen, W. Schroeder, V. Chalana, S. Aylward, D. Metaxas, and R. Whitaker, "Engineering and Algorithm Design for an Image Processing API: A Technical Report on ITK - the Insight Toolkit," pp. 586--592, Jan. 2002.
  28. W. J. Schroeder et al., "The Visualization Toolkit User's Guide," Jan. 2001.
  29. H. Pfister, W. E. Lorensen, C. L. Bajaj, G. L. Kindlmann, W. J. Schroeder, L. Avila, K. Martin, R. Machiraju, and J. Lee, "The Transfer Function Bake-Off," vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 16--22, Jun. 2001.
  30. W. Schroeder et al., "Visualizing with VTK: A Tutorial," Sep. 2000.
  31. C. Law, K. M. Martin, W. J. Schroeder, and J. E. Temkin, "A Multi-Threaded Streaming Pipeline Architecure for Large Structured Data Sets," Oct. 1999.
  32. W. Schroeder et al., "The Visualization Toolkit, 2nd Edition," Jan. 1998.
  33. C. Law, L. S. Avila, and W. J. Schroeder, "Application of Path Planning and Visualization for Industrial Design and Maintainability Analysis," Jan. 1998.
  34. Y. Chiang, C. T. Silva, and W. J. Schroeder, "Interactive Out-of-Core Isosurface Extraction," pp. 167--174, Oct. 1998.
  35. L. Sobierajski and W. Schroeder, "Interactive Visualization of Aircraft and Power Generation Engines," pp. 483--486, Oct. 1997.
  36. W. J. Schroeder and T. Citriniti, "Decimating Polygonal Meshes," pp. 109--112, Jul. 1997.
  37. W. J. Schroeder et al., "The Visualization Toolkit: An Object Orient Approach to Computer Graphics, Second Edition," Jan. 1997.
  38. W. J. Schroeder, "A Topology Modifying Progressive Decimation Algorithm," pp. 205--212, Oct. 1997.
  39. W. J. Schroeder, "Visualizing Scientific Data," vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 33--37, Jun. 1996.
  40. W. J. Schroeder and W. Lorensen, "3-D Surface Contours," pp. 26--32, Jul. 1996.
  41. W. J. Schroeder et al., "The Design and Implementation of an Object-Oriented Toolkit for 3D Graphics and Visualization," pp. 516--593, Nov. 1996.
  42. M. Shephard and W. J. Schroeder, "Analysis data for visualization," Computer Visualization Graphics Techniques for Scientific and Engineering Analysis, Jan. 1995.
  43. W. J. Schroeder et al., "Implicit Modeling of Swept Surfaces and Volumes," pp. 40--55, Oct. 1994.
  44. H. Cline, W. E. Lorensen, and W. J. Schroeder, "3D Phase Contrast MRI of Cerebral Blood Flow and Surface Anatomy," vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 173--177, Mar. 1993.
  45. H. Cline, W. Lorensen, and W. Schroeder, "Three Dimensional Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Blood Flow And Surface Anatomy," pp. 173--177, Jan. 1993.
  46. W. J. Schroeder et al., "Visage: An Object-Oriented Scientific Visualization System," pp. 126--132, Oct. 1992.
  47. W. J. Schroeder et al., "Decimation of triangle meshes," Computer Graphics, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 65--70, Aug. 1992.