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I am a 20+ year veteran of commercial software development who has recently returned to academia as a Senior Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). My career has spanned multiple areas of research and has included open source libraries and projects since at least 2001, For more than a decade, I have been involved in imaging and visualization research using the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), in using the Insight Toolkit for Registration and Segmentation (ITK), and in the development and extension of tools based upon these and other open source platforms. In past positions, it was part of my charter to make these resources available to the broader research community. I have served as PI on open source grants and contracts such as NIRView ( http://www.nirfast.org ), an initiative out of Dartmouth College to visualize and segment breast tissue; Visomics ( http://www.visomics.org ), an NIH sponsored Phase 1 grant for the visualization and analysis of metabolomics, genomics and proteomics data; and NSF 1208912, a grant to visualize and explore the Tree of Life. I have also served as senior personnel on other bioinformatics grants such as a DOE grant, DOE VisioQuest, to extend and explore visualizations of KBase data. I helped the Veterans Administration launch the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent and served as DIrector of Open Source Operations there. Most recently in my commercial life, I was a contributor to the Open Surgical Simulator project being developed out of Simquest.
Since my return to academia, I have been teaching a very large Computer Science 1 course and serving as a faculty advisor to the Rensselaer Center for Open Source, a student run organization dedicated to the promotion of open source on campus. RCOS students get practical experience in developing software in an open source and collaborative way. Rather than being simply a hobby organization, RCOS students can get credit for their efforts through the Undergraduate Research Program here at RPI, or even earn a stipend.