Christopher S. Ritter is the Director of the Digital Innovation Center of Excellence and the Group Lead with the Digital and Software Engineering group at Idaho National Laboratory. He currently leads digital engineering on the Versatile Test Reactor, National Reactor Innovation Center, and NNSA digital twin programs. His expertise is in software engineering, software development, leading software teams, systems engineering software integration, and database management. Before coming to INL, he was director of software development at SPEC Innovations, in Manassas, Virginia. He served as the chief architect of Innoslate, a popular systems engineering tool that leverages elastic cloud technologies and AI/NLP for high scalability and advanced analytics. Architected the software system and consulted on the data ontology for a centralized mission risk management system for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and supported Marine Corps business process reengineering for its Capability Portfolio Management processes. He was also a computer programming teacher at St. Michael’s Academy in Warrenton, Virginia, and developed an elementary school computer programming curriculum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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