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Christopher S. Ritter

Department Manager, Digital Engineering and Director, Digital Innovation Center of Excellence

Research Areas:
Applied Visualization; Data Science; Systems engineering and integration

Biography:

Christopher Ritter is the director of the Digital Innovation Center of Excellence and department manager for Digital Engineering at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). At INL, he leads digital twinning, digital engineering, and digital thread technologies across a portfolio of energy, nuclear, non-proliferation, and defense applications. He has led research and development of new INL capabilities to foster digital innovation including energy ontologies, model-based design processes, digital thread software (ex. Deep Lynx), on-demand cloud architectures, and application of explainable artificial intelligence models to enable the laboratory's net zero energy future. 

His research at INL has been featured in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers magazines and journals, Federal News Network, American Nuclear Society Newswire, and as a plenary speaker at digital twin events​. Additionally, he is a staunch supporter of inclusive diversity and serves as co-president of Newcomers in Leadership for the Executive Inclusion Council at INL. 

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 used in 107 countries around the world 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 for 4 years at St. Michael's Academy in Warrenton, Virginia and developed an elementary school computer science curriculum. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). ​

His primary research interest is holistic approaches to the development of digital twins across energy and defense applications.

Education:

​B.S., Computer Science, Virginia Tech

Affiliations:

​International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

SysML v2 Submission Team

ASME Plant Systems Design Committee

Publications:

Ahmad Al Rashdan, Vivek Agarwal, Shawn W St Germain, Ronald Laurids Boring, Thomas A Ulrich, Christopher S Ritter, James A Smith, “Technology Roadmap to Migrate Nuclear Power Plants to Data Driven Monitoring”, January 28, 2019.


Ahmad Y Al Rashdan, James A Smith , Shawn W St Germain, Christopher S Ritter, Vivek Agarwal, Ronald Laurids Boring, Thomas A Ulrich, “Development of a Technology Roadmap for Online Monitoring of Nuclear Power Plants,” December 5, 2018.


Christopher S Ritter, Mitchell C Kerman, Tammie L Borders, “Digital Engineering Ecosystem for Innovative Nuclear Technologies,” September 25, 2018​.


Steven H. Dam, PH.D., ESEP, Christopher Ritter. How Can We Use V&V Techniques in Early Systems
Engineering. National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Conference, October 2017.


Christopher Ritter, Robert Sperlazza. Connecting Cost, Schedule, and Performance Data for More Effective
Simulation. National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Conference, October 2017.


Christopher Ritter, F. David Ayhan. Using Natural Language Parsing (NLP) for Automated Requirements
Quality Analysis. National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Conference, October 2016.


Chris Ritter, Daniel Hettema, and Steven H. Dam, Ph.D., ESEP. Using Natural Language Parsing (NLP) for
Automated Requirements Quality Analysis. International Council on Systems Engineering Systems Engineering in DC (SEDC) 2014.


Chris Ritter, Daniel Hettema, and Steven H. Dam, Ph.D., ESEP. International Council on Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering in DC (SEDC) 2014.


Christopher Ritter. Lifecycle Modeling – Application to Software Development. International Council on
Systems Engineering in DC (SEDC) 2012.

Presentations:

​Steven H. Dam, PH.D., ESEP, Christopher Ritter. How Can We Use V&V Techniques in Early Systems
Engineering. National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Conference, October 2017.

 

Christopher Ritter, Robert Sperlazza. Connecting Cost, Schedule, and Performance Data for More Effective
Simulation. National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Conference, October 2017.

 

Christopher Ritter, F. David Ayhan. Using Natural Language Parsing (NLP) for Automated Requirements
Quality Analysis. National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Conference, October 2016.

 

Christopher Ritter, Robert Sperlazza. Application of 3D Model Simulators to a Lunch Decision Process.
International Council on Systems Engineering Systems Engineering in DC (SEDC) 2016.

 

Chris Ritter, Daniel Hettema, and Steven H. Dam, Ph.D., ESEP. Using Natural Language Parsing (NLP) for
Automated Requirements Quality Analysis. International Council on Systems Engineering Systems Engineering in DC (SEDC) 2014.

 

Chris Ritter, Daniel Hettema, and Steven H. Dam, Ph.D., ESEP. International Council on Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering in DC (SEDC) 2014.

Christopher Ritter. Lifecycle Modeling – Application to Software Development. International Council on Systems Engineering in DC (SEDC) 2012.


John Schatz, Christopher Ritter. Generating Visual and Interactive Output from System Tools. National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Conference, October 2009.


Peggy Bellows, Christopher Ritter, Carole Tarrant. New formats, old habits are lessons from Va. Tech 2007. Associated Press Managing Editors Conference, October 2007.

Awards:

​2016 - International National Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) WMA SEDC Leader Award
2015 - St. Michael’s Academy - Teaching & Technology Award
2011 - INCOSE WMA Outstanding Chapter Service Award
2008 - National Online Pacemaker / National Scholastic Press Association

Research Interests:

​​Digital Engineering

Software Architecture

Systems Architecture

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