Vetter received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from North Dakota State University and his PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota. He has published more than 100 journal, conference, and technical papers and has served as the PI or Co-PI on grants and contracts exceeding $5 million dollars. His research has been supported by the USWEST Foundation, NSF, USDA, NASA, and others.
Dr. Vetter is editor-in-chief emeritus of Computer, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society. He previously served on the editorial advisory board of Communications of the ACM, the flagship publication of the ACM, from 1996-2008, and is an ACM Distinguished Lecturer. He was selected as the 2001-2002 ACM Outstanding Lecturer of the Year.
Current research focuses on building mobile phone applications, including those based on the Short Message Service, computer and network security, cyber-physical systems, smart devices, and parallel & distributed systems.