Mitek Systems has hired Stephen Ritter as its chief technology officer, the company said March 23.

Kearny Mesa-based Mitek (Nasdaq: MITK) specializes in mobile capture and identity verification software. The company created the technology that lets people deposit bank checks by taking photos of them.

Ritter formerly worked as senior vice president of engineering and research for Emotient, a company that makes software that takes video and gauges the emotions in people’s facial expressions. Emotient licensed the technology from the University of California, San Diego; Apple acquired the business in January. Ritter also served as vice president of engineering at Websense and senior director of engineering at McAfee. He holds a bachelor of science degree in cognitive science from UC San Diego. He holds eight patents.