Vorder Bruegge was chair of the Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology from 2000 to 2006 and chair of the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group from 2009 to the present. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in the Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section. In 2010 he was named a Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Fellow for his work in facial recognition. In addition to several publications on forensic image analysis, he has also co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles on facial recognition and identification and was co-editor of Computer-Aided Forensic Facial Comparison (CRC Press, 2010).
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.