Samuel P. Harbison, III

Dr. Sam Harbison is a computer scientist, author and teacher in Pittsburgh. He is presently a Software Engineer at the local office of Google, Inc. Prior to joining Google, he was the owner of the consulting firm, Pine Creek Software LLC, which specialized in software development, database design, web sites, and technical writing and editing

Dr. Harbison spent five years as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Computer Science Education at Carlow University. This followed a distinguished career in software development of programming tools for embedded systems, as a Fellow with Texas Instruments and as the Chief Technical Officer for Tartan, Inc., a company started by faculty from Carnegie Mellon and acquired by Texas Instrument. His areas of expertise are programming languages and software development tools. He has written several books and many articles, including a best-selling reference for the C programming language. He was for three years the chairman of the international working group that standardized the C++ programming language, and he started and ran his own company in the early 1990s.

Dr. Harbison received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon, and his bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Princeton University. He is a graduate of Shady Side Academy and a life-long Pittsburgh resident. When he isn't programming, he sings with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

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