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.
Dr. Harbison's vitae may be found at