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I have been writing software for money since I was in college in 1968. Currently I work as the manager of a software development group for NCS. I also try to chip in from time to time with Kristin Hirst and HirstLogics. My technical interests strategies around software development and software planning; I am an SEI authorized PSP trainer and working on strategies for UML based design processes. I am actively programming in Java and Haskell. I have posted a copy of my resume
I have two children: Matt and Amy and have been married to Kristin since 1993 (better known in the midwest as the year of the big flood). Matt is a student at Earlham College; Amy is a student at Vassar College. The Hirst family came to the United States from Leeds England. My father is a retired minister; his father was a farmer and Model T mechanic.
I’ve lived in Iowa City for thirty years. I came here a graduate student Political Science with a strong interest in formal modeling and computers. My interest in computers grew stronger and I changed from Political Science to Computer Science and left graduate school with Masters in both fields. I have been involved with the Johnson County Crisis Center since 1991.