Hello. My name is Kris Jamsa. I was born in Seattle, WA. After years of rain, my family moved to Phoenix, AZ. I attended the United States Air Force Academy for my undergraduate degree in computer science. Because I am color blind, I did not head off to pilot training after graduation, but instead, began working with computers.

 

My first Air Force assignment was in Las Vegas, NV. In my free time, I studied martial arts and attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas in pursuit of a masters degree in computer science. During on of my classes, I found the book (on C programming) to be quite challenging. I thought, "I can write a better book" and I set of to try. Knowing nothing about the publishing process, I sent sample chapters off to two publishers, both of which, said they would publish the book (Programming in C). That was nearly 20 years ago. After 97 books (and nearly 3,000 chapters later), I still spend the majority of my time researching, programming, and writing. (For a complete listing of the books, visit: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=jamsa)

 

During the late 80s, I decided that I would benefit by heading back to school for a Ph.D. At the time, I was still living in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the University of Nevada Las Vegas did not offer a Ph.D. and online universities did not exist. So, I decided to commute to Arizona State University. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I would get up at 4:00am, leave the house at 5, drive to the airport, fly to Phoenix, cab to the University, where I would attend class from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Then, I would cab back to the airport, fly to Vegas, drive home, and head to bed at 11:30pm. This lasted 3 1/2 years! I am very jealous of your online opportunities.

 

About the time I was ready to defend my Ph.D. dissertation, my wife and I started our own publishing company, Jamsa Press. Over the next five years, the company experienced rapid growth, distributing our books to over 70 countries in 28 languages. As the company's growth expanded, I decided I that an MBA would be of value. Again, because online opportunities did not exist, I jumped on an airplane and headed to San Diego State. In the summer of 1997, I finished my MBA and Jamsa Press was acquired by a larger publishing company.

 

Today, I am President of the Jamsa Media Group, a company that works with authors and publishers to produce leading-edge books, training materials, multimedia products, and software. My research interests include hardware and software performance, wireless infrastructures, security, and the .NET technology. I have taught classes for many years including courses on operating systems, networks, databases, programming languages, and more.

 

When I am not writing or teaching, I spend my time riding and jumping our horses. My wife and I have four dogs and four horses.