Steve Harper’s main interests are databases and programming. He periodically revises his custom database software that the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling has been using since 1996. (Also used by the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling and the High School Modeling contest)
He started out in private business writing a Montana income tax package for CPAs, but quickly moved on to working with databases and non-profit groups and finally on to teaching.
Probably because of his background, Steve loves to teach project classes for database and for Java.The project classes vary, depending on student interest, from iPhones to free databases to Robots (this spring's choice).
For variety, he has become National Champion in his age group in the 20 K and 50 K Racewalk, has spent a few summers working at NASA, loves to travel abroad with his family, and teaches Alpha Seminar (Core course for freshman) and (along with 14 other professors) Perspectives on Gender.
He is former chair of the Department of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science and currently is chair of the Carroll College Faculty Assembly.