Sam was hired by IBM right out of college (Christopher Newport College where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics), and has worked there ever since. Crazy, huh? His current position at Big Blue is Senior Technical Staff Member in the Emerging Technologies Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Apache Software Foundation and chairman of the Jakarta project. He's also a developer on the Apache SOAP project, the Feed Validator, and the Mombo publishing system which powers his weblog.