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Jack Harper, President/Secure Outcomes Inc.


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Harper is a software developer/engineer with years experience building real-time embedded systems that involve financial and other transactions, cryptography, artificial intelligence, forensic livescan fingerprint collection and analysis, device drivers, physical systems control, and parallel processing.

Platforms with extensive experience (tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of lines of code) include Intel/Embedded Windows, FreeScale/ColdFire, 68K/6800 processors, Apple Macintosh, Rabbit, and many others in C, Common Lisp, and hard real-time assembly language.

Harper holds four issued patents: 8,331,775 Fingerprint Scanning Systems and Methods (US); 7,107,457 Optical Card Based System for Individualized Tracking and Record Keeping (US); 7,128,258 Optical Immunization Card (US); and 2005/01261 Optical Banking Card ( in South Africa) and has two additional patent applications currently pending in the areas of advanced digital livescan fingerprint collection and processing techniques, cryptography, and fingerprint data security (Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Methods that Maximize Collection of Digital Livescan Fingerprints and Finger Asperity Resistive Discharge Wafer-Scale Integration for Forensic Palm Print Collection).

He has many years experience designing, building, and fielding secure and security-related systems and enjoys taking new products to market. Harper's past (and current) work has involved real-time embedded hardware/software crypto systems; advanced digital livescan fingerprinting and biometrics systems; internal crypto details of the U.S. Green Card; the design of variable-topology supercomputer systems for artificial intelligence, molecular modeling, image processing, and other applications; vaguely autonomous laser-imaging guided mobile security robots; medical instrumentation (kidney dialysis and laparoscopic ultrasound gear); and others.

He is an excellent presenter and has made over fifty presentations at product conferences and tradeshows.

Harper has worked, consulted, and sold systems with feet on the ground in 22 countries. He has an MBA degree from the University of Denver (1992) and a B.S. Electrical Engineering and a B.A. Mathematics degree with a four-year Minor in Russian Language and Studies from the University of Houston.

Harper founded Secure Outcomes Inc., his current company, which manufactures and sells advanced forensic quality digital livescan fingerprint collection, archiving, and transmission systems with about 75 system sales to date to law enforcement and government/military groups across the country including the U.S. Army. He has, in the past, held security clearances to the Secret level and above.

Harper's personal interests include the History of Computing -- especially Ancient Lisp Systems (Harper has assembled a collection of still working 25 year old Lisp Machines (an enormous Symbolics 3650 and several 3620's) and components (e.g., about a hundred Symbolics triple-high VME boards) from the primordial age of symbolic processing); the Internals of LISP Programming Systems; Amateur Radio (WØYJ -- CW on 20/40 meter HF) especially with vacuum tube receivers/transmitters from the 1950s/1960s; Voracious reading (history, politics, tech, early 20th century literature); Investments; Flying -- stick time in Cessna 150/172/177, Bellanca 14-13-2, Stearman PT-17, J-3 Cub, Sweitzer sailplane and others; Amateur Astronomy with a Celestron NexStar 11 GPS and a Cave Astrola 10 inch Reflector (under restoration); Scuba Diving (PADI Open Water Certified); Chess (not very well); Cycling; and Skiing. Harper parachuted some years ago and hopes to take that up again as time and courage permits. He does his best to walk three miles every day where he lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains at 8,000-feet elevation.

Harper is (slowly!) writing a book on the early history (1955 - 1962) of the development of the LISP 1.5 programming language along with its first applications to build the classic early AI programs on the IBM 709/7090/7094 mainframes of that time.

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