We’ve had a few new additions to the SQL 2008 MCM ranks recently – growing up to 59 MCMs (across 2005 and 2008). I ask new MCMs to describe themselves to me so I can celebrate their hard won achievements on this blog. I’ll have a few more biographies to post over the next few months – however in the meantime I do have one new SQL MCM to announce today:

Bob Leithiser, Principal Consultant, Microsoft, blogging at http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoftbob/. Bob Leithiser currently works with the Department of Defense. His career in the IT industry dates back to 1982 including roles in software development, project management and relational databases. Since joining Microsoft in 2000, he has performed .NET/SQL development engagements for the Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, various state governments, educational institutions and several large system integrators. Bob holds Master’s degrees in Software Engineering as well as Computing Technology in Education. He is passionate about automated software development and self-improving systems, currently working on a dissertation towards a PhD from Auburn University in the area of automated algorithm discovery using autonomous learning of event relational-states achieved through iterative simulation. He is married to his wife of Elaine since 1984 and has 3 children and 2 grand-children. He enjoys weight-lifting, running, biking, and basketball. Bob and his wife are committed to their Christian faith, enjoying Bible study and church activity and desiring to be of service to others.

Welcome to the community Bob – and congratulations!