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Dr. Robert Richard Springborn
Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development
Healthcare Outcomes Center
400 R Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95811-6213

Dr. Springborn is a 35 year legacy SAS programmer who first used PC SAS in the early 1980's. The SAS home page ( notes "In 1976 computers filled rooms the size of small houses, and programs and data were stored on punch cards. Base SAS, consisting of about 300,000 lines of code, would produce about 150 boxes of cards - a stack more than 40 feet high. Laid end to end, the boxes of cards would stretch more than 180 feet." I remember using punch cards not for SAS but for submiting analytical chemistry results and registering for classes at University of Miami, Florida in the late 1970's. Soon there was a primitive PC version of SAS and everyone was thrilled about the log window, the program editor, and the output window in a Microsoft windows environment. I used this early PC SAS for my Master of Science degree at Texas A&M University in the mid 1980's on the topic "Pond production of prepeeler, peeler and softshell blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun) using brushpots and brushlines for harvest." By the early 1990's SAS was available on a mainframe computer and I used this version of SAS for my Doctoral Degree at University of Michigan to examine the topic "Application of von Bertalanffy’s equation to Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) growth in aquaculture experiments." I still have my large reel tape containing my programs and data. Most legacy SAS programmers also have boxes of SAS manuals because in those days SAS manuals were not available on the internet. For almost 15 years I carried my boxes of SAS manuals between several cities as I moved from Texas, to Michigan and to California. Only recently have I recycled most of these manuals.

You may think you spend too much time SAS programming. Well I have a SAS mistress who can speak volumns on how much time I spend with my SAS programs. Yes the lady in the picture is the love of my life, best friend, and eternal marriage partner. Just as long as the SAS Mistress stays at the office both ladies are very happy. See my Discussion page.

Robert has given several presentations at local SAS user groups, Western Users SAS Software conferences and SAS Global Forum. His recent presentations include Best Contributed Award at 2012 WUSS Long Beach California, and Invited Speaker at 2013 SAS Global Forum San Francisco California. He is currently Board Member for the Greater Sacramento SAS Users Group. His most recent passion has been for developing custom statistical reports using ODS Report Writing Interface featuring the DATA _NULL_ step.

Western Users of SAS Software 2015, San Diego, California, September 9-11, 2015

Robert will be presenting two papers on the topic of ODS Report Writing at the 2015 WUSS Meeting in San Diego.
The following link will guide you to presentations, handouts and proceeding papers.

SAS Presentations at SAS Global Forum and WUSS

Robert also has a long list of reports and publications that reflect his diverse interests in aquaculture, criminal justice, and public health including hip fracture replacement outcome reports and cardiac surgery outcome reports.

See his list of Other Publications