Luis Rivera, M.S.
M.S., Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of New Haven
Luis is an IT Professional and Adjunct Professor currently teaching Networking and Cybersecurity courses at the University of New Haven, Central CT State University, and Southern CT State University. Luis started his teaching career in 2005 and has over 12 years teaching experience where he enjoys bringing the realities of the IT industry to the classroom.
Luis has been in the IT industry for over 43 years! His career began in 1978 working for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as Field Service Engineer gaining minicomputer skills while supporting PDP-8 (12 bit), PDP-11 (16 bit), VAX cluster/systems (32 bit), and networking skills implementing first-generation Ethernet products to fortune 500 customers. After graduation from UNH in 1993, he landed a position at Northeast Utilities’ (Eversource Energy) Millstone Nuclear Power Plant (Waterford, CT) and in 1994, their corporate office (Berlin, CT).
Luis was able to obtain his M.S. from RPI in 2004 and hold several Senior roles including: Sr. System Engineer, Sr. Network Analyst – LAN/WAN, and Sr. Security Systems Engineer until 2014 (a 21-year period). He has also worked as a Consultant/Service Delivery Manager at Legrand Corporation (West Hartford, CT) and as Network Performance Engineer at UTC (Newington, CT).
Luis’s core competencies include: Consulting, Cybersecurity Engineering, MSSP & Vendor Management, Network Management Engineering, Cisco network appliances, and Subject Matter Expert on several Network Security vendor products.
Over the years, Luis has obtained several industry certifications including CCAI (Cisco Certified Academy Instructor), CCNA, CCNA Security, CompTIA’s Security +, and AWS Cloud Practitioner. He is a member of IEEE and a board member of CCSU’s IT/EIAB (School of Engineering, Science, and Technology).
Luis has taught the following advanced courses:
- Digital Transmission in Telecommunications
- Network Security Technologies
- Cloud Technologies (lecture on Cloud Security)
- Advanced Network Design and Analysis
- Wireless Technologies
As for hobbies, Luis is an accomplished, semi-professional percussionist and has played in several venues including the Copacabana NYC (2013), Hartford Jazz Festival (2017), and Caribbean Festival at the Riverfront in Hartford (2019). Luis is married and has two children - all family members are IT Professionals!