Luis Rivera, M.S.
M.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of New Haven
Luis is an IT Professional and Adjunct Professor currently teaching Networking and Cybersecurity courses at both the University of New Haven and Central Connecticut State University. Luis started his teaching career in 2005 and served as an Assistant Professor at CCSU last year. He currently has a total of 10 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 40 years! He started in 1978 working for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as a 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. Luis left DEC after 8 years to pursue his B.S.E.E. at UNH. After graduation, he landed a position at Northeast Utilities’ (Eversource Energy) Millstone nuclear power plant (Waterford, CT) in 1993.
Luis worked at the corporate office in Berlin, CT and was able to obtain his M.S. from RPI in 2004. He held several Senior roles including: Sr. System Engineer, Sr. Network Analyst – LAN/WAN, and Sr. Security Systems Engineer until 2014 (a 21-year period). Luis has 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 (Checkpoint, Sourcefire, and NetScout).
Luis has industry certifications as a CCAI (Cisco Certified Academy Instructor), as a CCNA, CCNA Security, and CompTIA’s Security +. Luis 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 courses:
- Basic Network Administration
- Basic Electrical Circuits
- Introduction to Networking Technology
- Network Security Technologies
- Digital Transmission in Telecommunications
- Cloud Technologies (assisted in lecture on Cloud Security)
- Advanced Network Design and Analysis (Fall, 2019)
As for hobbies, Luis is an accomplished, semi-professional percussionist. He has played and continues to play throughout the state and with several artists. In 2017, Luis performed at the Hartford Jazz Festival (Bushnell Park) and this year’s Caribbean Jerk Festival at the Riverfront in Hartford. Luis is married and has two children - all family members are IT Professionals!