Luis Rivera, M.S.

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Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department
Tagliatela College of Engineering

M.S., Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of New Haven

About Luis

Luis is an IT Professional currently teaching Networking and Cybersecurity courses at the University of New Haven. Luis started his teaching career at Central CT State University in 2005 and has over 12 years teaching experience where he enjoys bringing the realities of the IT industry to the classroom.

Luis started his professional career working at 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. After graduation from UNH, he landed a position at Northeast Utilities' (Eversource Energy) Millstone Nuclear Power Plant (Waterford, CT) and eventually transferred to their corporate office (Berlin, CT).

Luis was able to obtain his M.S. from RPI (Hartford) and held several IT roles including: Sr. System Engineer, Sr. Network Analyst – LAN/WAN, and Sr. Security Systems Engineer until 2014. 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, Enterprise Networks, 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
  • Cloud Technologies (lecture on Cloud Security)
  • Intro to Computer 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!

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