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Distinguished Achievement Profile - Carl Harris

Carl Harris (Director for Network Engineering and Operations--a unit of Virginia Tech's Advanced Network Infrastructure & Services) recently attained the status of Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) for the "Routing and Switching" track. Individuals certified at this level demonstrate in-depth knowledge of multi-protocol routing and switching and, are deemed to be among the most highly skilled technical engineers in the internetworking industry. Harris joins a select group of just under 9700 other "CCIEs" in the world and some 3700 in the United States. He is one of only two such individuals in the southwestern and central Virginia region and is the only CCIE in higher education in Virginia!

The CCIE program currently provides three other certification tracks: 1) "Communications and Services", 2) "Security" and, 3) "Voice". Harris plans to pursue the "Security" track later this year and, in 2004, the "Communications and Services" track. Certification for each of the tracks is based on successful completion of a two-hour computer-based CCIE Qualification Examination and a hands-on lab examination at a Cisco facility.

Along with the CCIE achievement, Harris concurrently earned certification from the Field Certified Professional Association (FCPA). The FCPA establishes the standards for performance-based information technology certification testing and then accredits (or certifies) those companies who meet or exceed those performance based testing standards. Cisco Systems' CCIE Certification program has been recognized as being among the handful of performance based certification programs that meet the FCPA's stringent standards today.

Additional information about the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert program is available at:

Harris joined Virginia Tech's Communications Network Services (CNS - in 1995 as a member of the Research and Development group. His early work centered around development of ATM-based technology for campus and wide-area networks and development of network management solutions. Presently, Carl directs all aspects of network engineering, operations, and research and development for Virginia Tech's complex local-area and wide-area networks. He is also the chief network architect for NetWorkVirginia, a statewide IP packet-over-SONET and ATM based network used by K-12, higher education, and state agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. As part of this role, Harris often provides consultation services to steer vendor product development, to recommend telecommunications solutions, and to perform systems analysis functions in service provider networks.

Harris' research interests include IP multicast routing technology and applications, TCP performance simulation and measurement, and quality-of-service provisioning mechanisms for next-generation IP networks. He is also a proficient "C" and Java programmer, Oracle applications developer and database administrator, and UNIX systems administrator.


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