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Robert Cannistra

Senior Professional Lecturer

Software Defined Networking

Robert M. Cannistra is a Sr. Professional Lecturer for the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist College. Mr. Cannistra holds the responsibilities of Information Technology discipline chair, School of Computer Science and Mathematics lab coordinator, and project manager for the Center for Collaborative and On-Demand Computing. Mr. Cannistra also provides consulting services for network infrastructure, design and security needs.

Mr. Cannistra has held the positions of Northeast Regional Manager, Technical Services Manager and Senior Consultant for a Cisco Gold Partner. His time there was spent designing, configuring, and implementing highly accessible data networks for various enterprise, service provider and Internet companies across the world, some of those clients include Quaker Oats, Milwaukee Electric Tool, AC Nielsen, Cogent Communications and EthnicGrocer.com, among numerous others.. Upon the completion of each client implementation he would develop and instruct customized training courses to help the client manage the newly designed networks. Mr. Cannistra has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for their Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Technology curricula and as an adjunct technical instructor for a technical institute in Poughkeepsie, NY. He has also held the positions of Senior Network Engineer for About.com, Inc., Internet and Intranet Infrastructure Webmaster at AT&T Solutions and Systems Engineer at Kodak Imaging Services.

Mr. Cannistra holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science/Information Systems, a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, an Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Science and several industry technical certifications including CCAI-CCNA, CCAI-Security, CCNA, CCNP, CCDA, CCDP, CCSP, CSE, MCSE, and CLP.