carlos4_4Carlos Pignataro is a recognized expert on network architectures, a Cisco Services Distinguished Engineer and a member of the Global Technical Center executive staff. An innovative network thought leader Carlos contributes to the networking industry across many areas. He currently serves as co-­-chair of the L2tpext working group at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), is the assigned expert for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority’s protocol registry for ARP and L2TP and has co-­-authored or edited more than 20 Internet RFCs and many Internet-­-Drafts. Carlos has contributed to standardization activities in IETF, Cablelabs, the MSForum and others. He has also participated in many interoperability events and contributed to the development of the Ethereal/Wireshark protocol analyzer. In addition to several industry technology papers, he has co-­-authored two networking books and is co-­- inventor of more than 15 issued or pending networking patents.

Carlos has received various honors and awards, including a Cisco 2011 Pioneer Award honorable mention, and was named a Broadband Forum Ambassador in 2011. Carlos received his CCIE certification in 1999, began his Cisco career as an escalation engineer in the RTP Technical Assistance Center that same year and was named a Services Distinguished Engineer in 2007. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering (with networking specialization) from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, both with honors. An engaging speaker, Carlos is a regular presenter and panelist at Cisco and industry events around the world and is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.