Scott A. Smith, Senior Cisco Instructor, was formerly a Senior Network Engineer for OAO Corporation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs and a Systems Engineer with Cisco System, Inc. He is currently the Founder thinQtank® Global, Inc. Since originally founding thinQtank® Global, Inc., in May of 2001, Smith has developed an engineering focused firm, earning a reputation in the technology community as one of the top specialized advanced technology consulting firms in the industry today. Smith has been extolled by Cisco Systems as a Cisco Technology Solution Specialist (TSS). Smith was one of the first engineers in the Western Region to be recognized for this achievement. TSS Engineers are considered to be better qualified to prepare, plan and design Cisco solutions, especially in the areas of Unified Communications and Security; having a deep understanding of product features, implementation best practices, and reference architectures. Smith has a distinguished career in the information technology arena. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Texas Tech University honored by faculty and the Industrial Advisory Board as the most outstanding student of his graduating class. He then went on to work as a network systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs before moving on to a position with Cisco Systems as a systems engineer. Finally, in 2001 Smith left Cisco and founded SAS Network Solutions, Inc. and then thinQtank® Global, Inc. Smith holds some of the highest certifications in the Information Technology community and is a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor. Smith began his professional training career in 1997 with over 50,000 hours in the classroom. Smith always enjoys sharing his knowledge and real world experience with others and it is reflected in the successful results in the classroom. He has been implementing, consulting and instructing on internetworking technology for over twenty years.