Faculty Spotlight: Pete Anderson

This month’s faculty spotlight focuses on Pete Anderson, Assistant Professor in the College of Technology.

Positive impact on classroom:  Pete not only teaches upper level courses, he serves as a mentor to students as they pursue their networking degrees and move into their careers. He inspires students to achieve their best work through classroom projects, student groups, and leading by example. Pete sums up his teaching philosophy as, “My intent is to provide each student with both knowledge and hands-on skills.”

Timeliness of impact: Pete manages the technology used for courses in networking on other DU campuses, trains high school and community college faculty, and participates as part of the host committee for the annual Great Lakes Cisco Academy Conference, where he is also a presenter.

He holds multiple Cisco Systems, Inc. networking certifications, including CCNA, CCNA Security, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, and CCSP. He is working toward the Cisco Certified Internetwork Engineer – Routing & Switching certification.

Range of Impact: The technology of networking is constantly evolving. Pete stays on top of these changes and helps the university keep up with new technologies and integration into the classroom. He is the advisor for the Cyber Defense Organization, a student organization that promotes network and information security. He is also team advisor for the DU Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition team.

Pete serves as the Cisco Networking Academy Regional main contact for the W.A. Lettinga Campus and provides support for multiple local Cisco Networking Academies across West Michigan. Pete is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the IEEE Computer Society, and the West Michigan Cisco User Group.

Personal Note: A well-liked teacher and colleague with a calm demeanor and a brilliant smile, Pete enjoys spending his personal time traveling with family.


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