Amir S. Ranjbar (CCNP) is an instructor and senior network architect for Global Knowledge, Cisco's largest training partner. He is a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI) who teaches the Cisco Internetwork Troubleshooting course on a regular basis. Born in Tehran, Iran, Amir moved to Canada in 1983 and obtained his Bachelors degree in Computing and Information Science (1988) and Master of Science degree in Knowledge Based Systems (1991) from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario). After graduation, Amir developed software applications in the areas of statistical analysis and systems simulation for a number of institutes such as Statistics Canada, University of Waterloo, and University of Ottawa. Amir started his training career by joining Digital Equipment Corporation's Learning Services in 1995, and after a few years of working exclusively as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCSE, MCT), he decided to shift his focus to Cisco Systems' internetworking products. In 1998, Amir joined Geotrain Corporation, which was acquired by Global Knowledge in 1999. Currently, Amir, already a CCNP, is preparing for the CCIE examinations and is a full-time instructor for Global Knowledge. Among the courses Amir teaches are Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND), Building Scalable Cisco Networks (BSCN), Building Cisco Remote Access Networks (BCRAN), Cisco Internetwork Troubleshooting (CIT), OSPF, and BGP. You can contact Amir by email at [email protected].
Elan Beer, CCIE #1837, is president and founder of Synaptic Solutions, Inc. For the past 14 years, Elan has held several key positions within the telecommunications industry, including Senior Telecommunication Consultant, Project Manager, and Telecommunications Instructor, as well as Canadian Training Manager with GeoTrain Corporation, a multinational training and consulting organization. Through his global consulting and training engagements, Elan is recognized internationally as a telecommunications industry expert. Elan's strong technical skills have enabled him to attain several top-level industry certifications, including Cisco System's top-level certification, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). As one of the first product-based public Certified Cisco Instructors in the world, Elan has utilized his expertise in multiprotocol internetworking, LAN, WAN, and MAN technology, network management, and software engineering to provide training and consulting services to many of Canada's top companies. As a senior trainer and course developer, Elan has designed and presented intensive public and implementation-specific technical courses for clients in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and Scandinavia.
Steve Kalman is a data communications trainer. He is the author or technical editor of 12 CBT titles and has been the author, technical editor, or trainer for eight instructor-led courses. Steve is also beginning a new distance-learning project as both author and presenter. In addition to those responsibilities, he runs a consulting company, Esquire Micro Consultants, that specializes in data network design.
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