ACE Spotlight: Brian Johnson

Blog Post created by hausmus Employee on Aug 8, 2018

Ciena Community meet Brian Johnson, Brian meet the Ciena Community!  Brian is one of our first Ciena Community ACE and is a Field Systems Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He has extensive experience in packet and IP networking and knowledge in Carrier Ethernet, so if you have questions on it, he’s one of our community experts.


You can connect with Brian and see some of most recent contributions to the community on his profile.


Learn more about Brian in his interview:


What is your current role? How did you get started in the industry?

I have been a Field Systems Engineer with Walker and Associates for 3 years. I was previously an operations engineer and an operations supervisor for several regional telephone operators over the previous 20 years.


What are your favorite sources of information to do your job?
I use a lot of the vendor supplied documentation. I am in constant conversation with network operators and use their experiences to help vendors with their products. I also use Google searches as a source of outside details on products and experiences, as I'm sure we all do.


What projects, or initiatives, are you looking forward to working, or you’re most proud of accomplishing?

I have assisted many customers with packet-optical solutions over the past three years and have implemented several solutions while in operations and have designed/engineered several solutions for our own use cases over my career.


If we ask your friends and family, what would they say you do at work?

My wife says I'm the computer guy and my kids call me the Internet guy. Most other people who know me say I'm the guy who is always flying somewhere.


What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

At home it's eggs and bacon, but on the road it's oatmeal and toast.


What should Ciena Community members ask you about?

I have extensive experience in packet and IP networking and a great deal of knowledge around Carrier Ethernet (MEF-CECP).