Mike Younkers

Senior Director, Systems Engineering, US Federal
Cisco Systems

Mike Younkers is the Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Cisco’s US Federal team where he leads teams of system engineers that directly support a $2B dollar business in the Civilian, Defense, and Intel space. This includes direct account responsibilities and integrated team responsibilities for Cisco’s core, advanced and emerging technologies. Additionally, Mike is responsible for representing US Federal customers within Cisco’s development organization for the aggregation, validation, prioritization and delivery of all US Federal unique requirements such as new features and functionality, and certifications including Common Criteria, FIPS 140, USGv6 and DOD related certifications. He is also responsible for Cisco’s technical competitive posture in the Federal market. Mike is the Cisco Federal spokesperson on IPv6 and official social media presence on Twitter via @MichaelYounkers.

He has twenty years of experience in designing, deploying and maintaining large-scale enterprise and wide area networks for the US Intelligence Community and twelve years of management while at Cisco. He also served with the US Government as a team leader on a Technical Operations Team supporting development and field deployment of tactical mobile communications systems in a classified environment.

He’s an out-of-the-box leader whom builds communities of interest to support customer solutions that increase employee engagement and development in Virtualization, Collaboration, and Secure Borderless Networks. Mike focuses on all parts of the business from employees to Cisco’s Partner community and enables teams to work together for the common customer goal. Through his ability to look holistically at our industry, he drives customer satisfaction and employee loyalty.

Prior to joining Cisco, Mike worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as a Technical Operations Office, Network Engineer and Cooperative Education Trainee.

Mike has a MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University and a BSEE Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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