Hi, my name is Javier Solis, and I’m currently the Network and Infrastructure Supervisor at Purdue University Northwest. I was also recently asked to serve as Interim Assistant Director of Information Security Services. My work day consists of leading and mentoring a total of nine full-time employees and three student workers. One day I could be assisting the security team with incident response and the next day I could be working with the networking team on leading projects such as wireless expansion, end of life equipment replacement, or telecom related projects. One of my primary goals as a leader is promoting teaming and collaboration. I also enjoy training others to take on lead roles and responsibilities. If my team can function well while I’m enjoying a vacation, I know that I’ve done my job.
A Little History
I have been engrossed in the world of IT since the start of my freshmen year of high school back in 1998. I have also been blessed to carry two core full-time jobs since the start of my career as an IT student worker at the former Purdue University Calumet campus in Hammond Indiana.
My first full-time job was at a WISP (wireless Internet service provider) in Northwest Indiana. We were small in the eyes of the local telcom providers such as ATT and Comcast, but pretty large for a shop run by just a few employees. We heavily ran the Motorola canopy wireless line of gear and primarily used Mikrotik routers. Then I had the opportunity to move up to Wisconsin under contract by the same WISP to manage and deploy a 2.5 square mile municipal WiFi cloud mostly on my own. It proved to be quite a task, but I learned a great deal.
Five and a half years after working at that WISP, I took an offer to work as a full time network administrator back at Purdue University Calumet. Five and a half years working at the Purdue Calumet Hammond campus, there was a unification/merger with the Purdue North Central Westville regional campus. I’ve since been serving in supervisory roles at Purdue University Northwest. I’ve participated in two interim roles, lead networking, infrastructure, and telecom teams. It’s funny how we find ourselves back where we started, but I’m learning more than ever. I enjoy sharing my experiences with others and I hope you enjoy this blog. I also look forward to hearing from anyone out there. You can also find me on twitter at @javi_isolis or at linkedin.