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Two New CWNEs Join The List Of Advanced Wi-Fi Experts

By David Coleman in · HiveMind Blog · February 18, 2016

It's that time again! With this post, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we have two new CWNEs working here at Aerohive. These new additions join a growing list of Aerohive CWNEs, all of whom are named at the bottom of this post.

For those not familiar, the Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) designation is the top-level, 802.11 certification from the vendor-neutral CWNP. IT professionals in over 150 countries have pursued the foundation-level, vendor-neutral 802.11 certification of Certified Wireless Networking Administrator (CWNA), and many thousands of WLAN professionals are CWNA certified. 

However, currently less than 200 individuals are card-carrying CWNEs (see sidebar for further explanation of CWNE). 

In 2015, dozens of Aerohive employees attended CWNA training and became certified at the CWNA level. Today, I am proud to announce that two of those employees went the extra mile and now have a CWNE number on their business cards.

Please join me in congratulating:

Ruwan Indika, CWNE #175: Ruwan joined Aerohive in October of 2013 and currently resides in Sydney, Australia. Ruwan is a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Aerohive where he assists customers with complex troubleshooting issues. I first met Ruwan at Aerohive headquarters in Sunnyvale two years ago and I was immediately struck by his drive and desire to learn everything he could about 802.11 technology.

Ruwan is originally from Sri Lanka where he earned his Bachelor degrees in Science in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Moratuwa. He also earned his Masters degree in the same field of study from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. 

Before joining Aerohive, Ruwan spent 10 years paying his dues at former employers such as Suntel, Alcatel Lucent, and Netcomm Wireless. Despite all the hours that Ruwan spends troubleshooting Wi-Fi and networking issues, he still finds time to enjoy salsa dancing and photography.  

Jonathan Hurtt, CWNE #176: Jonathan grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and he joined Aerohive in March of 2012. Jonathan is a now a Principal Technical Architect at Aerohive covering the South Region of the USA.

Jonathan earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. Before joining Aerohive, Jonathan earned his networking wings over a nine-year period at Ayava and Nortel. He spends his free time watching Carolina Panthers football and drinking beer.

It has been my pleasure watching Jonathan grow into a technical and team leader of system engineering at Aerohive. He shows a complete willingness to get his hands dirty and come up with solutions. He also understands 802.11 technology inside and out, which is why he is now CWNE #176.

Ruwan and Jonathan have inspired other engineers here at Aerohive and we fully expect more CWNEs in the near future.

Aerohive now has nine CWNEs in our ranks

 


David Coleman – CWNE #4
Senior Mobility Leader – Knowledge Services
@mistermultipath
 
Metka Dragos – CWNE #23
Senior Product Marketing Manager
@metkadragos
 
Douglas Haider – CWNE #32
Systems Engineer
@wifijedi
 
Troy Martin – CWNE #90
Systems Engineer
@troymart
 
Gregor Vucajnk – CWNE #96
Global Technical Training Manager
@GregorVucajnk
 
Marko Tisler – CWNE #136
International Technical Training Leader
@tishlaar
 
Janet Rae – CWNE #137
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
 
Ruwan Indika – CWNE #175
Senior Technical Support Engineer
@ruwanindika
 
Jonathan Hurtt – CWNE #176
Principal Technical Architect
@JonHurtt

 

 

David Coleman – CWNE #4
Position at Aerohive: Senior Mobility Leader – Knowledge Services
Twitter: @mistermultipath
Metka Dragos – CWNE #23
Position at Aerohive: Senior Product Marketing Manager
Twitter: @metkadragos
Douglas Haider – CWNE #32
Position at Aerohive: Systems Engineer
Twitter: @wifijedi
Troy Martin – CWNE #90
Position at Aerohive: Systems Engineer
Twitter: @troymart 
Gregor Vucajnk – CWNE #96
Position at Aerohive: Global Technical Training Manager
Twitter: @GregorVucajnk 
Marko Tisler – CWNE #136
International Technical Training Leader
Twitter: @tishlaar
Janet Rae – CWNE #137
Position at Aerohive: Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
Ruwan Indika – CWNE #175
Senior Technical Support Engineer
Twitter: @ruwanindika
Jonathan Hurtt – CWNE #176
Position at Aerohive: Principal Technical Architect
Twitter: @JonHurtt 

 

 

We encourage all dedicated WLAN professionals to work towards joining the CWNE group. Let us know when you get your CWNE number and we will teach you the secret CWNE 4-Way Handshake

 

Sidebar: CWNP, founded in 1999, is the IT industry standard for vendor neutral enterprise Wi-Fi certification and training. CWNE is the top-level, vendor-neutral certification offered by the CWNP program. To become a CWNE, a WLAN professional must pass four very hard exams about 802.11 wireless networking administration, security, analysis, and design. But keep in mind, that passing four tests is only the beginning. 


All CWNE applicants must establish many years of WLAN experience, meticulously document involvement with numerous WLAN projects and seek endorsements from respected WLAN industry professionals. The CWNP Board of Advisors must approve all CWNE applications.

 

Questions about becoming a CWNE? You can find answered questions in our community discussion, or you can ask us questions on Twitter.
David Coleman (@mistermultipath )

David Coleman is a wireless mobility consultant and trainer. For the last seventeen years, David has instructed IT professionals from around the globe in enterprise WLAN design, WLAN security, WLAN administration and WLAN troubleshooting. In his spare time, David writes white papers, blogs and books about enterprise Wi-Fi networking. David is the co-author of Sybex Publishing’s CWNA Study Guide, CWSP Study Guide and CWAP Study Guide. David is the Senior Mobility Leader for Aerohive Networks and is CWNE #4. Aerohive invites you to download a free ebook co-authored by David Coleman: WLAN Troubleshooting and Design here: http://bit.ly/1I5miUu