Meet the Staff

Norman Del Prado (Professor)

Science/Math/Technology - TCOM

Biography

Norman del Prado has three decades of networking technology experience, from desktop and network support to senior project management of technology in major construction. Norm designed the Networking Program and each of its courses, starting in 1989 with a class in Local Area Networks which was offered within the Telecommunications Department. In 2005 the Networking curriculum became the basis for an AS Degree in Network Engineering. Norm teaches LAN, Routing, Switching, Network Troubleshooting, and Network Firewalls and Security. He serves as the Program Coordinator and is the Department’s sole full-time faculty member.

Norm’s consulting talents for management of large scale technology projects are well-known in the Bay Area. He contracted with the San Francisco Airport Commission for project management of the new Terminal 2 network infrastructure and is currently consulting on the upgrading and expansion of the Airport Campus security access control system infrastructure. Norm held management positions with NetXperts and Hitachi. He has also worked for Exodus, NetCom, United Airlines, Shutterfly, Centigram, DSC Communication and Litton.

In addition to earning both an MBA and an MS degree, Norm holds a number of professional and vendor certifications, including: PMP, PMP-AP, CSM, CISSP, CCSA, and a variety of others including Cisco’s CCNA and Novell’s CNE. He is also a Certified Cisco Academy Instructor (CCAI).

In creating each of the networking courses at Skyline College, Norm uses his industry experience (and those of his bosses and peers) to select and emphasize content which matches workplace needs of employers and technology industry trends.

Norm’s approach to instruction is straightforward and---according to his students---effective, breaking the expanse of networking technology theory and skills into two categories: what you need to know in the workplace and what’s good to know.

On the subject of teaching, Norm says: "I never think of myself as instructor; only a person sharing knowledge with those interested to learn."

Rus Robert Allen (Adjunct Faculty )

Science/Math/Technology - TCOM

Quintin Cortes (Instructor)

Science/Math/Technology - TCOM

Biography

Quintin, known as “Q” to his students, has more than thirty years of experience in applying and teaching technology. He is the instructor for Local Area Networking (Cisco’s CCNA 1) and Microsoft Server Administration; he also prepares students for the CompTIA A+ Certification exams.

During the day, Quintin is the Senior IT Analyst for the Emergency Preparedness Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Quintin received his technical training in the US Navy, where he served as a Naval Air Tactical Controller, running computerized shipboard weapons systems as well as testing and evaluating tactical communications equipment and software.

During his 15 years of naval service, Quintin also delivered training for both military and DoD civilian personnel.

A graduate of the TCOM Program (and a member of Phi Theta Kappa), Quintin has been teaching at Skyline since the summer of 2000, and he is one of the primary designers of the TCOM networking labs.

Quintin’s approach to teaching and training is best illustrated in his design of the labs: “Let’s create a learning environment that closely resembles what a student will encounter in the real world."

Walter Hanley (Assistant Professor)

Science/Math/Technology - TCOM
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Biography

Walter Hanley supervises the Network Engineering Program’s Cooperative Education curriculum; he has also taught A+ Exam Preparation and frequently guest lectures on topics ranging from CIDR and VLSM to Network Firewall configuration. Walter also develops course content, and he designs and builds-out lab environments for the Program.

Walter is a Small Business IT Specialist (and Microsoft Partner) as well as an Instructional Designer, whose specialties include the Moodle LMS, which is the platform underlying WebAccess.

In addition to ten years of IT experience, Walter has three decades of business experience, as a labor union official, as corporate management, and in government service.

Walter’s commitment to technical education began more than two decades ago as a founding member of a hands-on computer literacy lab for union trade crafts. During his years in management, Walter was instrumental in providing internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

His technology education began with an interest in shortwave equipment and antenna systems, and he was largely self-taught until enrolling in the Program at Skyline. Walter holds a BA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, an AS in Network Engineering from Skyline (Phi Theta Kappa), and an MA in Education with a specialty in Instructional Technologies from SFSU.

About teaching, Walter says, “Watching the light come on in a student’s eyes is an experience no one should miss.”

Roger Lohmann (Instructor)

Science/Math/Technology - TCOM

Biography

Roger “Eric” Lohmann teaches PC Configuration and Repair as well as Wireless Local Area Networking. He began teaching at Skyline in 2000, and like many of our instructors Eric is also a graduate of the program. He earned high honors and is member of Phi Kappa Theta.

Eric began his career in electronics and IT in the U.S. Navy in 1984. During his Naval career, Eric received a broad range of training on various electronic and computerized communications equipment and systems including specialized training in maintaining, repairing, and operating the Navy’s medium and heavy satellite earth terminals. After his nine years in the Navy he worked for several years in the civilian sector for Sun Microsystems, Lanier Worldwide Inc., and Boeing North American Services. Thereafter, he joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as an IT Specialist at the Medical Center in San Francisco.

Currently, Eric is an IT Manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Information and Technology. He says, “Over the years, I have troubleshot, repaired, maintained and configured literally thousands of various hardware systems, operating systems, and software applications---including a number of mission essential and mission critical systems.” (Ask him about the cesium beam clock...) Throughout his career, Eric has served as a mentor and instructor to many junior technical personnel. Of teaching at Skyline, Eric says, “I want my classes to be of benefit to all who take them. Who knows the tree that will grow from the seed that is planted today.”

Dean Scurries (Instructor)

Science/Math/Technology - TCOM

Omer Thompson (Adjunct Faculty)

Science/Math/Technology - TCOM

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