Alan Holt's C.V.

agholt at gmail dot com

Profile

I am an experienced and highly qualified telecommunications engineer/consultant. I have enjoyed a varied career, building and designing wide area networks in EMEA/US region and wireless networks in the rural communities in New Zealand. I can transition easily between Industrial and Academic environments. I have strong computer science background and have experience in many programming languages (Python, J, C/C++ preferred).

I am a good communicator, I have presented at academic conferences and taught at all levels, from first year undergraduate, to supervising Ph.Ds. I have an excellent research track record, having published in a number of peer review journals (and peer review for IEE/IET). I have a thorough theoretical grounding in network performance analysis, modeling and simulation, though this was was gained in very practical environment while working for AT&T.

Education

Manchester Metropolitan University: Certificate of Teaching and Learning

Open University: Ph.D in Telematics. Thesis title: “Improving the Performance of Wide Area Networks”.

Open University: Analogue and Digital Electronics, full credit, second level course (pass with distinction).

Wolverhampton University: BSc (Hons) Computer Science upper second. Awarded IBM project prize. Industrial placement year: Wrekin District Council.

Professional Membership and Academic Contributions

Corporate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the British Computer Society. Chartered Engineer. Peer reviewer for the IEE Proceedings – Communications and IEE Electronics Letters. Book proposal reviewer for Springer.

Publications

I have published a number of papers and articles in industry magazines (e.g. Sys Admin, Linux Magazine), academic conferences (e.g. ACM) and peer-reviewed journals (e.g. IEE/IET, IJAMT). I have written a book: “Network Performance Analysis using the J Programming Language”, published: by Springer. Click here for full details.

Professional Experience

Nov 2006 - Present: IP Performance

Chief Technical Officer 

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical vision and raise company profile

  • Liaise and support with sales and pre-sales staff

  • Assist technical support department to improve efficiency of network management procedures

  • Provide training and mentoring for technical (and sales) staff

Major Achievements

  • Delivered high-level design and recommendations for First Group wireless network. A leading-edge solution for wireless network 130 bus depots UK wide, meeting security, performance and management requirements. Presented to head of First UK Bus.   
  • Highways Agency Firewall deployment.  
  • Developed automated management software of Lucent Stinger for Easynet. Enables support staff to perform management functions on 1500+ devices (published solution in Sys Admin magazine).
  • Audit database (MySQL) for Easynet DSLAMs.

  • First Group network performance analysis. Report presented to IT management.

  • Developed site survey procedures for assessing feasibility of WiFi network deployment. Trained staff on the use of wireless measurement tools.

Feb 2004 – Nov 2006: University of Waikato

Senior Lecturer in Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. Lecturing in Digital Electronics, Operating Systems and Advanced and Communications Systems.

Responsibilities

  • Lecturing and course preparation

  • Technology liaison for the Waikato Times. Responsible for soliciting column articles for fortnightly technology column (contributed 6 articles).

  • Member of the WAND Network Research Group. Research and supervision of Ph.D and Masters students.

Major Achievements

  • Built wireless networks for remote communities in New Zealand.

  • Worked with total immersion Maori school. Students gave Maori language lessons to other schools using video conferencing over a community wireless network. This technology was demonstrated to the New Zealand Prime Minister.

  • Instigated GPS tracking system for Waikato hot air Balloon festival. Developed a an embedded system on a customised Linux system. Supervised development of 3D real-time visualization of balloon location. Successfully deployed at 2005 festival. Project featured in local and aviation press.

October 2002 – Jan 2004: Manchester Metropolitan University

Senior Lecturer, Department Computing and Mathematics 

Responsibilities

  • Lectures and course Preparation, final year project supervision.

  • Member of the advisory committee for the future of IT infrastructure within the department.

September 1989 – September 2002: Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T)

Network consultant in Professional Services (2000-2002)

Responsibilities

  • Establishing Performance Engineering Technical Practice. 

  • Evaluation of performance engineering tools. 

  • Internal trainer

  • Also part-time lecturer at Swindon Technical College teaching Unix.

Major Achievements

  • Delivered multicast (PIM-sparse mode) solution for Fujitsu.

  • Deployment of VPN solution for video on demand for BT. Demonstrated QoS.

  • Tested proof of concept for the C&W DSL project. Also carried out traffic profiling for DCN network.

Principal Engineer in the Central Information Office (1989-2000)

Responsibilities

  • Design, engineering and support of Lucent EMEA wide area network. 

  • Network performance evaluation and troubleshooting.

Major Achievements

  • Lucent Network Operations Center Consultancy. 

  • Consultant for NOC in Sophia, France. Resulted in winning a multi-million dollar contract.

  • Spanish Air Traffic Control Network Consultancy: Performance analysis of AENA’s data network. Presented findings and recommendations to senior management.

  • AT&T Communications: Integration engineer for multi-million (US) dollar project to set up  AT&T's UK network.

Technical Experience

Systems: Over 20 year experience in Unix (Linux, AT&T System V, FreeBSD/OpenBSD, Solaris, HPUX, AIX) Cisco, PSAX, Stinger, Soekris.
Languages and software
: J, Python, C/C++, Maple, TCL, Unix tools (Bash, Awk etc), R/Splus, MySQL. Perl, LaTeX, Framemaker, ns2.

Protocols: TCP/IP, DCCP, OSPF, 802.11, Multicasting (PIM), Ethernet, ATM, DNS/DHCP.

Personal Details

Nationality: British. Clean driving license, non-smoker.
Snowboarded on three continents and surfed three different oceans.
City and Guilds in Photography (merit). Attended Mandarin lessons at Waikato Language School  (6 terms).