Mike Younkers has 30 years of industry experience working for the U.S. government and private sector companies. He has been an operator, engineer, and architect of global networks, cybersecurity capabilities, and other IT-related systems. Over the years he has held various leadership positions where he has been impacted by industry changes and led multiple teams through various transformations. He is currently a senior director of Systems Engineering on Cisco’s U.S. federal team, where he has the privilege and honor to work alongside some of the brightest and most dedicated people in our industry. He holds a BS in electrical engineering (BSEE), a BS in computer science, and an MS in telecommunications and computers. It is the combination of this education and these years of experience that inspired him to want to be an active participant in this effort.