Brian  D'Souza
Cisco Systems Inc., Software Engineer III

Brian was born in Bahrain, an island country in the Persian Gulf where his father worked for the Civil Service Bureau. When he was eight years old, his family moved to his father’s hometown nearby Mangalore, located on the southwestern coast of Karnataka, India.  He is part of the Mangalorean Catholic community, which is an ethno-religious community of Catholics who migrated from Goa, India during the Portuguese Inquisition between the 16th and 19th century. Brian speaks English, Hindi, Konkani, Kannada and Tulu. He completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and worked for almost five years in Bangalore, India in the Network Security field.

In 2013, he migrated to the United States to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied Telecommunications specialized in Information Security. During his time in graduate school, Brian served as President of the Indian Graduate Student Association and enjoyed the cultural leadership opportunity.

Following his graduation in 2015, Brian found his current position of Software Engineer at Cisco Systems Inc. He works in the Security Business Group as a tester and developer. He also holds the Scrum Master role and enjoys being the
facilitator for an agile development team. He recently passed the Certified Ethical Hacker certification and aims to become a Cyber Security professional. He volunteers as a mock interviewer each summer at the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3).

He is very empathetic and takes deep interest in how race, colonial history, culture and technology affects our lives today.

When he is not writing code or running tests, Brian likes to cook food from different cuisines like Persian, Mediterranean, Latin American, Indian and North African. He likes to experiment with herbs, spices and condiments for culinary creations that he shares with friends.