Andrew Jimenez has over 25 years experience in the fields of telecommunications testing and product certification. He has held various engineering and management positions with test laboratories specializing in the certification of network communications systems and components. While an engineer at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), he directed the launch of their Category 5 connecting hardware verification program. Currently, his primary responsibilities include the management of the day-to-day operations of Anixter’s Infrastructure Solutions Lab and Solutions Briefing Centers, standards development, and product research.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master of Engineering Management Degree from Northwestern University as well as multiple patents utilizing balanced twisted-pair cabling technology. He is an active voting member of the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) TR-42 cabling and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 LAN/MAN standards committees. In 2015, he served as chair for the development of the ANSI/TIA-TSB-5019 Standard, which specifies requirements to identify, analyze, and recommend use cases (e.g. switch fabric architectures, End-of Row, and Top-of-Rack) for high performance structured cabling (HPSC) application environments utilizing high speed applications such as 40GBASE-T or 10GBASE-T Ethernet. These use cases can be incorporated in data center or premise designs including equipment rooms (ER), server rooms, laboratories, and high bandwidth technology space.
Andrew is also a Cisco CCNA with Wireless Specialization. He has given numerous technical presentations at trade shows and symposiums and was the 2015 BICSI Harry J. Pfister Award recipient for Excellence in the Telecommunications Indus