Cisco designated VIP Peter Palúch is an assistant professor and a Cisco Networking Academy instructor at the University of Zilina, Slovakia. His fields of interest include routing, switching, and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technologies. He is a seasoned teacher who has cooperated in various educational activities in Slovakia and abroad, focusing particularly on networking and Linux-based network server systems. Peter holds a doctoral degree in the area of VoIP quality degradation factors; he also holds CCIP certification (retired by Cisco) and CCIE certification no. 23527 in routing and switching.