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Atul Dhingra

Manager II, Engineering

  • Bangalore India
  • +91 9620879885

Work History

May 2011Present

Manager II, Engineering

Cisco Systems Inc. 

Engineering leader for Technology and Quality group. Driving development of next-gen cloud automation test and traceability framework for the test transformation and factory digitization. Prior experience with service provider networking group - driving software test engineering practices in areas of network security, distributed software, high availability, layer 2-3 protocols and quality of service; and in bring-up, design, development & sustenance of platforms with both direct and extended teams across sites.

Most recent contributions:

  • DevOps Test Platform development for CI/CD, distribution, cloud  based test services measurement
  • Virtualized test execution system on private cloud, automation platform and an analytics layer
  • ASIC validation and test framework for services, scale, performance and exceptions

Hands on Tech Lead/Manager - Deployment knowledge combined with Expert scripting skills with focus on

  • Test Innovation - Responsible for quality and testing on  access and core network devices.  Developing open and optimized test architectures for both north (applications) and south bound directions (Infrastructure). 
  • Process Innovation - Leading forums to speed deployment via case studies, white papers and technology workshops for field trials. Handling customer accounts for quality assessments while working closely with marketing, hardware and vendors.  
  • Customer Centricity - Leading teams designing solutions to meet customer requirements with focus on fault tolerance, predictive & prescriptive tools. 
  • Organizational Development - Managing all channel communication and timely flow of information, employee engagement and three-sixty degree feedback. Effectively planning resources & people, release schedules, quality metrics, automation tests, deployment and configuration management.
Mar 2010May 2011

Software (Test) Engineer 

Cisco Systems Inc.

Software engineer in the test  & automation at Cisco Core Software Group. Responsible for quality assurance and automation testing on network access protocols such as Link aggregation (LACP), Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI), Spanning Tree, Resilient Ethernet Protocol, Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) etc. Use of test tools from IXIA, Spirent and Open Source communities.

  • System test for Cisco CPT, ME2600 and Functional regression testing for ASR903 and ASR920 devices
  • Implementation of tools required for failure logging & analysis
  • Implementation of monitoring checks for product serviceability including innovative features like Smart Call Home
  • Deployment support and early field trials for new releases including system and integration testing 
  • Scale and performance testing of the software components, product migration and parity matches
Jun 2007Mar 2010

Individual Contributor  - Software Test

Freescale Semiconductor

Individual contributor for system on chip (SoC) enablement software development and validation.  Part of  team on bring-up of flagship products such as QorIQ P2040 quad-core processors. Delivered quality software features to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on broadband applications.

  • Test development and execution on compliance to industry standards (TR-147 and WT-156)
  • Owner of configuration management and engineering lab bring-up for networking software group
  • Responsible for defect analysis,  prioritization and verification for both internal and field issues
  • Involved in development frameworks for quality assurance on Passive Optical Network sub-features of OMCI & GMAC
  • Point of contact for Multicast and  triple play features in addition to vendor based interoperability requirements
Sep 2004Jun 2007

Lead Test Engineer

Conexant Systems

Software Engineer for feature testing & customer escalations support for ADSL/GPON product family. Part of engineering team for the gateway solution based on Linux kernel. 

  • Responsible for customer demos on flagship Vulcan and Viking networks processors
  • Active role in development cycle of the broadband access devices & performance testing of the CPEs in different customer scenarios
  • Validation of protocol test suites for technologies including VLANS, IGMP, STP, PPPoE, PPPoA, RFC1483,  QoS
  • Automation testing of Quality of service at IP and MAC level (Classification, Policing, Metering & Scheduling)

Customer Support Engineer/Floor Tech Lead

Convergys at Cisco Systems Inc

Responsible for advanced technical support of Virtual Private Networks at Cisco Systems Technical Assistance Center (TAC). Well versed with encryption procedures using IPSEC and protocols like GRE, PPTP and L2TP



Work integrated - Masters of Science (M.S.)

Birla Institute of Technology and Science

Masters of Science (M.S.) in Software Systems via an exhaustive 2 year work-integrated course. Award for innovative dissertation work for Test Optimization Techniques at BITS Pilani.

Certifications & Awards

  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security (CCIE Security #47677)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) 
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Achievement Program (multiple)
  • Freescale Bravo - Quality Initiatives
  • Direct Measure of Quality (DMOQ)


Date of Birth



English, Hindi

Permanent Address

Sobha Iris, Outer Ring Road, Bangalore, IN 560103

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