Priscilla Oppenheimer

Independent Consultant

Priscilla Oppenheimer is an educator, author, and computer networking consultant. Priscilla worked as a software developer for Apple Computer and as a technical instructor for Cisco Systems, and has taught classes around the world to thousands of network engineers. Priscilla has a Masters Degree in Information Science from the University of Michigan and is the author of "Top-Down Network Design," 3rd ed., Cisco Press, 2011, and the co-author of "Troubleshooting Campus Networks," John Wiley, 2002. Priscilla also helped develop the "Innovating Women" book in 2014


October 16, 2015


Zombie and Non-Zombie Technologies and What We Should Be Teaching in Basic Networking Classes

3 min read

In the networking field, there are a number of technologies that should be dead but that still linger on, at least in our folklore and training, if not actually installed in modern networks. There are also concepts and technologies that are extensively used in modern networks, but that aren’t taught in most basic networking classes.

March 10, 2015


Why Network Design in the Modern Era Has Kept Me from Retirement

4 min read

In youth-oriented Silicon Valley, it’s risky to mention this, but I’ve been around for a long time. In fact, in theory I could retire! I already moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest where the cost of living is low, and I could spend my days hiking in the mountains. But actually I […]