• 2019 GMiS Luminary •
Erik Lozano is the Secure Mobile I.T. lead for the Leidos San Antonio location, where responsible for managing the operations of the Secure Mobile Device Gateways. In this position, he manages NetOps Support for the Gateway locations and is responsible for ensuring configuration, components, and system administration criteria meet Information Assurance requirements.
Mr. Lozano’sduties also include System Administration providing on-site 24 x 7 operations, maintenance, and network management support; resolution of system incidents and system performance monitoring; and addressing performance concerns. He is also responsible for Information Assurance support and compliance, asset management and accountability.
Throughout his 17-year career, Mr. Lozano has supported network and service infrastructure for key command and control Department of Defense I.T. capabilities, some providing direct support to the warfighter and senior DoD leadership. This is a role that requires both the technical expertise to ensure no network downtime occurs, and a high security clearance.
Growing up in Northern California with a working-class background, college wasn’t Mr. Lozano’s first choice of options after graduating high school. When careers as a cabinet maker and as a warehouse worker proved unsatisfying, he began working part time so he could earn an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science which led to his first IT job at the data center for the local county office.
After subsequently obtaining certification from the Cisco Networking Academy, Mr. Lozano became a Computer Training Instructor and eventually a Network & System Administrator at the Army’s Defense Language Institute. His desire to advance his career led to his decision to complete his B.S. degree in Information Systems while continuing to work fulltime. While the task required sacrificing all of his free time to study, with the support of his wife, he soon became the first in his family with a bachelor’s degree.
In the intervening years, Mr. Lozano has continued to support the military and DoD community in various Network Engineer and System Administrator roles. In each of these positions, he has earned praise for his technical expertise as well as his leadership and organization.