Mission Critical's Advisory Board comprises industry figures who contribute expertise, guidance, and knowledge to the magazine's editorial staff. Drawn from industry, these individuals ensure that the publication meets the needs of its readership by writing articles, helping develop webinars, critiquing the content of articles within each issue, or advancing story ideas or topics for future coverage.
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Rob is currently senior director, Managed Cloud Services at Hitachi Data Systems. Rob has architected the power and cooling design for more than 20 enterprise class data centers in North America and the Asia Pacific region. He previously served as Cisco's Data Center Market Manager, where he worked with Cisco IT and the data center product engineering teams to drive the green agenda at Cisco as part of Cisco's sponsorship of the Clinton Global Initiative, participation in The Green Grid, and EPA Climate Leaders.
One of the most respected innovators in the electronics cooling and packaging industry, Christian recently moved to Microsoft as the principal power and cooling architect for its online business. Prior to this move Christian was a strategist for HP where his responsibilities included driving the technology direction in HP's server products as well as driving industry initiatives that benefit the customer environment. With over 60 patents, Christian is an ASME Fellow, an IMAPS Fellow, and a founding member of ASHRAE's TC9.9.
Dr. Cronin is CEO of Resilient Solutions, LLC a Mission Critical Consultancy firm founded in 2003 focused on data center management, operations, marketing, forensics, and research. Currently, his efforts are spotlighting data center efficiency research, application of 400V direct current power distribution, integration of renewable resources, and development of IoT data center applications Previously, Dr. Cronin was COO at Steel ORCA and Mission Critical Principal at Gilbane Building Company. For over 30 years, Dr. Cronin has been a leader in real estate, facilities, and the operational aspects of high technology operations. The greater part of his career has been with large fortune 500 organizations such as Macy's, Shearson Lehman Brothers, Smith Barney, and UBS. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a doctorate in mission critical operations.
Chris Crosby is the CEO and founder of Compass Datacenters. Chris has over 20 years of technology experience and over 10 years of real estate and investment experience.
Mr. Curtis has thirty years of experience working in the mission critical engineering industry having worked for Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank, Securities Industry Automation Company (SIAC), the Suffolk County Water Authority, and Sperry Corporation. Mr. Curtis has been responsible for critical systems design, construction, operations, energy, and budgets for multi-megawatt infrastructures; and oversaw a major railroad electrification project.
Since 1994, Mr. Curtis has been an associate professor at New York Institute of Technology, and is on the Board of Directors of NYIT Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) Advisory Board, focusing on hands on research and product execution for the Smart Grid and Cyber Security Industries. Additionally, Mr. Curtis sits on the NYIT President’s Advisory Board and DCD Board of Directors as an observer. He also teaches at Marist College.
The author of two books on mission critical facilities operations, Curtis is a frequent speaker at IFMA, AFE, and DCD. He also serves as educational advisor for AFE and has provided briefings to the White House on critical infrastructure protection. He graduated New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) with a B.S. in Electro-Mechanical Computer Technology and received his M.S. in Energy Management in 1994.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Deputy Director of Mechanical Engineering for Jacobs'Architecture and Engineering Practice in St. Louis. Kevin is registered in seven states and a LEED Accredited Professional, and proud to serve as a member of the Advisory Board for Engineered Systems magazine. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Dickens has been responsible for the mechanical design for a range of mission critical facilities in both the private and public sector including military command and control, national intelligence and commercial data centers, with a focus on HVAC systems.
Peter Funk and his partner recently founded Funk and Zeifer LLP. Peter practices in the area of energy law with a focus on energy generation projects; including on-site cogeneration, energy conservation and energy management installations, demand-side management projects such as advanced metering, renewable resource an 'green' generation, and energy-related financing matters. Peter has extensive experience in the area of utility law and has advised gas and electric utility companies and served as outside general counsel for a utility which co-owned a nuclear plant and has provided legal services to other utilities with interests in nuclear plants. He has advised many clients regarding regulatory compliance issues and also served as outside general counsel to an energy services company.
Scott Good a Sr. Consultant at the Uptime Institute an unbiased, third-party data center research, education, and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation. The Uptime Institute serves all shareholders of the data center industry, including enterprise and third-party operation, manufacturers, providers, and engineers. This collaborative approach, completed with the Uptime Institute's capability to recognize trends on a global basis and to interface directly with owners, results in solutions and innovations freed from regional constraints for the benefit of the worldwide data center industry.
Peter Gross recently joined Bloom Energy after a lengthy career at EYP and then HP Mission Critical Facilities. After joining Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott, Architecture and Engineering Inc. in 1997, he founded and was actively involved in the development and the rapid growth of the Mission Critical Engineering practice. His duties included strategic planning, technical oversight and business development. His focus centered on understanding the major trends shaping this industry and securing HP's thought leadership position. He is considered a leading thinker and practitioner of mission critical information and infrastructure design. Peter has published numerous technical papers and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of high-performance critical facilities, ultra-reliable design and power quality. He has more than 20 years experience in the engineering and design of data centers, trading floors, Command and Control Centers, telecommunication and broadcasting facilities.
Under Cyrus' leadership, the Critical Facilities Team focuses solely on designing, building and commissioning critical and hypercritical facilities for 24/7 data-driven enterprises.Clients include financial services, manufacturing, utilities, state and federal government agencies, health care providers, telecommunication, pharmaceutical, and biotech. He has over 20 years of management level project and client experience, including extensive involvement in all aspects of major building systems projects, incorporating a comprehensive approach blending facilities management, MEP design, IT, security, and construction to take uptime and reliability to a new level.
The group developed recommendations for policymakers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy on ways to promote energy efficiency and prevent pollution. Koomey is also a Research Affiliate of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Contemporary Economic Policy. Dr. Koomey holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in History of Science from Harvard University. He is the author or coauthor of nine books and more than two hundred articles and reports on energy efficiency and supply-side power technologies, energy economics, energy policy, environmental externalities, and global climate change. He has also published extensively on critical thinking skills.
Bruce has actively pioneered server cooling solutions that isolate air flow in order to prevent air 'recirculation' and 'short-circuiting' in data center environments. Bruce is a Founder of San Francisco's Critical Facilities Round Table (CFRT); Co-Chairman of the CFRT High Density Data Center Committee; Technical Columnist and Advisory Board member at Mission Critical Magazine; member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Data Center Energy Efficiency Committee; Advisory Board Member at 6Connect; Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sigma Phi Delta International Social-Professional Engineering Fraternity; and, recently, a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of the Bay Area.
Dean founded the non-profit industry group to bring infrastructure professionals together to collaborate, debate, and share information.
An Infrastructure Mason is a person entrusted with building and managing the physical and logical structures of the Digital Age. They are dedicated to the advancement of the Industry, development of their fellow masons, and empowering business and personal use of the infrastructure to better the economy, the environment, and society.
Infrastructure Masons has assembled a world class Advisory Council to help guide the organization that includes Joe Kava VP of Data Centers at Google, Christian Belady, GM of Data Center Services at Microsoft, Tom Furlong, VP of Infrastructure Data Centers, Eddie Schutter Head of Global Foundation Services at Ebay, Jim Smith former CTO from Digital Realty Trust, and Rob Roy CEO & Founder of Switch. These leaders have personally developed more than $1B of technical infrastructure each.
Julius is the CTO and founder of North American Access Technologies, Inc. (NAAT). based in Westchester NY, and has been designing and implementing Data Center Infrastructure and related technology projects for over 20 years. NAAT’s clients include Fortune 500 firms and government agencies.
Julius is a member of ASHRAE, BICSI, IEEE and The Green Grid, as well as a Certified Data Center Design Professional “CDCDP” designer and instructor. He is also an instructor for the US Department of Energy’s Data Center Energy Practitioner “DCEP” program.
Julius has written numerous articles, whitepapers and webinars for various IT and Data Center publications on data center power, cooling and efficiency, and writes his “Hot Aisle Insight’ blog here at Mission Critical Magazine
A 23-year veteran of corporate architecture, Leonard has dedicated the last 16 years of his career to understanding the specialized needs of mission-critical facilities, and finding smart new ways to meet them. His expertise is based on leading the design and development of facilities ranging from enterprise level data centers, to co-location and telecommunications facilities from extensive mainframe operations to highly densified server environments. His client's in these areas include Amazon.com, Starbucks, WAAVE Communications, Microsoft, Blue Cross, and Washington Mutual. Leonard is a founding member of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the 7x24 exchange. He speaks and publishes frequently on a range of topics related to mission-critical facilities.
David Schirmacher is president of 7x24 Exchange International. He previously served as senior vice president of technical operations for Digital Realty Trust as well as chief strategy officer for FieldView Solutions. Prior to joining Fieldview Solutions, he was globally responsible for strategy, operations and risk management relating to the Goldman Sachs' critical systems infrastructure.
Henry is senior staff technologist focused on energy efficient performance technologies at Intel. The technologies cover the full vertical computing hardware stack from silicon and component level power and thermal technologies to system power distribution to power and thermal management architectures. Henry is responsible for developing and gaining industry and internal technology roadmaps on energy efficient performance technologies. The technologist drives both the internal product development process, leading technical teams integrating energy efficient performance technologies, as well as the external technology developments for energy efficient performance, such as metrics, technology protocols, and environmental standards.
Stephen has been involved with industry-leading customers across the world for over 20 years as an industrial and ICT engineer; with over eight years in Asia, across the Americas and again back on a pan-European level. Stephen was the Head of Technology Services for Dimension Data UK, where he was also their acting Practice Manager for Data Centres, Storage Solutions and Intelligent Buildings.