The Third Annual Green Data Center Summit, presented by GEM Energy, IBM, and Syracuse University will be held October 17, 2013 in Syracuse, NY.

Technical presentations will address critical issues affecting data center owners, managers and designers including funding, incentives, technology and equipment, energy usage, and overall performance results. The event will include tours of the Syracuse University Green Data Center, one of the world’s most energy efficient data centers.

Dr. Roger Schmidt will speak on:
‘Innovations in the Data Center’

Dr. Roger Schmidt, IBM

Dr. Schmidt is an IBM fellow, National Academy of Engineering member, IBM Academy of Technology member and ASME fellow. As IBM’s chief engineer on data center energy efficiency, Dr. Schmidt has over 30 years experience in engineering and engineering management in the thermal design of IBM’s large scale computers.


Dave Crocker, with co-presenter Tim Martinson,
will speak on “Steel ORCA’s Digital Utility Center:
A Next Generation Approach to On-Demand
Highly Available Computing.”

David Crocker, CEO, Steel ORCA

Mr. Crocker brings over 30 years of IT experience to Steel ORCA.  Dave was the CEO and President of Octopus Technologies, who invented 1st generation cluster technology for Microsoft Windows NT. Octopus was awarded the patent on real time data mirroring in 1995 and became the first Windows NT-specific product to achieve Automatic Switch Over (ASO) from a failed system to another live backup system.  Under Dave’s guidance, Octopus became the first company worldwide to be awarded certification by Microsoft for having developed products compatible with Windows NT.

Tim Martinson, STARLINE DC Solutions

Mr. Martinson is the director of STARLINE DC Solutions for Universal Electric Corporation. For more than 25 years, Mr. Martinson has been developing and deploying value-based system solutions to provide complete turn-key solutions for safe and reliable use of 380VDC in data center applications. Prior to joining Universal Electric Corporation, he held leadership positions at Direct Power Technologies, Inc. and Eaton Corporation.

Steve Gillette will present:
“Advanced Turbine Power Generation Solutions”

Steve Gillette, Capstone Turbine Corporation

Mr. Gillette is director of business development for Capstone Turbine Corporation. Prior to joining Capstone in 1999, Mr. Gillette was CEO of Statordyne, a power quality equipment company. His experience includes leadership and engineering positions at Siemens and General Electric. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College.

Greg Harwick will present:
“IBM Integrated Technology Services Sales”

Greg Harwick,IBM

Mr. Harwick is sales manager for the IBM ITS sales organization in the  eastern United States. He is responsible for driving sales for the data center services site and facilities organization, with areas of specialty including data center design, build, migration, relocation, cabling, assessment and planning. Prior to his current position, Mr. Harwick was part of the STG Lab Services organization with expertise including data center optimization services for IBM clients and business partners focused on power, cooling, operational and cost improvements. He has an undergraduate degree in finance from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.

Allan Hoeft will speak on:
“IBM Systems and Technology Group – Data Center Services”

Allan Hoeft, IBM

Mr. Hoeft is the business unit executive for IBM Systems and Technology Group – Data Center Services.  He has 34 years of experience at IBM in various positions including thermal lab manager, program manager of  power, packaging and cooling for System Z servers,  program manager for super computer development and most recently architect for IBM’s high-efficiency benchmark centers in growth countries.  Mr. Hoeft holds a bachelors and masters degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a concentration in energy.

Ed Kear will present:
“NYSERDA CHP Programs: A Little History,
Where We Are Headed, and How Data Centers Fit”


Ed Kear is a senior project manager and on-site power team leader in NYSERDA’s Research and Development department. He currently manages the CHP Acceleration Program and oversees several renewable portfolio standard – customer sited tier programs, including; on-site wind, fuel cell, anaerobic digester gas and competitive photovoltaics. Prior to joining NYSERDA in 1987, Mr. Kear taught mechanical engineering at Clarkson University, was a consulting engineer specializing in energy conservation in the institutional sector, and was a project manager at Hamilton Standard division of United Technologies. He is a professional engineer licensed in New York.

David Blair and Dinesh Badgandi will speak on:
Combined Cooling Heat and Power (CCHP)

David Blair, GEM Energy

David R. Blair, P.E., is senior vice president of GEM Energy.  Prior to joining the company, Mr. Blair co-founded BHP Energy with a business focus on CHP/CCHP projects using gas turbine and advanced technologies. He has directed the design of systems that include power generation, exhaust heat recovery, chilled water production, power distribution, substations, protective relaying, process control and automation. For the Syracuse University Green Data Center, Mr. Blair provided oversight and management of the project team responsible for the development, installation and commissioning of the first hybrid UPS microturbine tri-generation system in the world.

Dinesh Badgandi, Thermax, Inc.

Mr. Badgandi is national sales manager – cooling for Thermax, Inc. He has held various leadership positions with the Thermax absorption chilling group since 1999 including country manager, Russian federation. Mr. Badgandi holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Pune University, India.

Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa and Dr. Dustin Demetriou will present:
‘Syracuse University Data Center Performance; Data Center Modeling’

Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa, IBM

Dr. Khalifa is a NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. His career spans over four decades of academic and industrial experience in teaching, research, technology and product development, and R&D planning and execution. Dr. Khalifa’s current research is focused on transport processes in, and optimization of, environmental control and energy conversion systems, particularly those applicable to buildings and high-density data centers.

Dr. Dustin Demetriou, IBM

Dr. Demetriou is a development engineer in the IBM System and Technology Group’s Advanced Thermal Energy Efficiency Lab focusing on advanced cooling technologies, cross brand thermal development and state-of-the-art data center designs. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Syracuse University in 2012. Dr. Demetriou’s research is focused on the analysis, application and optimization of energy conversion and environmental control systems, particularly in the area of high-density data centers and high-performance buildings.