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March 12, 2013

Data Center Design & Efficiency
March 12, 2013
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Parthenon Restaurant
314 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60661
March 12 Afternoon Seminar & Dinner Meeting

$45.00 Member Registration

$55.00 Non-Member Registration

$0.00 Student Member Ticket

$30.00 Student Sponsor


This month's topic will be Data Centers, and we plan to offer a lot of data on the subject, with three outstanding presenters:

William J. Kosik, PE, CEM, LEED AP, BEMP, HP, our first presenter in the afternoon, will talk about "Developing a Roadmap for Data Center Energy Efficiency." Bill shows data center owners and end-users how to cut costs and improve efficiency.  A principal in HP’s Data Center Consulting Services, which includes Energy Use Strategy and the Energy Assessment Tool software, he helps evaluate energy use in data centers, including the interplay between servers and power-cooling equipment.  Bill has worked as a consultant for the U.S. Green Building Council and presented at several USGBC conferences. He has worked with the City of Chicago helping develop city-specific environmental criteria. 

The afternoon program will also cover "Data Center Design Basics." Jeff Trower, General Sales Manager for Data Aire Inc., will define the special requirements of data centers and why it's important to control their environment. He'll list and describe several important resources and references for Data Center design and best practices using references including ASHRAE TC9.9. Finally, Jeff will discuss trends such as high density, energy efficiency, alternative methods of cooling, 90.1 and case studies demonstrating chillerless data centers and elevated operating temperatures. Jeff Trower has worked in the air conditioning business since 1982,  starting out in nondestructive testing as an eddy current inspector of shell and tube heat exchangers with Global Tube Corp./Turbex Heat Transfer. Subsequently, he spent 7 years with Mitsubishi in the ductless mini-split division as Sales and Service Manager. Jeff has been an  ASHRAE member and involved with TC9.9 since its inception in 2002.

Our evening presenter will be Munther Salim, PHd, a principal at HP Critical Facilities Services. His topic will be "Data Center Energy Efficiency Benchmarking," based on a summary from 160 energy audits. When it's time to increase efficiency in your data center, it is critical to take a holistic approach. Dr. Salim will explain: the primary drivers of data center energy use; where to look for inefficiencies in the power, cooling and IT systems; the impacts of a data center operation on water use and CO2 emissions; and ways to create synergies between the IT and facilities organizations to reduce energy use. Dr Salim has been a key developer of HP CFS worldwide data centre energy auditing program, tools, processes, and training. He has led several retro-commissioning projects from conception to measurement and verification. He is a member of the HP CFS Technology Council.

Everyone is invited to attend the March 12 seminar and meeting at the Parthenon. Whether or not you are directly involved in designing or improving efficient Data Center environments, you will learn a lot at this program. By the end of the evening the only thing that you can say is "Greek to me" will be the delicious food that you'll enjoy during dinner. Attendance will qualify for 3 PDHs.

The evening will include a ceremony presenting this year's Illinois Chapter Student Scholarships to our top four students. Come and see who they are. As this will be "Student Night," we expect to have a number of student members in attendance. As students are invited to attend monthly meetings for free, we are looking for Chapter members who can help us cover their meal costs. Please indicate your wish to sponsor one or more students ($30 each) when you register online -- or arrive at the meeting.

For information or assistance, call (708) 636-5819.

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