Featured analyst Carl Claunch, Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner

Seattle

Carl Claunch leads Gartner research into high-performance computing, providing advice and insights to users, buyers, technology providers and investors. He focuses on a broad range of timeframes, from current trends and practices to long-range technologies and transformations a decade or two in the future. Mr. Claunch's other responsibilities include forward-looking research into technologies and trends for the general server space, to help identify discontinuities and transitions in order to advise clients on ways to benefit and strategies to mitigate impacts from those changes. In addition, he conducts integrative research across many other areas of IT, highlighting significant trends, technologies and directions, which he delivers widely in presentations and special reports.


Craig Harrison, Founder, Niobrara Data Center Energy Park President, Harrison Resource Corporation

Seattle

Craig Harrison has more than 30 years of land, commercial real estate and natural resource brokerage experience. Craig has closed 750 transactions worth more than $625 million, including more than 200,000 acres of land, 250,000 square feet of commercial properties, and over 100,000 acre foot of water rights. Craig is the founder of the 662-acre Niobrara Data Center Energy Park, a greenfield energy project located in northern Colorado (Weld County) that has 45 energy and land uses approved, including cloud computing data centers, a 50-megawatt solar farm, a 200-megawatt gas power plant, renewables, and energy storage. The project, said to be "one of the largest utility-scale MicroGrids on the planet" capitalizes on the economic activity within the 30-mile radius of Niobrara Energy Park, including the Rawhide Energy Station, the Cheyenne gas hub, Xcel's Ponnequin Wind Farm, and Agilent Technologies' Aerospace Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park.


Paul Vaccaro - Global Data Center Engineer and Strategist, Intel

Seattle

Paul has over 28 years of IT experience in various operations and engineering roles. In his current role he is responsible for delivering next generation technologies to support worldwide data center operations, data center upgrades and new facility construction. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Linfield College.


David Seger, PE, LEED AP, CH2M HILL/IDC ARCHITECTS

Seattle

David Seger is CH2M HILL's Senior Mechanical Engineer for Mission Critical Facilities and leads IDC Architects' mechanical engineering group. He has 30 years of experience in the operation and design of advanced technology and mission critical industrial facilities in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Seger has extensive experience in the design of central cooling and heating plants, critical environment airflow management, general HVAC, and process exhaust systems serving data centers and microelectronics facilities. He holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the states of Oregon, Virginia, and Wyoming. Mr. Seger has authored articles on data center cooling and presented at multiple conferences including Supercomputing, 7x24 Exchange, TeleData Technology Convergence, and Data Centres Europe conferences.


Lenny Liebmann, Contributing Editor, InformationWeek

Seattle

Lenny is a contributing editor to InformationWeek and a writer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the application of information technologies to real-world business challenges. After graduating Yale in 1979, Lenny worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories. He then began an independent practice. By the end of the 80's, he was working with leading innovators in networking, IT management, business applications and digital voice. Lenny has worked with all of the tech sector's leading companies, as well as many successful start-ups. His work for these clients has included strategic messaging, white papers, live-event moderating, webcasts, case studies, executive ghostwriting, and web content development.


Yue Ma, Senior Product Manager of the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Solutions at Siemens

Seattle

Yue Ma is the Senior Product Manager of the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Solutions at Siemens. He is responsible for product strategy, roadmap, development, deployment and customer support. He has extensive experience in Building Management Systems (BMS), software engineering, end-to-end architecture, development and support for Mission Critical Systems. Prior to joining Siemens, Yue held various management and engineering positions at Johnson Controls and Motorola. Yue holds a Cand.Scient. in Informatics from University of Oslo, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University, and an MBA from University of Chicago. He is a member of the technical committee at Green Grid, a senior member of IEEE (Institute of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and a Six Sigma Green Belt.


Mike Zapata, Global account manager for Siemens Industry, Data Center Solutions

Seattle

Appointed as global account manager for Siemens Industry, Data Center Solutions in 2012, Mike leads both Siemens Power Distribution and Building Technologies divisions in pursuit of global data center projects. Mike joined Siemens in 1995, and since that time has held various sales and leadership positions with increasing responsibility ranging from business development, channel management and sales management in Chicago and Southern California where he now resides. Mike has over 18 years experience in industrial automation, power distribution, renewables, systems integration and distribution. Mike holds a B.A. degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.