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April 13, 2015

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April 2015 Meeting
April 13, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holiday Inn & Suites - West
1109 Fourier Drive
Madison, WI 53717
Data Center Trends, Case Studies, and ASHRAE TC 9.9 updates

$20.00 Member Registration

$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)

$0.00 Cafeteria Plan - Local Member

$0.00 Student Ticket

Technical Session - 5 pm (optional) - Cooling Trends in the Data Center, Russ Hoppes,Sr. Regional Sales Manager for Emerson Network Power / Liebert

Dinner - 6:15 pm

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - Data Center Trends, ASHRAE TC9.9 updates, and Institutional Data Center Case Studies, Matt Koukl, Project Manager -Mission Critical Services at Affiliated Engineers, inc.

Technical Session Highlights:


This presentation addresses the many changes in the computer room cooling industry today, which affect end users, contractors, and the consulting engineering community.   I will review ASHRAE’s latest thermal guidelines, plus some of the regulations that will go into effect soon.  Efficiency is a top priority and I will address how to improve PUE (power usage effectiveness) through room design, air flow management, component technology, and newer control methods.

Learning Objectives:

  • What differentiates cooling for comfort applications and computer room applications
  • How regulations are affecting the computer room cooling industry
  • Discussion of computer room design and cooling strategies
  • What are the energy metrics used today in computer room cooling
  • Advances in controls for optimized efficiency
Presenter Bio:
Russ Hoppes is a Sr. Regional Sales Manager for Emerson Network Power / Liebert. He supports Liebert's Thermal Management business in 16 states across the Midwest and Southeast USA.  He brings 31 years of experience in data center cooling industry.  At Liebert / Emerson, Russ has held several positions in various areas including Engineering, Applications, International Sales, and Domestic Sales. Education - BSME - The Ohio State University; MBA – Ohio University, member ASHRAE


Main Presentation Highlights:


The data Center industry and Technology continues to evolve. This presentation will look at trends in computing technologies that drive cooling technology and data center design. Additionally this presentation will provide an update on the latest happenings within ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9. Cooling and energy efficiency cases studies for two institutional type facilities will be provided.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of computing technology trends
  • Update on ASHRAE Thermal guidelines and coming changes
  • Utilizing ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines to maximize energy savings
  • Methods for improving energy efficiency of institutional facilities



Matt Koukl, DCEP-G

Affiliated Engineers, Inc. , Mission Critical Services - Project Manager


Mr. Koukl, a Project Manager in AEI’s Mission Critical practice, brings expertise in airflow control, cooling, and power for enterprise data centers and collocation facilities. A controls and power density efficiency specialist, he has devised energy- saving innovations for commercial, government, higher education, healthcare, research, and manufacturing clients by applying a systems-bridging approach to complex, critical environments.  Recent clients include: Abbott Laboratories, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin, IMS Engineered Products, Kansas State University, Qatar Foundation (Doha) Research Institute, and other confidential clients.

In addition to consulting, Mr. Koukl has contributed to ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 defining standards for mission critical facilities, data centers, technology spaces, and electronic equipment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia. 


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