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13 Feb 2023

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Digital Infrastructure and Energy Luminary Peter Gross, joins IDCA to lead the Advisory Council

Peter Gross, PE, will Chair the International Data Center Authority (IDCA) Advisory Council. Globally well-known pioneering data center and energy executive, board member, and investor, Gross says of his new role, “For some time now, I have been observing IDCA’s vision and growing influence on the next generation of the full stack of digital infrastructure.”

“It’s now an honor to contribute to this worldwide team, and join this paradigm-shifting work they’re doing for both this worldwide industry, worldwide, and the fast-transitioning digital economies and societies we all serve. And particularly so right at this unusually steep digital infrastructure capacity inflection-point moment.”

In making the announcement, IDCA founder and chairman Mehdi Paryavi says, “We are delighted that Peter will be leading the IDCA’s aimed globally influential council.

“Few individuals have made such diverse contributions to the digital infrastructure value stream as well as digital energy. The challenges this sector faces today are as potent as the advent of the internet and cloud.”

The mission of the new IDCA Advisory Council, Paryavi said, “will be to provide strategic advice to the IDCA business and professional units, board, committees, and chapters, as well as stakeholders worldwide.”

About Peter Gross - Peter is the Chair of IDCA Advisory Council. He is recognized as a thought leader in the mission-critical information, communication, and infrastructure design realm has published numerous technical papers in the field, and is a frequent speaker at international events. His focus centers on mission-critical facilities, high-reliability design, energy and sustainability. Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in the engineering and design of power systems as applied to data centers, trading floors, command and control centers, and telecommunication and broadcasting facilities.

Peter is an advisor and chairperson at numerous prominent entities. He led the Mission Critical Systems group at Bloom Energy, the leading manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells. Prior to joining Bloom, he was the Managing Partner for HP’s Carbon, Power and Critical Facilities Services where he was responsible for strategic technology planning and business development. He was the co-founder and CEO of EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Inc., the premier consulting and engineering firm dedicated to the design and operations of data centers. In this position, he has played a pivotal role in the rapid growth of EYP MCF’s business since its founding in 1997, leading to its acquisition by HP in 2008.

Peter has been at the forefront of many innovative concepts that have contributed to the data center industry evolution, such as the HP modular, pre-fabricated FlexDC product and he was co-awarded a patent for Direct Current power distribution topology. He is presently focused on transforming the data center architecture through the use of fuel cells.

Peter is the recipient of 2010 Data Center Dynamics “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” award. He was quoted in many publications, including The New York Times, Businessweek and Computerworld.

A Senior IEEE Member and a Registered Professional Engineer, Peter was one of the contributors to IEEE Standard 3006.7-2013, “Recommended Practice for determining the reliability of 7×24 Power Systems in industrial and commercial facilities”.

In 2012 he joined the Ontario’s High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) Strategic Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability and of Southern Methodist University’s Data Center System Engineering Board of Advisors.

He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received an MBA from California State University. Currently, Peter lives with his wife in Santa Monica, California.

About IDCA - IDCA pioneers the Digital Infrastructure, Digital Transformation, and the Digital Economy disciplines worldwide. The Authority's mission is to aid nations, governments, private and public institutions as well as individual citizens and professionals to benefit fully from the technology industry's ideas and environments.

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