Data Center Case Study - University of Maryland, Clark School of Engineering


University of Maryland, Clark School of Engineering


Comprised of more than 4,500 students and nearly 200 faculty members, the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus consistently ranks among the Top 20 engineering programs in the United States. The school, which offers 13 graduate programs and 12 undergraduate programs, also is home to one of the most robust and thriving research programs in the country.

The Situation

The Clark School of Engineering, situated on the rolling, 1,500-acre University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md., is one of the premier engineering schools in the U.S., with graduate and undergraduate education programs ranked in or near the Top 20. The Clark School garnered research awards of $171 million in the last year. With emphasis in key areas such as energy, nanotechnology and materials, bioengineering, robotics, communications and networking, life cycle and reliability engineering, project management, intelligent transportation systems and aerospace, the Clark School is leading the way toward the next generations of engineering advances.


  • Doubled data center cooling capacity and physical capacity of data center
  • Optimized server configuration and airflow for maximum efficiency and IT availability
  • Improved Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) by 5.5 percent
"Emerson Network Power was able to help the University of Maryland achieve Efficiency Without Compromise in revamping a 25 year-old data center into a modern infrastructure that is very efficient and will meet our growing capacity needs for the future."
- Jim Zahniser, Executive Director of Information Technology, A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland
Case Summary
Location: College Park, Maryland, USA
Products and Services: Comprehensive Thermal Assessment with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeling
SmartAisle technologies, including Liebert CRV Row-Based Precision Cooling Solution with Liebert iCOM Controls and remote monitoring facilitated by Liebert’s Virtual Ntegrity Gateway (VNG)
Critical Needs: Optimize an existing data center infrastructure for efficiency, availability and space-utilization to promote availability and accommodate future IT growth.

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