Chandrakant D. Patel

  HP Senior Fellow
  Chief Engineer

Biography

Chandrakant Patel is an HP Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer at Hewlett Packard Laboratories. A keen observer of technological and societal inflections, Chandrakant has been a pioneer in the design of information technology infrastructures and in the application of information technology to drive energy management at the scale of cities. He has a proven track record of delivering innovations in servers and data centers – from conception and breakthrough technical contributions to business creation and commercialization.

In addition to his multi-disciplinary technical depth, Chandrakant has held a breadth of management and leadership roles, and has extensive experience in communicating with customers, investors, analysts and media. He recently managed HP Laboratories - HP’s central research division - where he led the delivery of innovations in storage, networking, print engines, and software platforms. Earlier, Chandrakant was amongst the first to foresee the need to reduce energy consumption in data centers. He subsequently founded the Smart Data Center research program at HP Laboratories. His mantra—“data center is the computer”—led to the design of an ‘operating system’ for IT infrastructures, and his vision—to reduce energy consumption through need-based dynamic provisioning of IT, power, cooling—has led to a rich portfolio of patents, publications, and products. Later, he charted new directions for the industry in the application of IT to manage Internet-connected physical systems (also known as “cyber physical systems”).

A strong advocate of fundamental training in science and engineering, Chandrakant has been an adjunct faculty member at Chabot College, the University of California (U.C.) Berkeley Extension, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State University. A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), he has been granted 135 patents and has authored more than 150 papers. He serves on the board of Mphasis Company in India, and on the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Industrial Advisory Board at U.C. Berkeley. Chandrakant holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University, and is registered as a professional mechanical engineer in the state of California. In 2014, Chandrakant was elected to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.

Research interests

Energy-efficient computing, thermal-management technologies. Patel founded HP Labs' thermal technology research program in the early 1990s. Energy management, cyber-physical systems, sustainability.

Publications

  • Chandrakant has published more than 150 papers.

Awards

Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame

The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Award recognizes engineers, technology leaders, and scientists within the Silicon Valley region who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area communities.

Joel S. Birnbaum Prize 2005

At HP, Patel was the recipient of 2005 Joel S. Birnbaum Prize for "visualizing and leading the creation of end-to-end solutions for managing the energy requirements for computation, thereby positioning HP as a leader in physical design of datacenters."

ASME Fellow

For outstanding engineering achievements.

IEEE Fellow

For leadership in thermal and energy management in data centers.

HP Senior Fellow

HP Fellows are pioneers in their fields, setting the standards for technical excellence and driving the direction of research in their respective disciplines.

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct faculty member (teaching computer-aided design), Chabot College (Hayward, Calif.)
  • Lecturer on thermal management at San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, University of California, Berkeley Extension

Patents

Chandrakant has been granted more than 135 U.S. Patents, several pending.