Chandrakant Patel Named IEEE Fellow

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Chandrakant Patel, an HP Fellow at HP Labs and Director of the Sustainable IT Ecosystem Laboratory, has been chosen as an IEEE Fellow.

Patel was recognized “for leadership in thermal and energy management in data centers.”

His current research focuses on the creation of a sustainable IT ecosystem with the goal of driving the reduction of carbon emissions throughout the global economy. Patel initiated research in “smart” data centers, emphasizing that the “data center is the computer” and it requires a management system that enables dynamic provisioning of compute, power and cooling resources based on the need. The research resulted in a suite of products and services from HP.

Technical contributions and academic work

Patel has played a key role in establishing HP's leadership in energy-efficient computing by founding the HP Labs' thermal technology research program in the early 1990s, and subsequently the data-center architecture program. He foresaw the thermal-management challenges associated with high power density due to miniaturization in semiconductor technologies, and the need to manage energy as enterprise IT system resources became increasingly connected and shared.

Patel joined HP Labs in 1991, initially leading the cooling and packaging research of the Wide Word microprocessor. This research contributed to what later became Intel's Itanium processor, which represented the next generation of microprocessors.

In addition to his work at HP, Patel has taught computer-aided design as an adjunct faculty member at Chabot College in Hayward, California, undergraduate and graduate-level thermal management courses at University of California, Berkeley Extension, Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.

Awards and publications

Patel has authored many refereed journal and conference papers in the area of electronics cooling and has been granted more than 95 U.S. patents. He has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by the City College of San Francisco and by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at San Jose State University. He has also been profiled by ABC-KGO television in its Emmy Award winning series “Profiles of Excellence” for contributions to science, technology and education.

Patel is the 10th member of HP Labs to receive this honor. Other IEEE Fellows are listed at: