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Industry, government and agencies recognize that with the rapid acceleration of technology, there is an increased need for young engineers who possess an understanding at the system-level for complex data center processing operations. The Wm Michael Barnes ’64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has developed a high-quality education program for a new generation of engineers who are prepared to deal with the specific needs and challenges, and the complex environments of modern data centers in the government, industry and academia.

The Data Center Operations Engineering Certificate provides an integrated education preparing a new workforce for the specific challenges involved in planning and decision-making for running the operations, designing the infrastructure, and managing the resources in large-scale data centers. The technical focus of this certificate revolves around the development of the critical skills needed by employees of data centers, including a theoretical and practical foundation in the critical top areas of power, cooling, effective systems management, and computer systems. This certificate program, which began in fall 2014, includes a set of courses to assure that students develop this knowledge and skills set.

The 13-semester credit hour certificate program is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will know and apply principles of engineering management,
  • Students will understand principles of systems level engineering and their application to specific data center system operations, and
  • Students will be able to go beyond understanding concepts and demonstrate appropriate usage of systems engineering principles in a design context.

Course Requirement Summary

Students must complete the following course:

Credit Course
3 ISEN 440 Systems Thinking

Students will complete one of the following courses:

Credit Course
4 CSCE 110 Programming I
4 CSCE 111 Introduction to Computer Science Concepts and Programming
4 CSCE 206 Structured Programming in C

Students will complete two of the following courses:

Credit Course
3 CSCE 444 Structures of Interactive Information
3 CSCE 470 Information Storage and Retrieval
3 CSCE 438 Digital Objects Programming
3 ECEN 455 Digital Communications
3 MEEN 461 Heat Transfers
3 MEEN 421 Thermal-Fluids Analysis and Design
3 MEEN 436 Principles of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
3 ISEN 350 Quality Engineering
3 ISEN 413 Advanced Data Analytics for Industry
3 ISEN 340 Operations Research II
3 ISEN 442 Organizational Systems
3 ISEN 414 Total Quality Engineering

For more information

Please contact the Wm Michael Barnes '64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering advising office at