The First Graduate Degree for Datacenter Systems Engineering Program is at SMU

I have an engineering degree, and most of my data center friends have engineering degrees too.  But, no one has a degree in datacenter engineering.  SMU announced the first Datacenter Systems Engineering graduate degree.

SMU’s Master of Science in Datacenter Systems engineering is built around five core courses that address the industry broadly, while offering elective specializations in three technical areas:

  • Facilities, infrastructure and subsystems
  • Datasystems engineering and analytics
  • Computer networks, virtualization, security and cloud computing

”SMU’s Master of Science in Datacenter Systems Engineering program addresses a long unfulfilled need in the datacenter industry,” said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters. “Its comprehensive, cross-disciplinary curriculum provides the breadth of knowledge professionals need for success in this complex industry with numerous interdependencies.”

The SMU Datacenter Systems Engineering program is directed toward preparing professionals for a leadership role in this field, whether specifically as a technical contributor or more broadly in management. The program is designed to build a solid foundation for continued professional growth consistent with modern datacenter engineering practices and the changes that lie ahead for this industry.

SMU has a unique opportunity to play a significant role in educating engineering professionals in this field both locally on-campus and nationally via distance education. Approximately 50 datacenters exist within the greater Dallas area.  

There are some so called data center experts out there with no engineering degree so they can’t get their graduate degree in datacenter systems engineering.

In addition to meeting Lyle School admission requirements for a Master of Science degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in one of the engineering disciplines, computer science, one of the quantitative sciences or mathematics.
  • A minimum of two years of college-level mathematics including one year of college-level calculus.

Part of what is needed in the data center industry is a pool of knowledge and SMU will enable a place to go to look for datacenter knowledge.

Key factors which determine successful competition in today's global environment are: timely and rapid response to customer needs, high product quality, and flexibility of operation. To achieve these objectives, the common element is an effective and knowledgeable organization oriented towed customer needs and requirements.

 We should all buy Chris Crosby a beer to show our appreciation to start something that hopefully will grow over time.