Vali Sorell

Principal Hardware Engineer - Datacenter Integration Services, Microsoft

Vali has more than 35 years of HVAC Engineering experience, more than 20 of which have been committed exclusively to the design, commissioning, and controls of mission critical facilities. He has been responsible for developing concepts and innovations on a wide range of data center projects across multiple market sectors, including software development, financial services, utilities, insurance, energy research, healthcare, and colocation facilities. He has authored many technical papers on best practices in mission critical design, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences such as ASHRAE, 7×24 Exchange, DataCenterDynamics, Critical Facilities Summit, and AFCOM. He is an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer, and he is a developer and instructor for the DCEP program by DoE and LBNL.

Over many years, Vali has researched, authored papers, performed studies, and consulted with multiple industry end-users and vendors interested in transitioning to liquid cooled IT technologies.

Vali is a voting member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 – Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces, and Electronic Equipment; a voting member and Vice Chair of ASHRAE SSPC 90.4 – Energy Standard for Data Centers and Telecommunications Buildings; and is President of the 7×24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter.

Vali has a B.Sc. degree in genetics from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in New York, NY

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