The international data centre industry association, the Data Centre Alliance (DCA) has appointed Stephen Dennis as Head of Skills Development. The DCA was born from strong collaboration between academia and business enterprise, the purpose of which is to deliver beneficial partnerships between the data centre industry’s employers and the engineers, managers and technicians of the future. Working in conjunction with universities and academia across Europe and beyond, Stephen Dennis will be building a picture of the skills and expertise needed for data centres that can support the digital services of tomorrow.
Simon Campbell-Whyte the DCA’s technical director commented, Stephen’s vast experience and specific knowledge of the data centre sector will assist the DCA in establishing an entry point for young people to data centre industry and the exciting career paths it is and will provide. “
Professor Harvey Thompson of the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds commented “We have made much progress over the past year working with the DCA, this was demonstrated recently at the DCA Conference by the presentations delivered by undergraduates on complex data centre issues which were well received by an informed audience, this would have been unheard of a year ago and Stephen’s involvement will be invaluable in driving this forward and widening the participation.”
Stephen Dennis said “I’m looking forward to assisting the DCA’s mission in establishing the key criteria for the skills sustainability the industry requires to ensure its future competitiveness, health and growth. I’m also relishing the opportunity of working with academia, policy makers and the wide a varied DCA membership in achieving this goal”