CENTER FOR ENERGY-SMART ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS (ES2)

ES2

The Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2) is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) established to develop methodologies, tools and systems that will maximize energy efficiency for the operation of electronic systems, including data centers, "from the chip to the cooling tower."

These efficiencies will be achieved through allocation and distribution of IT load, integration of controlled on-demand cooling and elimination of energy waste and inefficiencies.

This holistic approach to the development and design of energy-smart electronic systems could translate into millions of dollars in savings and a “greener” industry.

ES2 AT A GLANCE

3

Faculty Researchers

6

STUDENT RESEARCHERS

$208,000

Total active annual grant funding

4

Number of current research projects

4

University partners
(Binghamton University—lead;
Georgia Institute of Technology — affiliate;
University of Texas, Arlington;
Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, India)

OUR RESEARCH

Each year, ES2 university partners select from project proposals submitted by industry members. Priority is given to projects that will further the objectives of ES2 and its industrial advisory board member companies.

Villanova University projects reflect our researchers’ areas of expertise, including:

  • Thermal management
  • Electronics cooling
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Convective heat transfer
  • Sustainable energy technology
  • Multiscale systems
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Modeling

The following projects are led by Villanova University researchers.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Thermodynamic Tools for Holistic Analysis and Optimization of Energy Efficient Data Centers

Waste Heat Recovery and Reuse from Datacenters

Models and Metrics for Dynamic Air and Hybrid Liquid Cooled Data Centers Based on Computational and Experimental Approaches

 

A complete list of ES2 projects can be found here.

 

FACILITIES


 

Director
Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

ES2 RESEARCHERS

Dr. Aaron Wemhoff

Dr. Aaron Wemhoff
ES2 Site Director

Dr. Wemhoff is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Methods for Systems Analysis Laboratory. He performs research in energy sustainability and teaches courses in the areas of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. Prior to joining Villanova University, he spent three years as a staff engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Dr. Gerard F. “Jerry” Jones

Dr. Gerard F. “Jerry” Jones

Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Jones is the College’s senior associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research. He also directs the Thermal and Flow Management of Multiscale Systems Laboratory and has taught in the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, analysis and design, and gravity-driven water networks.

Dr. Alfonso Ortega

Dr. Alfonso Ortega
ES2 Associate Director

Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Ortega is the Birle Endowed Chair in Energy Systems and the founding Villanova ES2 site director. He is internationally recognized for his work in data center energy and thermal management, electronics cooling, convective heat and mass transfer, experimental methods in thermal sciences and energy technology.