Introducing The World’s First Master Of Science In Datacenter Systems Engineering

The program developed by digital infrastructure leaders that prepares professionals to be the industry leaders of tomorrow

When it comes to the technology that supports the Internet and global connectivity, there are always two things we can count on: that the needs and demands of both providers and users will constantly be in flux, and that supplying the appropriate support requires both knowledge and action from a lot of different sectors.

As a multidimensional field with complex, multidisciplinary considerations, datacenter infrastructure requires increasingly versatile and agile engineers to keep current technology up and running while simultaneously creating inventive ideas to help adapt systems for the technology of the future. While many of today’s industry leaders learned this trade on the job through trial and error, these same leaders have banded together to create a program to help other professionals and qualified engineers learn from their expert experience and enter the field with confidence.

The M.S. in Datacenter Systems Engineering at Southern Methodist University’s Lyle School of Engineering located in Dallas, TX is the first program designed to create leaders in the critical field of digital infrastructure. Developed with significant input from existing industry leaders and guided by an advisory board of executives from industry-leading corporations, this program approaches digital infrastructure with both depth and breadth of knowledge and lived experience by incorporating courses from five different engineering departments. These engineering subdisciplines include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, operations research and engineering management, and civil and environmental engineering. This 10-course program can be completed either on campus or 100 percent remote and offers students the opportunity to gain skills and working knowledge of crucial digital infrastructure situations like:

  • managing data and extracting useful information
  • computer networking
  • digitalization and virtualization
  • enhancing facility and data security
  • designing and maintaining datacenter and mission-critical subsystems.
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Klyne Smith, Program Director, M.S. in Datacenter Systems Engineering, and Christian Belady, Advisory Board Member, M.S. in Datacenter Systems Engineering, and Vice President, Microsoft Corporation


Klyne Smith

Klyne Smith Clinical Professor of Computer Science at SMU’s Lyle School has more than 30 years of IT and telecommunication technical experience in project management, complex solution delivery, business development, consulting, and operations. Across five continents and 20 countries, he has managed end-to-end solutions across IT, transportation, sports, retail, utilities, finance, entertainment, academia, medical, and telecommunication fields. Prior to moving to full-time teaching, Smith worked for IBM, Masergy Communications, Caesars Entertainment, Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, and Ericsson.

Christian Belady

Christian Belady is a seasoned veteran in managing data center and infrastructure development at global scale. Currently, he is an advisor/board member of several companies in the infrastructure space. Prior to this, Belady served as Vice President and Distinguished Engineer of Datacenter R&D for Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure Organization, where he developed one of the largest data center footprints in the world. Before that, he was responsible for driving the strategy and delivery of server and facility development for Microsoft’s data center portfolio worldwide.

With over 150 patents, Belady is a driving force behind innovative thinking and quantitative benchmarking in the field. He is an originator of the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric, was a key player in the development of the iMasons’ Climate Accord (ICA), and has worked closely with government agencies to define efficiency metrics for data centers and servers. Over the years, he has received many awards, most recently the NVTC Datacenter Icon award, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.