Tim Dueck

Director of Mission Critical Operations




(612) 836-8456
Mr. Dueck is a 35+ year veteran of the data center industry. In the 1980s he turned his electrical contracting business into a key installation and support resource for IBM mainframe and mini-computer installations.
Mr. Dueck pioneered the use of the new IBM XT personal computers as terminals requiring extensive keyboard mapping to ensure compatibility with existing IBM System 36 software. He was instrumental in deploying the computer systems for the first HMO in the nation in 1985. In the 1990s Mr. Dueck was the engineering lead and project manager for several major data center initiatives for Dow Chemical, General Motors, State Farm Insurance and E*Trade. In 1995-1996 he was the lead engineer for the first Tier IV data centers deployed in the world. He was the lead architect for General Motors’ Critical Facility Standards Manual which was the first application of Tier Level definitions for data centers. He became a partner at Ellerbe Becket in the late 90s and built the data center practice into a worldwide leader by 2002 performing design, commissioning and construction services on over $500 million in construction value annually. Since then he has become a valued subject matter expert and consultant, playing a lead role on over $8 billion in data center capital investments. His international expertise spans three continents, with completed projects in Asia, North America and South America. He was the lead architect for a 75MW cloud computing campus in Beijing for Chinese Internet social media company Baidu, supporting over a million servers in the growing Asian market.
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As a thought leader, Mr. Dueck has played a leading role in many industry standards organizations. He was a key contributor to the TIA-942 Standard for Telecommunications in Data Centers. He was also contributing editor on the BICSI DC002 Design and Best Practices Guideline for Data Centers. Both of these standards became ANSI certified. He was also a board member of the Green Grid and was Chairman of the Metrics and Measurements Work Group, the same group that produced PUE as a key efficiency metric for data centers. He holds certifications from the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience, (Certified Data Center Professional), and the Department of Energy (Data Center Energy Practitioner) and is a licensed Master Electrician in four states. He has been a regular speaker and contributor to Data Center Dynamics, AFCOM and the 7x24Exchange.

Mr. Dueck recently led the data center division for one of the largest national electrical contractors, Cupertino Electric, with over $300M in electrical infrastructure revenue annually and 1,500 electricians operating in 7 states.

Mr. Dueck resides with his wife, 10 children and 11 grandchildren in the Twin Cities suburb of Robbinsdale, Minnesota where they have been active in the community for over 40 years.