Penton’s AFCOM Recognizes Mike Cunningham of The University of Texas at Austin as the 2015 Data Center Manager of the Year

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Award Presented at Data Center World Global in Las Vegas

I would like to thank AFCOM for presenting this award and their commitment to the Data Center and IT industry

Penton’s AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, today announced Mike Cunningham of the University of Texas at Austin as the winner of the 2015 “Data Center Manager of the Year” award. The program recognizes outstanding leadership and excellence in the field of data center and facilities management based on tenure of excellence, history of innovation, superior customer service, creating a positive team environment and overall service to the data center community.

This year’s finalists, nominated by industry peers, included Bryon Miller, Senior Vice President of Operations for Fortrust and Brian D. Smith, Director - Critical Facilities at Cerner Corp.

“It is extraordinarily gratifying to receive recognition from your peers,” said Mike Cunningham. “I would like to thank AFCOM for presenting this award and their commitment to the Data Center and IT industry. I think it’s important to understand that success is the result of collaboration and, without question, this recognition is shared with my incredible team at the University of Texas.”

AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year Award
The recipient of this year’s award, Mike Cunningham, is the director of University Data Centers at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to providing day-to-day leadership for the University Data Centers, Mike’s responsibilities include strategy, design, and engineering for data centers and infrastructure, and the coordination of the IT Service Organization’s business continuity program. Prior to joining the University of Texas, Mike spent 10 Years at Dell Inc. as Director of Global Facilities Development and Sr. Engineering Manager in the World Wide Process Technology Group. He was instrumental in expanding the Office, Manufacturing and Data Center portfolio across several continents. Prior to joining Dell, Mike spent 18 years with IBM Corp. in various management roles in facilities and manufacturing engineering in the Personal Computer Division.

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AFCOM ( is the leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center and facilities management professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 members and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conference, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

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