Dr. Gregory McRae
Gregory McRae is the Hoyt C. Hottel Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a consultant to numerous industries and government agencies on topics related to high performance computing, IT infrastructure, risk management and Green technology. Recently he acted an Executive Director and consultant to Morgan Stanley as a part of a team to develop of the firm’s next generation financial analysis systems that would facilitate the front-to-back execution of all Institutional Securities businesses.
He has considerable experience in matching business and science needs with IT capability, the evaluation of co-location and cloud computing options, data center performance metrics, engineering design of data centers and financial/project risk management.
- Member of a design team charged with the development of the next generation financial analysis
system for one of the largest banks in the US. This work achieved five key objectives: 1) consolidation of
existing IT assets, 2) implementation of a more efficient software architecture to support risk
management, 3) fault tolerant systems design the physical IT infrastructure, 4) design/selection of
modular approaches to datacenter deployment, and 5) energy minimization.
- Formulated a new set of datacenter performance metrics that relate the Total Cost of Ownership of IT
assets to the delivered business value. Part of this work involved a systematic re-evaluation of the
commonly used PUE metric and extended its definition to reflect dynamic changes in IT utilization,
meteorology conditions, virtualization and deployment of modular technology.
- Created a systematic framework for risk assessment of alternative IT infrastructure designs that accounts
for the reliability of individual components within the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP)
systems. This work has included evaluation of alternative cooling systems, electrical distribution
systems, modular deployment methods, alternative power sources and site risks.
- At MIT his research is focused on: risk management, high performance computing, energy/
environmental systems and the design of chemical processes that lead to improvements in both
environmental quality and economic returns. He created the first large-scale chemically reactive air
pollution model of the formation and transport of smog in cities like Los Angeles. The results of this
research led to major in changes in the US Clean Air Act. He has also pioneered the development of new
approaches that incorporate risks and uncertainties into the design of chemical processes that have
now been adopted by industry. All of this research has involved extensive use/evaluation/design of the
state-of-the-art IT technologies, algorithm development, visualization and dissemination of results to
industry, government and the academic communities.