Erik Riedel, PhD (he/him) works on data center sustainability & open hardware as Chief Engineering Officer for Flax Computing, working to reduce the carbon footprint of data centers worldwide. He previously led engineering for ITRenew’s circular data center initiatives, including the Sesame product line (acquired by Iron Mountain). Erik has over 20 years experience designing & building scale-out computing technology and teams. Erik has built and led teams that created several market-leading, hyper-scale, clustered storage and compute platforms at EMC and then Dell. Before that, he innovated & incubated with teams at Seagate Research and Hewlett-Packard Labs. Erik holds Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and Computer Science degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.