In 1989, author Alvin Toffler pointed out that we are now in the third wave of society—the Information Age. The Information Age is on the crux of reaching full potential. Perhaps it's best illustrated when we experience a disruption in our information flow, from local loss of internet access to widespread power outages. The fact is, society can no longer work without information flow. Information flow is as fundamental to a functioning society as energy flow. Pat will share his thoughts on the parallels of information and energy flow and why reliable infrastructure for both is a fundamental requirement of society.
Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy
Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy is the CEO and majority owner of OSIsoft. Under Dr. Kennedy's visionary leadership, the company has grown from a small software startup in 1980 to a highly profitable global corporation. Prior to founding the company, Dr. Kennedy worked as a research engineer for Shell Development Company and as an applications consultant for Taylor Instrument Company.
Dr. Kennedy attended the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. A registered professional engineer in control systems engineering, he holds a patent on a catalytic reformer control system. He co-authored a chapter of the book "Planning, Scheduling and Control Integration in the Process Industries," C. Edward Bodington, ed. (McGraw-Hill Co., 1995), and is the author of numerous papers.