Public policies, such as greenhouse gas accounting and renewable portfolio standards, are changing the industrial and consumer energy landscape. Manufacturers have valuable untapped generation and storage capacity that can help achieve the public goals of wise energy use. Leveraging these resources will require a holistic approach to the entire energy value chain. Dr. Kennedy will explore the cooperation required between utilities, manufacturers and consumers and the important roles of smart grids, micro-grids and the real-time data infrastructure.
Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy
Under Dr. Kennedy's visionary leadership, OSIsoft has grown from a small software startup in 1980 to a highly profitable multimillion dollar per year 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 has co-authored two books, “In Pursuit of the Perfect Plant,” (Evolved Technologist., 2008), 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.