Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy
Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer in Control Systems Engineering, and holds a patent for catalytic reformer control. He began his career as an advanced control specialist for Shell Development. In 1973, he joined Taylor Instruments and installed many different systems in refining, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, and semiconductor plants. In 1980, along with R. A. Sara, Dr. Kennedy started Oil Systems as an advanced control company. He built the first PI System (PI stands for Plant Information) in 1983, and in 1992, Oil Systems (later OSI Software, then OSIsoft) began construction of a new client/server system based on Microsoft Technology. Dr. Kennedy received the Pioneer Award from the TAPPI Process Control, Electrical, and Information Division in March 2002. Start Magazine awarded him the Visionary Award in 2002, and other leading industry associations recognize his accomplishments in the use of information technology to solve real world problems.
Hans Meder has been the President of OSIsoft’s European Partner Company—OSI Software GmbH —since 1988. Prior to that, he worked for Samson, Taylor, and Measurex. He has spent the last 17 years working to better support the growing international clientele in Europe.