Thomas J. Burke is the OPC Foundation Strategic Marketing Officer, and was formerly the OPC Foundation President and Executive Director for over 20 years. Thomas Burke has a bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics from John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio), and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio). Mr. Burke has spent the majority of his career developing hardware, software and firmware for industrial automation, spending most of his career at Rockwell Automation. Mr. Burke is the founding father of the OPC Foundation (started in 1995). He has spearheaded the vision of OPC and has pioneered OPC UA as the foundation and solution for multivendor multiplatform secure reliable information integration interoperability from the embedded world to the enterprise.