Thomas Burke
President & Executive Director
OPC Foundation

Thomas J. Burke is the OPC Foundation President & Executive Director. Mr. 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. OPC UA is all about collaboration with many standards organizations modeling their information to provide true information integration interoperability across many vertical and horizontal domains. OPC UA has gained widespread international adoption and recognition and is provided the complete infrastructure solution for Industrie 4.0.

The OPC community has over 4200 companies that are actively developing OPC products in the spirit of complete interoperability.