GridPathway Founder Richard Skrinde began his Silicon Valley career assisting AT&T to commercialize UNIX as an entrepreneurial architect and open systems expert. The new hardware independence introduced by UNIX open-system microprocessor platforms disrupted the minicomputer industry by breaking the proprietary architecture chokeholds that had locked-in customers.
UNIX computing enabled the rise of software independence that began with architectural assistance rendered to the relational database industry. First, a new data independence disrupted proprietary data store vendors, enabling a new channel independence where additional strategic marketing assistance accelerated an indirect channel that allowed 3rd parties to drive new multi-billion-dollar revenue streams. Next, assistance was provided in the formation of an open integration council where the middleware industry was incubated to deliver process independence. A more targeted assistance helped HP invent low-code business process automation technology that has now matured into the robotic process automation industry.
Skrinde then applied techniques proven in the IT revolution to help drive an Operating Technology (OT) revolution by introducing industrial process control independence architecture. ROSS-I, the open industrial robotic movement, broke robotic arm proprietary architecture chokeholds, disrupting the industrial robotic industry.
Skrinde is now focused on building GridPathway to accelerate the OT revolution by delivering open edge integration independence. His first target is the last great proprietary architecture chokehold, the regulated electric power grid supply chain. Intellectual property development efforts resulted in the prosecution of several patents. Stakeholder cross cutting efforts have attracted a coalition of grid modernization stakeholders committed to driving the GridPathway mission forward.
The GridPathway Team
GridPathway has assembled an unparalleled team of experts from the utility industry as well as business and technology sectors to focus and structure this disruptive initiative for grid modernization.
Stan McClellan, PhD
co-Director, TXST Connected Infrastructure Initiative
co-Director, TXST Connected Infrastructure Initiative, Founder, CMG Consulting
Dr. John Sibley Butler
Professor, McCombs School of Business, UT Austin
Director, National Business Development, IBEW
Dr. Alex Q. Huang
Director, UT Austin SPEC Lab
Director, ICCS EPRI
Dr. Ram Adapa
Technical Executive, EPRI
Dr. Alan Mantooth
Executive Director, NSF GRAPES Lab
Director, Robotic Systems, SwRI
Director, Power Systems, SwRI
Principal, CMG Consulting
Grid Lead, Utilicast
Dr. Mark Sapia
Technologist, Power Systems, GE/Hitachi
Board Member, SwRI, Former CEO, CPS Energy
Director, TEMIX Digital Substation Edge Application
Dr. Kraig Olejniczak
Director of Engineering, CREE
Dr. Jorge Vanegas
Director Texas A&M Institute for Sustainable Communities