Russ Agrusa – Mitsubishi Electric
Russ Agrusa is the founder, president and CEO of ICONICS, Inc., a world-leading software developer of open-connectivity and standards-based visualization software, HMI/SCADA and MES solutions for manufacturing and building automation. With more than 300,000 installations worldwide, ICONICS counts 70 percent of Fortune 1,000 companies as its customers.
Mr. Agrusa began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and next joined the Foxboro Company, leading the human machine interface (HMI) product development for the Foxboro Intelligent Architecture series distributed control system.
Mr. Agrusa started ICONICS in 1986 to take advantage of the emerging PC-based automation market. He recognized that OPC was central to the future of automation and led ICONICS to produce the first commercially available HMI/SCADA “OPC-to-the-Core” based product. He is a member of the OPC Foundation’s Board of Directors and holds a BS in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MS degree in computer science from Boston University.