Adam Crain — Founder
Adam began his professional career in 2003 developing control system software for large telescope and instrumentation projects at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2005, he began working with a power systems integration firm and began learning the complexities of the electric power industry. From 2005 to 2012 he worked at several industry firms on applications including distribution automation, protocol stack implementation, load reduction, concentrated solar tracking, and microgrid control. In 2012, Adam founded Automatak which rebranded in 2018 to become Grid I/O.
Adam’s core interests include software security, vulnerability discovery, and the interplay between complexity and bugs. He works with vendors, utilities, standards bodies, and government organizations to improve software quality and advance emerging standards.
Advocacy with open source information
Adam spends a large amount of time maintaining and advancing open source projects specific to the power industry such as opendnp3 (link). The slow pace of innovation in the industry can be partially attributed to a lack of collaboration between vendors, utilities, and partners. Much of the lack of quality and overwrought complexity in standards can be attributed to the lack of reference implementations of those standards. The industry needs to evolve and adopt a more collaborative model for common plumbing such as protocol implementations. Adam has positioned Grid I/O to foster and support high-quality open source projects for the benefit of the industry.
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