Russ Agrusa is the Founder, President and CEO of ICONICS, Inc. (www.iconics.com), a world-leading software developer of open-connectivity and standards-based visualization software, HMI/SCADA, and MES solutions for energy, manufacturing, industrial, and building automation. With more than 350,000 installations worldwide, ICONICS counts 70 percent of Global 500 companies as its customers.
Agrusa has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University. His career began in Pittsburgh, PA, at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he developed real-time software for fossil and nuclear power plants. He next joined the Foxboro Company in Massachusetts, leading human machine interface (HMI) product development for the Foxboro Intelligent Architecture series distributed control system, before starting ICONICS in 1986.
Wanting to take advantage of the emerging PC-based automation market, and to create off-the-shelf HMI and SCADA software for factory automation, Agrusa 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. ICONICS has greatly contributed to the success of the OPC Foundation (www.opcfoundation.org), with Agrusa himself serving as a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors, as well as its marketing chairman.
ICONICS, a five-time winner of the Microsoft Partner of the Year award, is an independent software solution provider of web-enabled IoT, OPC UA, and BACnet-certified HMI/SCADA visualization, analytics, and mobile software solutions.