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Dave Shook

( Dave Shook )

Originally an advanced control engineer, I have been doing technology development for industrial data analysis for over 20 years, from the instrument up to the cloud


BSc (1985) and PhD (1991) in Chemical Engineering. Started my career in polyethylene and petrochemicals manufacturing (7 years), then moved into consulting and technology development. I have had several careers. I was at Matrikon Inc. from 2000 to 2008 (CTO for 4 years), taught at University of Alberta for 3 years, worked at a consulting firm that morphed into an oil company startup, then in 2013 started my own consulting company that spun off ShookIOT, an industrial IoT software company, which was in turn acquired by Uptake Technologies in February 2021.

I have been doing solution architecture and software product design for industrial data analysis since 1999. Since 2017 I have been working closely with Microsoft, figuring out how to minimize the cost and time to deliver - and sustain - industrial analytics - largely using Azure PaaS components, and our own IP where necessary.  

My major interests are really centered around industrial data analytics. Paradoxically, the advanced math is the easy part. While my original background was advanced statistics and optimization, the hard part is the acquisition of industrial Operational Technology data, organizing that data to be able to analyze it, and then presenting it in a way that it can be used by the organization.