Peter M. Curtis

About Peter M. Curtis

Peter Curtis is a mission critical visionary, thought leader, innovator, and educator.  He was destined to be an innovator and lead mission critical automation endeavors. Peter was motivated from events beginning at an early age, such as being born with low vision, providing care for his brother with Muscular Dystrophy, and being involved in the September 11, 2001, WTC Tower tragedy.  His path and vision were clear because of these profound events. 

How Peter got involved with mission critical operations 

To be most impactful, he founded PMC Group I, an Engineering, Research, Technology, Education, Energy and Analytics Company in 1998.  Since this time, Peter has been at the forefront of developing new technology innovations that have influenced  the industry with platforms, such as Mission Critical Access, GreenBUS, and SmartWALK®, along with the development of an educational content & learning management system (LMS), all to reduce human error, improve energy efficiency & security and operational automation for the digital society and also to address the near term challenges to capture the knowledge of retiring mission critical professionals and transition to new mission critical talent.  The third  edition of his book, “Maintaining Mission Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment,” is available for purchase on Amazon and Wiley. 

He graduated from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electro-Mechanical Computer Technology, then he received his Master of Science Degree in Energy Management from NYIT in 1994. Peter has decades of experience working in the Mission Critical Engineering industry in the areas of Banking & Finance, Defense, Electric & Water Utilities, Transportation, Energy Management, Data Centers, Product & Technology Development and Education. 

Peter served as Vice President of Critical Systems for Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank in addition to having held senior engineering positions with the Securities Industry Automation Company (SIAC), Sperry Corporation and the Suffolk County Water Authority.  Peter was responsible for critical systems design, construction, operations and energy supply. He has received several awards for his service, most recently the award of “Outstanding Contribution to the Mission Critical Industry” from Datacenter Dynamics as well as the “Learn, Lead, and Influence” from the Association of Facilities Engineers.

Participating in Industry Forums

Peter is passionate about contributing to the mission critical arena, connecting with peers and staying ahead of the curve on new technology and trends.  He has participated in many industry conferences and events over the years that brings together top minds, to share experiences, and to educate each other.  Being a speaker or contributing to a panel always gets Peter’s energy bubbling, as he is always excited to discuss anything mission critical and to contribute to or share experiences to enrich dialogue and especially encourage, drive, and motivate new mission critical team members. Various industry conferences and events have been a highly effective way to learn, share and educate, and he remains committed to participate and contribute to such events globally in the future.

A keynote speaker for numerous semi-annual conferences, Peter is a member of the following organizations:

Commitment to Education & Developing New Mission Critical Leaders

During his career, Peter has been an avid mission critical educator and his contribution has included serving as professor for multiple universities. One of his greatest passions has been with developing an innovative industry leading mentorship program, cultivating key industry talent that includes mentoring well over 500 interns over the years. Likewise, he created one of the most comprehensive Mission Critical Learning Management Systems, containing current industry content for on-going learning and professional self-improvement. In addition, he has written multiple books that have served as the industry standard globally reaching tens of thousands industry professionals and students.

In partnership with DatacenterDynamics, a leading content provider to the data center market, Peter is a cofounder of DCProfessional Development, an unmatched global training and certification services company, which merged his 16 online courses and its intellectual property and training pedigree.

Peter developed the SmartSOLUTIONS™ software platforms, including SmartWALK®, SmartTEAM™ and SmartVUE™, that have been developed to ensure the effective transfer of knowledge, corporate culture, and standardization to those tasked with the duty to make certain that mission critical systems stay up and running under any circumstances and are operationally efficient, while conserving energy resources.  Additionally, Peter is the author of “Maintaining Mission Critical systems in a 24/7 Environment”.  This book is an education tool used to teach students at leading universities, including MIT, Northwestern University, Southern Methodist University, NYU, NYIT, Marist, Unions and other various institutions at the forefront of training the next generation of mission critical engineers for the 21st century.

Since 1994, Peter has been an associate professor at NYU, Marist College, and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He is a member of the NYIT President’s Advisory Board and NYIT Engineering Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) Advisory Board, focusing on hands-on research and product execution for the Smart Grid and Cyber Security Industries.  As the author of five books and numerous articles and white papers on mission critical facilities operations, Peter also serves as an educational advisor for AFE.

An Insider’s Guide to the Mission Critical Industry

In his book, “Maintaining Mission Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment,” Peter M. Curtis leverages his leading-edge knowledge to provide an all-inclusive reference and training guide.