Ken O'Malley


Co-founder of aeSolutions, Ken is currently serving as the company’s Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology. Ken is a registered professional engineer with almost 30 years of experience working on large capital projects with major industrial manufacturing companies in a diverse range of market sectors. He has in-depth experience as a lead engineer executing SIS and automation lifecycle projects from conceptual and preliminary development to detailed design and construction/commissioning activities. Ken has participated in the development of numerous PLC-based products for fire and gas and burner management system applications, and several of these products are now available with FM approval. In his current role, Ken leads the company’s pursuit of operational excellence through a strong focus on culture, core values, and individual accountability. He is the creator of the company’s industry leading “Calibrate Your Career” competency management program. Ken drives the company to continually improve through innovative technology, valuably-automated processes and, most importantly for lasting change, an emphasis on people and culture. Ken is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE). Ken has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in Alabama. Ken’s hobbies include running and trail running, deer hunting, back packing, and motorcycles.

Posts by Ken O'Malley:

December 29, 2017

System Integrators Upgrading Skills to Meet Changing Needs

By Jeanne Schweder, Writer | Ken O’Malley, aeSolutions Contributor | Published: December 29, 2017 As automation projects become increasingly complex, integrators are taking different approaches to help manufacturers navigate the terrain. They can help bridge technology and talent gaps. Moving from islands of automation to increasingly connected systems, automation projects have become more complex, with a broader scope […]

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February 21, 2014

Eliminating black boxes in safety applications

Published in January/February 2014 Issue of InTech Magazine  |  Posted September, 2014 on ISA Interchange In the past, many safety controllers were typically procured and supplied as mysterious black boxes with few or no links to other safety and automation systems, the antithesis of an open system. Instead of a black box, process automation professionals […]

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White Papers by Ken O'Malley:

A Database Approach to the Safety Lifecycle

Using a systematic database approach to design, develop, and test a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) using methodologies in compliance with ANSI/ISA S84.01 requirements can result in improved quality of design deliverables and system configuration while reducing implementation effort.

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Identifying Required Safety Instrumented Functions for Life Safety

Systems in the High-Tech and Semiconductor Manufacturing Industries A discussion of issues and challenges encountered when attempting to apply Safety Lifecycle concepts per ANSI / ISA S84.01 to the design of a Life Safety System at a state-of-the-art fiberoptic manufacturing facility. Focus on industry-specific issues associated with the use of mitigation versus prevention techniques (typically encountered in the process industry).

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