Patrick Curran is Chair of the JCP. In this role he oversees the activities of the JCP PMO, including driving the process, managing its membership, guiding Spec Leads and Experts through the process, leading the Executive Committee meetings, and managing the JPC.org web site. Patrick has a unique background for this role. After earning his BSc in Sociology from Kingston Polytechnic, Patrick followed up immediately with an MA in Political Science and completed research for a PhD in Economic History, both from University of Leeds.
Patrick has worked in the software industry for more than 25 years and at Sun (now Oracle) for 20 years. He has a long-standing record in conformance testing, and most recently led the Java Conformance Engineering team in Sun's Client Software Group. He was also Chair of Sun's Conformance Council, responsible for defining Sun's policies and strategies around Java conformance and compatibility. He has participated actively in several consortia and communities including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (member of the W3C Quality Assurance Working Group, co-Chair of the W3C Quality Assurance Interest Group), and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) (co-Chair of the OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines Technical Committee).
Lately, Patrick's focus has been on making changes to the JCP organization. With the Executive Committee acting as Expert Group, Patrick has been Spec Lead for JSR 348, Towards a new version of the Java Community Process (JCP.next.1, completed in just five months); JSR 355, JCP Executive Committee Merge (JCP.next.2); and JSR 358, A major revision of the Java Community Process (JCP.next.3). He also inherited the role of Maintenance Lead for JSR 171, JCP version 2.5; JSR 215, JCP version 2.6; and JSR 913, JCP 2.0 (revision of voting rules).
The JCP community has appreciated Patrick, naming him JCP Participant of the Year for 2008 and nominating him for the same award the following year. In 2011, the Executive Committee granted Patrick an unprecedented honorary JCP Leadership Award, saying, "Patrick has driven us as a body and Oracle's management into action. He has addressed those things that we raised as issues and to the best of his abilities brought resolution to some very difficult items. Patrick has been an agent for positive change in the JCP."Patrick blogs from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.