Steve Russell has been the Manager of Distribution Grid Operations for Duke Energy’s North Carolina service area and business Distribution Management System project manager. During his 27 year career with Duke Energy, Steve has worked in a wide variety of leadership roles; including engineering, operations and construction, finance, forecasting, scheduling, outage management and dispatching operations, metering, and corporate compliance and ethics. Steve also served as assistant to two of Duke Power’s presidents where he managed the office of the president and worked on a wide variety of special projects both internal and external to Duke Energy. Steve’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Elon University. With the close of the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy, Steve is moving to Grid Modernization to focus on Distribution Management System development and deployment.