Dirk Mahling, Ph.D., is the Chief Information Officer at Seattle City Light. Dr. Mahling is a technology executive in the utility industry with a strategic management consulting background (ATKearney), CTO for start-ups (WebGen, C-Power, UISOL), and over 20 years of experience. He has guided energy management products (IUE, DR) from creation to installation to operation and every step in between. At Seattle City Light, Dirk is currently engaged in architectures for IT/OT convergence, renewable energies, customer system implementations and cyber security/compliance. He is a recipient of the Frost and Sullivan Customer Service Award, as well as a BuilConn winner for Best New Product. He is a board member of the Energy Technology Institute at the University of New Mexico and the board of Fraunhofer CSE, the world’s largest contract research company. In addition, Dirk has been published in over 20 books and journals related to the energy field. Dirk received his Ph.D., in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts and executive MBA from Boston University.