Roger Duncan is a research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. Roger is also the former general manager of Austin Energy, the municipal utility for Austin, Texas. It is the 9th largest public power utility and has been recognized as a leader in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart grid activities. Prior to that position, Roger served in various executive roles for Austin Energy and the City of Austin, with management over government relations, water and air quality, sustainability and various environmental initiatives. Roger was elected twice to the Austin City Council from 1981 to 1985. Roger serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, and is President of the Pecan Street Project, an Austin smart grid initiative. Roger also serves on the Electric Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy. In 2005, Business Week magazine recognized Roger as one of the top 20 carbon reducers in the world. Roger has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in philosophy.