Russell Smith
Principal Data Scientist
Edison Energy
2 years of service
Russell Smith
Principal Data Scientist
Edison Energy
2 years of service

Russell is responsible for developing new models and software components that directly serve Managed Portfolio Solutions (MaPS) client needs and allow the Digital Platform to continue providing actionable insight on challenging questions. He also mentors junior team members, advising on a multitude of different client engagements and software architecture tasks, and works with other principal team members to develop future road map plans.

Over the last two years, Russell has achieved several outstanding goals. He has been the main point of contact for Edison Energy’s first major MaPS client for almost the duration of their contract. He has been the liaison between Client Services and the Digital Platform, which requires development of completely new features on request, answering difficult questions, creatively designing new ways to convey and display data and ideas and fixing problems in all areas of the Digital Platform. Without Russell’s ingenuity, tenacity and communication skills through a challenging first major client, Edison Energy would have been unable to provide the value and expertise that it has. He was also a leading driver in last year’s release of the Digital Platform. He would consistently be one of the first to arrive and last to leave and possessed the depth of understanding and insight to decide when something was right or wrong on matters as wide ranging as statistics, architecture, hardware and energy. Russell never stopped leading by example, maintaining a positive and helpful attitude — keeping the focus on the team and the goal, and not himself. 

Russell has garnered a reputation as one of the most insightful and helpful people on our team. He can usually be found tackling any question from the most detailed software minutia to big picture questions about the team’s future. He has a unique talent to listen, say “I’m not completely sure,” and then attack the question from all angles, creating a multitude of possible solutions in the process, and helping lead the group to the most optimal of those solutions. Russell’s impact on the team and Edison Energy moving forward is hard to overstate.