This piece was originally published in the December 2017 issue of electroindustry.
Stephen G. “Steve” Rood, a recipient of a 2017 Kite & Key Award, is director of codes and standards for Legrand, North America and a guiding force in global standards development for NEMA.
In his work at LNA, a subsidiary of Legrand, Mr. Rood is accountable for strategic development, market implementation, and product coordination of relevant codes and standards pertaining to current and future marketplace demands for cable trays, wiring devices, and wire and cable management solutions.
Having worked in the electrical industry since 1987 in a wide spectrum of domestic and exporting businesses, Mr. Rood brings a background that encompasses electrical infrastructure, consumables, construction materials, systems solutions, and tools. This perspective allows him to bring a broad understanding to the strategic role of codes and standards as they relate to the various segments of the electrical industry.
He avidly promotes products and solutions that offer engineers, facilities, contractors, and distributors increased productivity, maximum installation safety, and opportunities to employ higher levels of energy management. NEMA has relied on this passion to shape strategies that meet current and future marketplace demands and ensure proper standards integration on a national and global level.
He is a voting representative of numerous NEMA sections and committees, including Codes & Standards, Codes & Standards Task Force on State Code Adoptions, Conduits Fittings Section, Electronics Labeling Task Force (chair), Enclosures Section, High Performance Buildings Council, Internet of Things Council, Lighting Systems Division, Lighting Controls Section (chair), Section Affairs Policy Committee (2LC chair), and the Standards & Conformity Assessment Policy Committee.
Certified as a construction documents technologist and a LEED Green Associate, Mr. Rood has been involved in the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Management Council, IEC TAG committees, Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations in the Americas (CANENA), the NFPA ASHRAE/NEMA SPC 201P Facility Smart Grid Information Model, and several other organizations.
A regular contributor to electroindustry magazine, Mr. Rood also has written for Electrical Contractor Magazine, tED, and EC&M. An engineer with a master’s degree in marketing and finance, Mr. Rood is an adjunct professor at Bryant & Stratton College.
About the Kite & Key Award
The Kite & Key Award is named after an experiment on the nature of electricity that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. This annual award recognizes individuals whose exceptional work in codes and standards has advanced the interests of the electroindustry. To be eligible, a nominee must have a history of active participation in NEMA and in the industry.