May 2009

Daryl Armentrout wins 2008 TVA Engineer of the Year Award

In addition to his other responsibilities, Daryl Armentrout serves as a mentor to the young engineers and technicians in his group to encourage their technical and professional development. In Knoxville’s Greenway Drive lab, Brandi Ruth checks water samples from TVA’s upper tributary reservoirs. She is one of TVA’s new college recruit civil/environmental engineers. Ruth interned with TVA as she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil/environmental engineering.

Professional Engineer Daryl Armentrout began his TVA career more than 40 years ago, in June 1968. He had just finished his master’s degree in civil engineering at Virginia Tech, and his office was on the fourth floor of the Union Building in Knoxville.

“I hired into TVA as a structural steel design engineer,” he remembers. “My first assignment was to design the end-wall columns for the turbine building at Cumberland Fossil Plant.”

In the second leg of his TVA career, Armentrout moved from engineering design and construction to nuclear quality assurance and also earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1981. He is a proud member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and a Fellow in the American Society Civil Engineers.

Now in the third leg of his career, Armentrout is a senior specialist in Environmental Resources & Services, directing a staff of 30 engineers and technicians committed to reducing TVA’s environmental footprint. In recent months, that mission has included extensive monitoring, evaluation and testing at the Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

“We have folks there who are working every day and have been there since the beginning, on Dec. 22, 2008,” says Armentrout. Over the years, he has led successful projects with the University of Tennessee, the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation.

So it was no surprise that Armentrout was named as the 2008 Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year, in recognition of his “technical prowess and broad understanding of civil and environmental engineering.” As a top-10 finalist for the Federal Engineer of the Year Award, he traveled to the award ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “It was quite an experience to be on the same stage with those folks from across the U.S. government,” he says.

Along with his TVA work, for the past couple of years, Armentrout has been teaching Professional Development I and II to undergraduates at the University of Tennessee College of Engineering. He also teaches small-group Bible studies at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, where he is an elder, and he and his wife enjoy hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and visiting their two grandchildren.

“I really stand in the shadow of many, many outstanding engineers at TVA over the years,” says Armentrout.