CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Jeffery Phillips, a senior design engineer for the power transmission system, was honored as the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year during the TVA board of directors meeting on Thursday.
A TVA employee since 2001, Phillips has been a lead engineer for new delivery points, power line uprates, modifications for highway improvements and storm restoration projects. Over the past three years, he has engineered 28 projects worth $39 million and covering 170 miles of line design.
“Jeff has experienced a variety of design challenges that have been overcome by his innovative thinking, engineering knowledge, judgment and effective communications with others,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said.
“He is a credit to our outstanding workforce, dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Tennessee Valley and continuing our record of 99.999 percent reliability since 2000,” Johnson said.
Highlights of Phillips’ work include engineering the world’s first 500-kilovolt transmission line using a new aluminum conductor composite reinforced cable, which saved TVA $851,000. He also coordinated a valley-wide switch training, repair and inventory program that realized $267,000 in savings through salvage and reuse of switch parts.
TVA’s highest honor for an engineer is named for O.J. “Ike” Zeringue, a former TVA president and chief operating officer, and chief nuclear officer. As the TVA recipient, Phillips is eligible for Federal Engineer of the Year, which will be announced Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C.
Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. A former Marine, he also is member of the TVA Veterans Association.
Phillips lives in Sequatchie, Tenn., with his wife, Tammy, and two children.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nine million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
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