TVA Employees Recognized for Technical Contributions

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February 13, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ― Casey Scoggins was honored as this year’s Tennessee Valley Authority Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year during the TVA board of directors’ meeting on Thursday.

“TVA’s mission is about improving the quality of life in the Tennessee Valley and our ability to do that depends on the dedication of employees like Casey,” said Bill Johnson, TVA president and CEO. “Beyond his own hard work, his leadership in our Transmission organization has directly contributed to TVA maintaining a 99.999 percent reliability factor since 2000.”

Scoggins is a manager in Transmission Engineering, responsible for supervising teams that handle power transmission system expansion projects, equipment replacements and storm restoration projects.

He is a certified professional engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Tech University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

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. Scoggins is now one of 10 finalists for Federal Engineer of the Year.

In addition, the Electric Power Research Institute recently recognized several TVA employees for their work in technology transfer activities:

  • Dave Dinse worked on a multi-utility team to explore ways to enhance energy efficiency and demand response programs through the use of variable capacity heat pump technologies. 
  • Andrew Frye helped refine a modeling process that will ultimately help determine the environmental impacts of increased use of electrically powered non-road vehicles. Frye received a second award for developing a high-resolution data logger to evaluate several commercially available hybrid electric vehicles for fleet applications.
  • Dale Sielski led the investigation of a pulsed eddy current inspection technology that greatly enhances the speed and efficiency of inspecting high-pressure piping for signs of internal degradation, ultimately leading to safer and more reliable power generation plants.
  • Stephen Mueller played an active role in an EPRI-led project on power plant “fugitive” emissions by developing an approach for a sophisticated electronic monitoring system and data analysis has led to cost-effective mitigation systems.
  • Steve Barnes and Dennis Baxter provided technical input for the Ohio River Ecological Research Program, creating a source of accurate data that will help determine if fish communities are being affected by power plant operations on the Ohio River.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 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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