Second Consecutive Year TVA Employee among Top 10 Finalists for 'Federal Engineer of the Year'
February 4, 2010
For a second consecutive year, the Tennessee Valley Authority has a finalist vying for the National Society of Professional Engineers’ “Federal Engineer of the Year” award.
One of 10 finalists, Charles McEntyre works in TVA’s Environment and Technology Group as a senior specialist for environmental engineering services. The top 10 contenders will be recognized and the winner announced Feb. 18 in Washington, D.C.
“This is an amazing honor. We are fortunate to attract and retain some of the nation’s top-tier engineers,” Senior Vice President of Environment and Technology Anda Ray said. “Charlie was invaluable as one of TVA’s environmental unit leaders in the early stages of the December 2008 coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.”
TVA engineer Daryl Armentrout, also a senior specialist with the Environment and Technology Group, was a finalist in last year’s competition.
McEntyre has published more than 45 papers and articles and is a certified master-level hazardous materials manager. He also serves on the Water and Environment Research Foundation Advisory Council as an expert in wastewater treatment plant optimization and energy efficiency. He is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina and Alabama.
The federal engineer of the year is chosen by a panel of judges established by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The panel considers engineering achievements, education, continuing education, professional/technical engineering activities, awards and honors from the national society, and civic and humanitarian activities.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities and supplies up to 36,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
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