TVA honors the 2022 Engineer of the Year | Sunday stories

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KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority has awarded Chris Saucier, a resource management and operations services engineer with 12 years of service, the highest honor in public service engineering — the Ike Zeringue Engineer’s Award. year.

Saucier is the technical director of the $450 million Boone Dam Remediation Project. Saucier leads a team of 60 engineers, geologists and geographic information specialists. His team is responsible for the design, construction supervision, dam safety performance monitoring and quality assurance for the largest dam safety modification project in TVA’s history. Under Saucier’s leadership, the Boone Dam project is expected to be completed on time and under budget.

“Our employees are focused and passionate about TVA’s longstanding service mission and solving some of the region’s toughest challenges,” said Jeff Lyash, President and CEO of TVA. “This year, we honor Chris who epitomizes engineering excellence. Chris’ dedication and strategic leadership on the largest dam safety modification project in TVA’s history demonstrates his commitment to the people of the Tennessee Valley.

Every day, Saucier helps ensure TVA’s network of 49 dams operates at the highest levels of reliability to protect public safety and generate electricity to power the region’s growing economy while maintaining utility rates. VAT electricity among the lowest in the country.

“Boone Dam is a complex engineering puzzle, and Chis has distinguished himself as an industry leader capable of solving difficult problems,” said Bob Dalrymple, Senior Vice President, management of VAT resources and operations. “Most importantly, Chris is a teacher who mentors junior engineers to share his experience, which positively impacts project safety and residents living downstream of the dam.”

The award is named after OJ “Ike” Zeringue, former TVA chairman, chief operating officer and chief nuclear officer.

Saucier is also a top 10 finalist for the Federal Engineer of the Year award, which will be presented Feb. 24 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Saucier is a graduate of Mississippi State University and holds master’s degrees in engineering from Johns Hopkins University and Mississippi State University. Saucier has also published articles in several engineering journals.The Tennessee Valley Authority is a United States commercial agency that supplies electricity to commercial customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding and derives virtually all of its revenue from the sale of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electrical system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state governments. and local people in economic development and job creation.

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