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Jeff Phillips of TVA

Jeff Phillips, a principal engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, was recognized today as TVA's Engineer of the Year for 2015.

Phillips, a marine veteran, earned degrees from both Chattanooga State and UTC. At TVA, he has worked on 28 transmission line projects to extend TVA power across the utility's 7-state region.

Former TVA Chief Operating Office Ike Zeringue, for whom the annual engineering award is named, praised Phillips for his work in helping to pioneer a new type of  500-kilovolt transmission line built over a lake.

"It was another TVA engineering first," Zeringue said.

Phillips  is one of 900 engineers at TVA. He will compete among engineers from all federal agencies in the Federal Engineer of the Year competition next month.

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