Tennessee American Water engineering manager Grady Stout has been awarded the General Robert Neyland Young Engineer of the Year. The Chattanooga Engineers Week (E-Week) award recognizes a young engineer in the Chattanooga community who has made outstanding contributions to his/her profession, public welfare and the community at large during the early portion of their career.
“Grady’s commitment to excellence and his passion for providing clean, safe reliable water inspire those who work with him, whether it be through his leadership at Tennessee American Water or his involvement in making our community the best place to live,” said Grant Evitts president of Tennessee American Water. “We congratulate Grady on this well-deserved recognition.”
In his role as manager of engineering at Tennessee American Water, Stout oversees a capital budget of over $25 million and is responsible for leading a team of engineering professionals who manage the timely and efficient completion of projects to replace aging infrastructure for system reliability, to strengthen fire protection and maintain water quality. Stout has led Tennessee American Water’s COVID-19 emergency response to assure the continuity of essential services to our customers.
Stout is a past president of the Chattanooga Engineering Club and holds a Professional Engineering license. In 2021, Tennessee American Water served as the co-host utility for the KY/TN Section of the American Water Works Association annual meeting which was held in Chattanooga. Stout was involved in recruiting co-workers for various roles in the volunteer-led gathering and he coordinated four technical presentations by members of his engineering team.
Stout received the award during the E-Week awards banquet. The event was established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and is celebrated across the country by local clubs to raise public awareness about engineering and the contributions that engineers make to society.