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Retired Southern Company Principal Engineer John Sorge named 2018 Engineer of the Year

Southern Company Services, Southern Power and Alabama Power employees were recognized by the Engineering Council of Birmingham.

Five Southern Company Services (SCS), Southern Power and Alabama Power employees were recently nominated for engineering awards by the Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB). ECOB is made up of 15 engineering, technology and education organizations in the central Alabama area.

At a ceremony held in Birmingham, John Sorge, a 39-year veteran of Southern Company, was honored as 2018 Engineer of the Year. Sorge recently retired from Southern Company as principal research engineer in the research and development organization. Over the course of his career, he worked in instrumentation and controls; automation; process optimization; and monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics for utility-scale power generation facilities. Sorge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Alabama, as well as a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a registered professional engineer in Alabama.

The following employees were recognized at the ECOB Annual Awards Banquet:

Stephanie Swindle, project manager at Southern Power, was nominated by the local Birmingham chapter of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for the Engineer of the Year Award. Swindle has made a great mark on Southern Company with her career accomplishments as an engineer and leader, specifically within maintenance strategy and the field of human performance.

Arthur Fisher, SCS engineer, is vice president of the Birmingham Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and was nominated for the Distinguished Service Award.

Jeanne Otts, retired from Southern Company and Alabama Power after 30 years of service, currently serves as president of the Birmingham Chapter of the SWE. She was nominated for the Distinguished Service Award.  

Carl Jackson, SCS research and development engineer, was nominated for Young Engineer of the Year. Jackson is an adviser for the Future Engineers of America program, mentoring high school students considering a career in engineering.

Science, technology, engineering and math are fundamental to the energy industry’s ability to make lives better. At Southern Company, we are proud to have the nation’s top engineers helping us build the future of energy.

Congratulations to all the nominees and to ECOB Engineer of the Year John Sorge!