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Engineer Week Spotlight: Miles Waldron

Miles Waldron is an Electrical Engineer with the Southwestern Division’s Operations and Regulatory Branch. He started working for the Corps in 1987. Before working for SWD he worked in the Mobile District as an Operations Project Manager, overseeing Carters Lake, and in the Little Rock District as a Hydropower Superintendent over Bull Shoals and Norfork powerhouses.

Dam at Carters Lake
Dam at Carters Lake

A 1983 graduate of the University of Arkansas, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Georgia in 2009. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas.

Away from work he enjoys numerous outdoor activities, including nature conservation and hunting.

Miles Waldron
Miles Waldron

Waldron’s day-to-day tasks include monitoring Southwestern Division’s 18 hydroelectric powerhouses, providing technical assistance, and communicating with power customers.

Here are a few questions Waldron answered to highlight Engineer Week, STEM degrees and his career.

Q. Why did you choose to pursue an engineering degree?

A. I excelled at science and math in secondary school and always had a curiosity about how machines or electronics worked. My engineering classes during college taught me how to analyze the engineering design process and learn more about it. I liked the methodical approach to problem solving.

Q. How do engineers make a difference in our world?

A. Engineers take theoretical science and make it applicable to our life needs. Look around, you can see engineering everywhere. Hydropower plants, dams, airplanes and even cell phones were designed by engineers.

Q. What advice would you share with teenagers about choosing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related career?

A. This is a very rewarding career that can be used in many businesses or service areas. The jobs you get with STEM degrees usually offer some of the best training, competitive salaries, and good growth opportunities. Another bonus to getting a STEM degree is you can get a job almost anywhere. Pretty much everywhere you look there is an opportunity for an engineer to be successful.

Q. What has been your most memorable USACE project, program or job?

A. Being the Chief of Hydropower at Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes. There are so many good folks up there and the area is beautiful. The job was great because it crossed so many of the Corps business lines including flood control, hydropower, recreation, environmental and water supply.

Little Rock 2016 Engineer of the Year

Jim Milam has been named Engineer of the Year by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District. Milam, who lives in Mountain Home, Ark., is the lead engineer for testing and maintenance of hydroelectric power plant equipment within the district.

Milam’s award announcement was the district’s capstone event during the 2016 Engineers Week, Feb. 22 thru 26 that honors how engineers make a difference in the world and increases dialogue regarding the need for engineers in the future.

“It’s a humbling honor to be named Engineer of the Year,” said Milam as he accepted the award from Chief of Engineering and Construction Division Tony Batey. “I’ve seen some really good engineers receive this award and it’s an honor to be recognized among them.”

Milam’s efforts have resulted in decreased forced hydropower outage times and improved safety for the repair of generation equipment. It is estimated that about $6 million dollars of added revenue was returned to the U.S. Treasury as well as $23 million of added benefits because of his efforts.

“I’ve known Jim for a very long time, it’s no surprise he’s being recognized for his outstanding work,” said Batey. “Jim is recognized as an expert in power plant equipment and is regularly consulted by other districts on the engineering analysis and repair of power plant electrical equipment.”

Milam has worked as an electrical engineer at the Bull Shoals Power Plant for more than 30 years and has almost 32 total years of federal service.

“The great people I’ve worked with in the district office, project offices and the hydropower section have made my job fun and rewarding,” Milam said. “I’d like to thank them all.”

Milam is a 1976 graduate of University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. In 1981 he earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of Arkansas and an Arkansas licensed master electrician.