Clayton L. Clem, was raised in Athens, Alabama and Hixson, Tennessee graduating from Hixson High School in 1975. He is married to Dr. Diane Fortier, a family physician, from Quebec City, Canada, and they reside in Ooltewah, Tennessee.
Clem, graduated summa cum laude from Tennessee Tech University (TTU) in 1979 with a BS in Civil Engineering. In 1985 he graduated from UT-Chattanooga with a MS in Engineering, Concentrating in Applied Mechanics. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Tennessee.
Mr. Clem has been employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority since 1979 in various roles, including design and construction of telecommunication, transmission line and substation facilities. Today Mr. Clem oversees Electric System Projects which engineers and constructs power system facilities for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) throughout the utility’s seven-state, 80,000-square mile region.
During his career, he has been involved in the development of numerous industry guides and standards such as the Design of Lattice Steel Transmission Structures, Design of Guyed Transmission Structures, Guidelines for Electrical Transmission Line Structural Loading, and the National Electrical Safety Code. He also has served as an advisor to industry-sponsored projects and a speaker at various technical conferences.
In 1998 he was chosen as TVA’s Engineer of the Year and was chosen as one of the Top Ten Federal Engineers of 1998 by NSPE. In 1999 ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute recognized him with the Innovations in Transmission Line Engineering Award. Most recently, Mr. Clem was honored by being chosen TTU’s Engineer of Distinction in 2011 and as TTU’s Outstanding Alumnus.