By: Will Housley
Two Tennessee Tech University College of Engineering alumni — James (Jim) Peterman and Clayton Clem — have been chosen as the college's 2011 Engineers of Distinction.
A banquet, a featured event of TTU's 2011 Engineers' Week, will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, to acknowledge their achievements.
James (Jim) D. Peterman
Peterman received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1983 and master's degree in 1985 from TTU, while completing two cooperative education work assignments at the Naval Surface Weapons Center in Dahlgren, Va. He also completed a master's degree in business administration at Regis University in Denver in 2001.
Peterman spent nearly 16 years developing communications equipment and tactical network management systems for military applications as an engineering designer and manager for GTE Government Systems and General Dynamics. He presented pioneering work in digital signal processing at a NATO workshop at the Shape Technical Institute in The Hauge, Netherlands, which led to participation in an international standards committee.
In 2001, Peterman transitioned to the commercial telecommunications industry as a senior product manager for Tekelec. For 10 years he directed Tekelec's Platform Program, setting the technical direction for research and development and hardware and platform layer software. He also worked closely with strategic customers to capture their network requirements and engineer network solutions. Peterman's work with clients in Canada, England, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia and Switzerland contributed to the company's global expansion. Currently, he is focused on business strategy and serves as Tekelec's network security subject matter expert.
In addition to research and development, Peterman has been involved with engineering process improvement and quality initiatives as an ISO-9001 internal auditor and team leader. He is active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, speaking frequently to student branches on professional topics and continuing education. He has been a member of TTU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Industry Advisory Board since its inception and serves as chairperson and vice chairperson.
Peterman and his wife, Mona, reside in Raleigh, N.C., with their two younger children, Matt and Anna. Their oldest son, Ben, attends Auburn University. He serves as an elder at the Raleigh Church of Christ, where his activities include teaching and mentoring on the topics of marriage and parenting.
Clayton L. Clem
Clem earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from TTU in 1979. He also holds a master's degree in engineering, with a concentration in applied mechanics from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He was a member of Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Phi, and Phi Kappa Phi while at TTU.
Clem has been employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority since 1979 in various roles, including design and construction of telecommunications, transmission lines and substation facilities. Today, he oversees electric systems projects, which engineers and constructs power system facilities for the TVA throughout the utility's service areas. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee.
During his career, Clem has been involved in the development of numerous industry guides and standards including the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, 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 has also served as an adviser to industry-sponsored projects and was a speaker at various technical conferences.
In 1988, Clem was chosen as TVA's Engineer of the Year and was chosen as one of the Top Ten Federal Engineers of 1988 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. In 1999, the American Society of Civil Engineers' Structural Engineering Institute recognized him with the Innovations in Transmission Line Engineering Award.
When Clem is not involved with the power business, he also serves on TTU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Industry Advisory Board and is a member of TTU's President's Club. He is a past president of the Chattanooga chapter of the TTU Alumni Association and a past member of the University Alumni Board.
Clem was raised in Athens, Ala., and Hixon, Tenn. He graduated from Hixon High School in 1975. He is married to Dr. Diane Fortier, a family physician from Canada, and they currently reside in Ooltewah, Tenn.