Kimberly Greene, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Services, was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame on February 15, 2014. The induction is the latest of a long line of honors for Greene, who earned a master's degree in biomedical engineering from UAB prior to beginning her career in the utility industry.
Greene, 47, was recently named executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Company, where she will oversee generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning and research, and environmental affairs.
"Kimberly Greene is an example of an engineering graduate who has creatively applied her training as an engineer to meet challenges in an industry that spans the engineering, science, and business disciplines and risen to a position of considerable responsibility," says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "Her accomplishments are an inspiration to our students and her service to our school through advisory board membership for our ASEM program has been of tremendous value and is much appreciated by our faculty."
Greene received her bachelor's degree in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Tennessee before going on to earn an M.B.A. from Samford and a master's degree from UAB. Her original plan involved putting her biomedical training to use designing artificial orthopedic implants in Indiana, but she took a job at Southern Company as a temporary measure while her husband realized his goal of becoming an airline pilot.
It wasn't long before she found that the skills she had developed as a biomedical engineer could be applied to a wide variety of disciplines. "I never intended to work for an electric utility, but it turns out that the experience I gained in graduate school was invaluable in this industry," says Greene. "Working independently, producing and defending a thesis, and collaborating with professional engineers and doctors prepared me well for the various challenges I've faced throughout my career."
After her start at Southern Company Services, Greene spent eight years at Southern Company subsidiary Southern Energy Inc., now NRG. In 2007, she joined the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as chief financial officer and chief risk officer.
"We are obviously very proud of Kim and the way she continues to represent UAB and the School of Engineering," says UAB provost and former SOE Dean Linda C. Lucas, Ph.D. "She has built an amazing career, and we continue to expect great things from her as she returns to Birmingham in her new role as executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Company."