Thomas R. Voss, P.E., received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers's Professional Engineers in Industry interest group at its 2011 annual meeting in Las Vegas.
The PEI Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution of national scope to advance the causes of the individual engineer in industry or of professional engineers in industry. Eminence in the field of engineering does not have to be limited to that of technical contributions only, but also to the profession itself.
Thomas R. Voss was elected to the position of chairman of the board of directors of Ameren Corporation on April 27, 2010. He was elected president and chief executive officer of Ameren in May 2009—titles he retained with his promotion to the position of board chairman. Voss served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ameren from 200409. In December 2006, he was elected to the additional position of president and chief executive officer of AmerenUE, Ameren's Missouri rate-regulated operations. Prior to this appointment, he held the title of senior vice president of generation, and president of AmerenEnergy and AmerenEnergy Resources. In this position, he was responsible for generation, fuels and services, and related trading and marketing operations, including AmerenEnergy Inc., AmerenEnergy Generating, AmerenEnergy Resources Business Service, AmerenEnergy Fuels and Services, AmerenUE Power Operations, and AmerenEnergy Marketing.
Previously, Voss served as senior vice president for energy delivery/customer services. In this position, he was responsible for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all gas and electric delivery systems and also for all customer care activities for Ameren's operating utility companies—AmerenUE, AmerenCIPS, and AmerenCILCO.
Voss began his career with Union Electric (now known as AmerenUE) in 1969 as a student engineer after earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. After four years in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to Union Electric as an assistant engineer. From 197587, he held a series of successively higher positions—moving from engineer to staff engineer, superintendent, and district manager. In 1988, he became manager of distribution operating. He was named vice president of region operations for AmerenCIPS in July 1998.
Voss is also a graduate of the University of Michigan's Public Utility Executive Program and the Westinghouse Advanced Power Systems School in Pittsburgh. In addition, in June 2005, he completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives—an intensive three-week program on nuclear technology offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and the National Academy for Nuclear Training. Voss is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and Illinois.
He serves on several St. Louis civic and arts organizations, including Civic Progress, Dance St. Louis (past chairman), The MUNY, the Regional Chamber and Growth Association, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. Voss also serves on several national industry boards and is a member of the Missouri Science and Technology Energy Advisory Board. He has been a champion of diversity both within and outside Ameren Corp. A native of St. Louis and a graduate of St. Louis University High School, Voss and his wife of 40 years, Carol, have three children and three grandchildren.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution photos of Voss and the award ceremony are available in digital format.