Interview with Christopher Ungate, April 24, 2019

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Christopher Ungate, a former TVA engineer, begins the interview by discussing how he was hired at TVA. Ungate then details the work of the TVA engineering lab. Subsequently, Ungate gives an overview of his TVA career. The interviewee details his first assignment at TVA, which was working in the engineering lab. Ungate characterizes the Tennessee River system in the 1970s. Ungate also discusses his work in the TVA corporate sector. The interviewee details his return to the TVA engineering lab and his work in TVA's hydropower section. Ungate's role in designing a lake improvement plan and reservoir study is explored. A background to the studies that Ungate participated in is given. Ungate compares TVA Chairman Marvin Runyon to John Waters, another prominent figure in TVA history. Issues and results of the lake improvement study are shared. Ungate describes his work in water resources. The interviewee's work at the Chattanooga office is considered. Ungate then talks of his engineering work in the private sector after his retirement from TVA. Ungate reveals his most important accomplishments as a TVA employee. To conclude the interview, Ungate details an article about the long-term results of TVA's studies on lakes and reservoir levels.

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2020oh0176_tvara0029

Interviewee Name

Christopher Ungate

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2019-04-24

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Ungate, Christopher Interview by Philip Mummert. 24 Apr. 2019. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ungate, C. (2019, April 24). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ungate, Christopher, interview by Philip Mummert. April 24, 2019, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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