At Southern Company, Jim Leverette is a research and development (R&D) engineer in the energy end-use R&D group. Leverette is responsible for the research portfolio related to residential and commercial HVAC, water heating, automation and building envelope systems.
He also manages relationships with a variety of internal and external customers, vendors, and research organizations. He works with these groups, in both laboratory testing and in-field trials, to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of pre-commercial technologies for widespread deployment.
Since 2015, Leverette has worked extensively on the Alabama Power Smart NeighborhoodTM project as the technical R&D lead. He has directly managed more than $2.3 million and been responsible for the overall design and deployment of the residential building technologies.
Leverette is passionate and experienced in providing effective and innovative solutions for customer issues relating to energy utilization.
Leverette holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University, is currently taking courses to complete his MBA and is registered as a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.