2023 40 Under 40: Michael Stewart, CTS, 39
Partner, Electrical Engineer, CMTA; BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky
Stewart has been passionate about electrical engineering since he was a child when his grandfather and uncle, both electricians themselves, encouraged his curiosity and allowed him to tinker in their garages. Today, with more than 18 years of electrical engineering experience under his belt, his responsibilities have covered all aspects of electrical design for education, health care, commercial and military facilities. For the last six years Stewart has been focused on leading a team of technology designers overseeing audiovisual, information technology and electronic safety and security design. Several of his major projects include the Samsung Solutions Center in Washington, D.C., the Department for Homeland Security in Ashburn, Virginia and Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky. Stewart prides himself in always being available at the drop of a hat; on one occasion in which surveillance cameras were added to a site very late, Stewart and his team drove an hour to the jobsite to pull cabling themselves. Outside of his role with CMTA, Stewart has served on the engineering alumni board at the University of Kentucky where he oversaw various activities and philanthropic efforts, including speaking at engineering-related programs and participating in “Root Beer with an Engineer,” a program that allows college of engineering faculty, engineering alumni and industry leaders to share their wisdom with students over a root beer float. He also plays an active role helping with the audiovisual equipment and IT network at First Christian Church Frankfort, his hometown church. Stewart lives with his wife and two young sons on 20 acres in the country. Together, they enjoy sports, trips to Lake Cumberland in Kentucky and working on home improvement projects.