Summer Intern Series: Santiago Rios

santiago_riosThe New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Santiago Rios attends City College of New York, pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works in the Mechanical Maintenance Department at the 500MW Facility in Astoria, NY.

My first week here at NYPA, I was able to work with my mentor Danny Padron on repairing one of the Gas Compressors here at the 500MW Plant. I was able to put my hands to use and help with piping installation, help with the detection of leaks, while making sure the hardware being used is new and not worn and old. I was able to work with Operations and help with starting up and running the compressor, while taking down important data provided by the gauges and instrumentation panels of the gas compressor. I have worked with Operations on the cleaning of the Air Cooled Condenser, troubleshooting the Foam House Diesel Generator and learning how the plant is maintained and monitored from the Control Room using different types of software.

The following week, I started working with Yefim Kashler and was introduced to a couple of projects and assignments. Another project I worked on was learning one of the many important systems – the Auxiliary Circulating Water system, which also goes along with the Auxiliary Cooling Water system. The purpose of this project is to find out where we can improve this system and improve it, in order to increase the combined cycle plant overall efficiency. My second assignment was to get myself familiarized with main components throughout the plant – for example, condensate pumps, boiler feed pumps, cooling tower, gas turbine, steam turbine and the Heat Recovery Steam Generator system. To get acquainted with these components, I’ve been gathering data from manuals, name plates located at each component and with the help of NYPA software.

Getting to know the components of the combined cycle plant has helped my learning process and will definitely enhance my experience as a future engineer.

Summer Intern Series: Thomas Marino

IMG_9936The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Thomas Marino attends SUNY University at Buffalo, pursuing his degree in Finance. He currently works in the Treasury Department at the White Plains Office.

My internship at the New York Power Authority has been a valuable learning experience. I have had the opportunity to work with the Treasury Department, which has exposed me to various aspects of the Energy industry’s financials.

I have worked alongside the Senior Investment Analyst to assist in managing the Authority’s fixed-income investment portfolio with the objectives of preserving principal, meeting cash flow requirements, and maximizing return within the constraints of liquidity and risk parameters. I’ve also gained exposure to valuable financial tools, such as Bloomberg, which is utilized when purchasing and selling authorized securities, to price counterparty collateral, to evaluate counterparty and securities credit ratings, and to monitor market news and economic data.

The Treasury Department currently has three active RFP’s outstanding. I supported the Treasurer in looking for potential underwriters for future bond deals; I was responsible for reviewing proposals and coordinating the review process between Treasury, Procurement, and the Authority’s Financial Advisor. Additionally, I have assisted the Deputy Treasurer with the 2 fixed income investment manager RFP’s associated with the Other Post-Employment Benefit Trust and the Nuclear Decommissioning Trust.

In accordance with the Authority’s Energy Commodity and Credit Risk Management procedures, all counterparty statements need to be verified. I am responsible for the verification process and for sending out notifications with regards to the counterparties who settle transactions via the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange).

I appreciate the exposure my internship has given me to date and look forward to continued learnings over the remainder of the summer.

Summer Intern Series: Priyanka R. Kulkarni

2014-07-01 22.34.15The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Priyanka R. Kulkarni attends SUNY Buffalo, pursuing her Masters in Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Computer Networking. She currently works in the IT department as an Application Design & Developmental Intern in the Niagara Office.

“It’s midway through the internship and I feel delighted and privileged to be working at NYPA. After I joined, I was told I would be working on the Windows platform, which I had never worked on before, and I had uncertainties on how I would perform.

Fortunately, my mentor guided me well in a step-by-step approach that helped me learn and adapt to these new areas without hurdles. I spent my initial time in research and training to equip myself with IT development procedures and techniques. I was later involved in the enhancement of features for Safety Incident Prevention and Notification Application.

Currently, I am working on improving the format of automated emails issued by the system. Moving forwards, I will be involved in developing an application supporting the Research and Development group with monitoring select transmission devices across the state.

I took a tour of the power project and was impressed with the structure of it. Every day is a new challenge and I look forward to the rest of the journey with the hope to make a difference at NYPA.”

Summer Intern Series: Gabriella Romagnuolo

The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Gabriella Romagnuolo attends Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she is pursuing a degree in Accounting. She currently works in the Controller’s Division at the White Plains Office.

In the few short weeks that I have been working as a developmental intern here at the New York Power Authority, I’ve already gained a tremendous amount of experience and education on a variety of subjects.

This summer, I was presented with the opportunity to work in the Controller’s Division, assisting with the application and transition into newly integrated versions of the SAP Business Intelligence Software. For both financial and billing purposes, I’ve prepared training materials and assisted in the training delivery for fellow employees from various departments on the conversion of the software.

Additionally, I’ve assisted the Controller’s Division in formulating and testing implementation procedures for the billing of Stand-By Services provided at Riker’s Island. In working with SAP Configuration Analysts, I created streamlined procedures to compare data sets from both NYPA and ConEd that will allow for smoother procedures for billing once the services begin. Aside from the Controller’s Division, I’ve also been exposed to real-life accounting policies and procedures taught through my own college course material by working with the Accounting Department on a variety of assignments including the posting of client journal entries.

My time here at NYPA has already proven to be extremely valuable and educational and I would like to personally thank my supervisors Frank Rutigliano and Bobby Ramsook for their motivation and guidance in helping me better my experience here at the New York Power Authority.

Summer Intern Series: Bentley John

internThe New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Bentley John is attending SUNY Maritime College, where he is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently works in the Engineering and Design Group at the White Plains Office.

Interning under the Engineering and Design group has been an absolute privilege. The opportunity has not only introduced me to the technologies used in Energy Efficiency, but has also provided me an insight to the engineering design process.

Under direct supervision, I have been able to draft and modify electrical schematics and planning diagrams for New York City Transit projects. The focus is on providing the ability for them to participate in PLM during peak load times, while still maintaining emergency power availability to transit facilities. The electrical drawings play a vital role when presenting our proposed designs to the customer’s end users and construction bidders. Designing project drawings has expanded my knowledge in electrical distribution concepts and has introduced me to industry standards such as the National Electric Code.

I also had the chance to visit a Metro-North Railroad substation, where our group is upgrading the facilities and equipment including installing two new transformers and distribution equipment for the station. Being able to observe the project from initial drawings and then to see it come together in real time is amazing and not many design engineers have that opportunity. I would like to thank Martin Bowen, Mei Lee, and Mohammad Latif for taking the time to develop me as an engineer, and as an individual. I look forward to working for the NYPA in the coming weeks.

President John F. Kennedy Niagara Power Project Dedication

The New York Power Authority wishes you a Happy Independence Day!

Transcript:

From the President’s Office in the White House – February 4, 1961

This is President John F. Kennedy speaking from the White House. You have gathered here today to celebrate the delivery of the first power from the fabulous Niagara Power Project and I am happy to join with you, your fellow trustees, staff, consultants, contractors and workers, in this field, in welcoming this great achievement.

This 720 million dollar project, financed privately, and scheduled to deliver 1,800,000 kilowatts of firm power when the last of the turbines and generators are installed – begins to function 3 years from the time of groundbreaking.

An outstanding engineering achievement and a happy example of teamwork and cooperation between private and public enterprises.

This project will ensure constant, adequate and low-priced power for the highly industrialized Niagara Frontier and for the preferred customers – the rural and domestic consumers.

All this was made possible by the 1950 Treaty with Canada, signed by President Truman, approved by the Congress and supported by President Eisenhower.

This great Power Project signifies a new and more prosperous era for the Niagara Frontier and is an example to the world of North American efficiency and determination.

I congratulate you all.

Summer Intern Series: Dean King

IMG_3572 (1)The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Dean King is an undergrad at Clarkson University, where he is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently works in the Electrical Maintenance Department at the Robert Moses Power Dam in Massena, NY.

Since starting my internship with NYPA, I have had the privilege to collaborate with and work alongside other engineers in the Electrical Maintenance team. In my first few weeks, I have been introduced to a field that is completely new to me and I am honored to have this opportunity to learn about power systems from such a reputable organization.

I have already had the opportunity to view most of the Robert Moses Power Dam and a few of the substations that are maintained by this facility. In my first few weeks, I have done work related to the most recent arc flash study, as well as take a deeper look into some of the relay systems here in the dam.

In the future, I hope to contribute to the NYPA team and prove myself as a valuable resource for both the Electrical Maintenance team and the Authority.