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Summer Intern Series: Matthew Clyne

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.

Matthew Clyne is a senior at the University of Buffalo pursuing his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. He works with the Business Controls Group at the White Plains Office.

This summer, I am working with the Business Controls Group to organize and maintain NYPA’s current policy and procedure system. We are also working to develop a new, more efficient electronic document management system. To assist the team, I am designing spreadsheets and databases to analyze documents. These programs contribute to the department’s efforts in making NYPA’s policy and procedure system more consistent.

Prior to my work at NYPA, I felt that I had a good understanding of how a company functions. My work with the Business Controls Group has exposed me to numerous departments in the company, and has showed me that our organization is much more integral than I ever imagined. Each department, in some way, relies on one another.

I enjoy spending my free time in the outdoors. I like to hike, fish, hunt, mountain bike, camp and snowboard. I also enjoy traveling. After I complete my internship at NYPA I plan on taking a road trip with a few of my friends to explore Boston, Acadia National Park, Quebec City and Montreal.

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Summer Intern Series: Michael Kirschenheiter

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.

Michael Kirschenheiter is a senior at SUNY Buffalo pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He works in the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Department at the Niagara Power Project.

The focus of my work at NYPA is to support plant operation and maintenance. This includes designing, planning, setting up work orders, submitting purchase requisitions and working with various engineering or technician outfits to achieve a common goal.

I am currently working on many HVAC projects such as redesigning existing pipe supports and designing a pipe structure for an existing oil-water regulator so that it will adhere to OSHA’s changing safety regulations. These tasks are fitting because I have prior experience as a plumber and HVAC technician; I am now able to design systems that I once installed.

These current projects give me a new perspective on the project that I’ve worked on in the past, not only from a design standpoint but also from a logistical perspective: all the design, material, and labor has to come together at a single time from multiple sources to achieve a singular goal. It is a rewarding experience working with engineers, technicians, vendors, suppliers, and outside firms to see a project completed from start to finish. Having the logistical capability to gather all the required information before a project begins is often very difficult and is not something taught in class.

The Niagara Power Project is an expansive engineering marvel and there is still much for me to learn, as my internship has only just begun. I look forward to the remainder of the internship and the remaining guidance the fellow engineers and NYPA staff can give me.

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Summer Intern Series: Tim White

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.

Tim White is a senior at SUNY Buffalo State University pursuing his degree in Industrial Technology. He works in the Transmission Department at the Massena Substation.

As an intern, I am faced with many exciting and challenging tasks. In the Transmission Department, our goal is to oversee the transmission of the electrical current generated from the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. Whether through having me help plan a new structural design or simply maintaining our current assets, my coworkers have allowed me to play a key role in everyday objectives. I am currently tasked with inspecting different distribution and transmission lines to create documentation that will eventually be referenced by all of NYPA.

Day one of a job can be very nerve-racking. You are entering a completely new atmosphere with a certain amount of pressure on yourself to succeed. Thankfully, everyone here in Transmission has been very welcoming; I have found my coworkers to be very knowledgeable and helpful, even throughout my constant bombardment of questions. I would like to give a special thanks to my mentor Jordi Parisian for guiding me in my quest to become an engineer.

Having grown up in the North Country, I am an avid fan of everything outdoors, such as fishing year-round and being anywhere near water all summer. But my biggest passion lies in the bitterly cold months of winter – snowmobiling has provided me with some of my earliest memories and will always remain my favorite hobby.

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Summer Intern Series: Kylee Hansan

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.

Kylee Hansan is a junior at Pennsylvania State University pursuing her degree in Energy Engineering with a minor in Energy Business & Finance. She works in Customer Energy Solutions at the White Plains Office.

As an intern in the Advanced Infrastructure group, one of the projects I am working on is the Electric Transportation program. For this project, I have been comparing charging station data between NYPA’s database and the PlugShare website.

I am also working on NYPA’s K-Solar Program. K-Solar is a joint program between NYPA and NYSERDA that makes it easier and more affordable for schools to utilize solar power. K-Solar is extremely exciting because it is the largest multi-agency solar program in the country and the first of its kind. I have been organizing the data that we received from schools in order to make it easier for our solar developers to use. I have also been updating the information on the K-Solar website.

When I first came to NYPA my goal was to leave with a general understanding of the solar industry. After being here for just three weeks, I have already accomplished this goal. Over the last few weeks I have learned not only about the industry in general, but also about the importance of grid interconnection and communication. I look forward to learning even more about solar energy over the course of my internship.

In my free time, I like to play volleyball and golf.

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Summer Intern Series: James Oddy

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.

James Oddy is a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Environmental Studies. He works in the Operations Technology department at the Niagara Power Project.

Prior to coming to NYPA, I had not been exposed to networking systems of the Niagara Power Project’s extent and saw an opportunity to learn more about Real-Time Systems. The past couple of weeks here have been a great experience, and I have seen a lot of the Niagara Power Project’s main facilities. I am still being introduced to many of the electrical structures within the plants and how these structures come together to drive the facilities’ networks and electrical systems.

I have been able to see many of the major components that make up Niagara’s facilities and inner workings. I have visited the Lewiston Pump Generation Plant, the Robert Moses Power Plant, the Switch Yard, the Warehouse, and the Power Vista. Within each plant, I was able to see much of the equipment in use, such as the turbine, the exciter, the stator, the wicket gates, and the Remote Terminal Unit, which controls the other units through SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). I also had the privilege to visit the operator’s room to learn how the system I’ll be working on contributes to this work.

This summer, I will be working primarily inside the SCADA room and dealing with the VDS (Video Display System), DACS (Data and Acquisition Control System), and SCADA systems, each of which contributes considerably to the overall networking and controls of the plant’s operations. I have been provided with great mentors and have already learned a lot. I can tell that I will have a very valuable experience working here.

Outside of school and work, my main interests are outdoor activities. In the winter, I am an avid skier and snowboarder, while in the summer, I enjoy water skiing and wakeboarding. I am also a musician and play many sports, including golf, tennis, and baseball.

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Summer Intern Series: Charlotte Goldman

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.

Charlotte Goldman is a student at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing her degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. She currently works in the Corporate Communications Department at the White Plains Office.

This summer, I am working with the Sustainability Office to come up with a comprehensive plan for reducing office and industrial waste at each of the NYPA facilities. In order to formulate ideas on how to reduce waste, I am researching materials in various waste streams and analyzing the solid waste management practices at each site. My research will contribute to NYPA’s efforts to achieve the standards put in place by Executive Order 4, which advocates for a more sustainable work environment.

Before interning at NYPA, I was unaware of how many different departments are involved in helping NYPA succeed as a business. Employees come from all different backgrounds and possess an array of skills that contribute to NYPA’s operations. This diversity makes interning at NYPA a true learning experience that will help me in the future as I look to continue a career in the energy industry.

Outside of school, I enjoy traveling to new places and learning from the people I meet along the way. Next year, I will be studying Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics. During my year abroad, I look forward to gaining more knowledge about Environmental Economics and meeting new students with similar interests.

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Summer Intern Series: Blake Kane

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.

Blake Kane is a Senior at SUNY Buffalo pursuing his degree in Architecture and Planning. He works in the Project Management Department at the Niagara Power Project.

I have been working at NYPA for two weeks now and have already had some incredible experiences. My daily responsibilities include checking in on current jobs, assisting with daily reports, reviewing drawing sets and providing input on technical detail and site measurements. The projects I am currently involved with are the Power Vista Visitor Center elevator addition and the reconstruction of the Niagara Falls Historical Chimney. I have also helped with many of the LEM development projects for the Niagara Power Plant.

Marek Kobialka has allowed me to follow a majority of his projects and has helped me meet many of my goals. I am most excited to work with Marek on the Power Vista Visitor Center addition. I feel it will give me a greater knowledge of the technical aspects of the construction process and the original design standards introduced by Daniel Chait, the Center’s original architect. One thing that I have already learned from my time here is that the need for communication, clarity of work, and strong knowledge of one’s profession all play key roles in advancing any project. I have noted these qualities while shadowing other professionals in conferences and site meetings.

NYPA will provide me with hands-on experience in the Project Management field that will give me a broader understanding of the design and construction processes. This knowledge will help me reach my career goal of obtaining my license in architecture.

Outside of school and work, I participate in a program called Challenger Baseball. This program helps children and adults with disabilities to learn and play baseball.

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