Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Chris Paolillo

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.

Chris Paolillo is a senior at Stony Brook University, pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He works in Customer Energy Solutions at the White Plains Office.

I am working on BuildSmart NY – an initiative to answer Governor Cuomo’s executive order requiring New York’s State agencies to improve their energy efficiency by 20% by the year 2020. Under the executive order, the least efficient state buildings are required to conduct an energy audit which will present the agency with the current energy profiles of their facilities as well as several energy conservation measures they can make to improve their efficiency. My first task as a developmental intern was to review these audits and summarize their findings so that the information is readily available to the BuildSmart team.

Additionally, I’ve been assisting the team in creating a set of standards required in these audits, as well as a set of standard procedures for tracking the future progress of BuildSmart NY.

As an intern, I’ve learned that school has only given me an engineer’s tools. In order to become an engineer, I have to learn how to use them. My plan is to someday work as an engineer in the power generation industry. I want to play a role in the future sustainability of our country. NYPA’s mission completely encompasses those goals making it the perfect place to begin achieving them.

I am an Eagle Scout and I enjoy traveling, SCUBA diving, and spending time outdoors.

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Summer Intern Series: Michael Laoye

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 Laoye is a senior at Pennsylvania State University, pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Power Systems. He is currently working in the White Plains office in the Electrical Engineering department.

Presently, I am working on the operations of transformers and any faults associated with it. More specifically, I am building a database that will help determine the defects of transformers before and after the fault occurs. These defects are determined through DGA. DGA, or dissolved gas analysis, is a tool many professionals in the power industry use to detect faults in transformers. I intend on using this tool to our advantage here at NYPA to help in our diagnostics of transformers. My mentor, James Sheldon, has been beneficial throughout this process and has taught me the intricacies of transformers. With the knowledge I have learned, I hope to make this database a useful source for NYPA.

Coming into the power industry I had no expectations, other than it is a great career path to choose. Everyone has heard the saying, “Everyone needs electricity.” This saying is one of the reasons why I wanted to work in the power industry, especially NYPA. I wanted to assist in NYPA’s goal of providing low-cost, clean, and reliable power.

So far, it has been a great experience visiting several facilities, such as the St. Lawrence Power Project and the 500MW Power Plant, and learning what each site has to offer. Before my internship comes to an end, I’ll have more knowledge about the power industry than I came in with. I am grateful for having this opportunity to contribute towards NYPA’s goal and working with remarkable people, in addition to my mentor, such as Kathryn O’Toole and Natasha Owczarek, who both have been very helpful in this process.

In my spare time, I enjoy being active and learning about automobiles. I take pleasure in playing basketball, football, and going to the gym. I also appreciate the fine cars that the automobile industry has to offer, especially the Tesla Model S which is every engineer’s dream.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Danielle Secor

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.

Danielle recently graduated this May from Seton Hall University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Diplomacy/International Relations and Spanish. She is now continuing her studies and beginning her graduate degree in Diplomacy/International Relations and Public Administration. This summer, she is working in the Affirmative Action Office in the White Plains Office.

As an intern, I am faced with several exciting and challenging tasks throughout my day. In the Affirmative Action Office, I work together with Nancy Harvey on issues pertaining to Equal Opportunity Employment throughout NYPA. Currently, I am working on a presentation on LGBT rights in the workplace. This interests me because it is such an important issue in today’s society and it must be addressed in the workplace in order for people to know what is and is not appropriate.

My career goals are to work in government affairs and help improve the world we live in. This internship program has helped me become a more efficient worker. In addition, I have gained a better understanding of the laws and how they pertain to the work place. The people here are so willing to help me achieve my goals and network throughout the company. Speaking with people here such as Joe Leary, Ed Birdie, and Jill Anderson has helped pique my interest in the field and made me want to work harder to achieve my career goals.

I enjoy being outdoors, working out, reading, traveling and exploring new places.

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Summer Intern Series: Aatif Mohammed

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.

Aatif Mohammed is a junior at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering. He is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. He works in the Mechanical Maintenance department at the 500MW power plant.

Throughout my internship experience, I was given many projects and responsibilities. By the end of the first week, I found myself responsible for learning the science behind each of the plant’s systems. Two or three weeks in, I was given the task of inspecting some of the equipment and using complex technology to monitor its performance. Later on, I was involved in projects that required me to take inventory of power tools, update the operating and hold-off procedures, and utilize the plant’s organizational software, Maximo. My favorite project however, was one where I was given responsibility to help plan and stage the replacement of combustion turbine parts which kept me busy.

Working at NYPA helped me confirm my interest in mechanical engineering. Throughout the summer, I noticed myself getting fired up over the large scale and design of the plant. I was finally able to experience, in person, the engineering concepts I have been learning in college! It is now easy for me to see myself in the future working for a large engineering company and tackling large projects.

Outside of school, I like to spend my free time out in nature. I enjoy nice solitary walks alongside the trees and try to go hiking as often as I can. I get this feeling of “being in the moment” that does not come around when I am in the city. I also enjoy playing sports like basketball and football and I always find time to read self-improvement books to better myself.

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Summer Intern Series: Victoria Nadile

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.

Victoria Nadile graduated in May 2015 from Cornell University with a degree in Science and Technology Studies. She interns in Customer Energy Solutions at the White Plains Office.

I have been tasked with synthesizing data on NYPA projects—mainly focusing on those initiated in the last 5 years—in order to generate reports that will be used internally. The purpose of these reports is to help identify relationships as well as highlight trends among metrics such as the duration of various project phases, project cost, and customer groups over time. I have also been working on standardizing spread sheets that each team in CES uses to track their secondary metrics for the current year.

Before coming to NYPA, I had thought an energy company functioned accordingly: harvest energy and subsequently sell it. Just after only three weeks of working here, though, I have learned there is so much more to that equation. A couple of examples are the marketing teams that exist to ensure that the suite of services NYPA provides are available to customers and the development teams that are constantly working to expand those options by crafting not only new and intelligent energy technologies but also strategies to be more energy efficient. I look forward to continuing my work with data on NYPA project detail in order to get a better sense of our biggest customers, what programs NYPA is investing most of its energies towards, and how this data can help us improve our internal operations.

I spent a semester on the rustic island of Hawai‛i participating in a program through which I earned a minor in Earth Sciences. I love musical theatre (one of my favorite pastimes is singing show tunes) and hiking all around the country. I’m also scuba certified and enjoy diving in tropical locales.

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Summer Intern Series: John Madigan

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.

John Madigan is a senior at Union College, pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. He works in the Executive Office at the White Plains Office.

I am currently interning for the Executive Office, in the Public and Regulatory Affairs division, under Sylvia Louie and Jill Anderson. My responsibilities include authoring executive briefings, policy memos, and presentations. These assignments usually pertain to energy, environmental, or economic policy. Joe Leary and Ed Birdie have made my experience here at NYPA special, for they remind me daily that I am not “just” an intern.

I am looking forward to a career in city planning or urban (re)development, employing the energy sector knowledge that I have gained from NYPA.

Personally, I am a car geek, a bookworm, and a wannabe rock star. I drive a 1973 MGB Roadster, which I have been restoring over the past five years. I will read most anything, although I prefer historical fiction or the Economist magazine. When not wrenching or reading, I enjoy playing my guitar, an Ibanez AF-55 full hollow body. I also have a beagle Jackson, adopted from Tennessee, and named after the seventh President of the United States.

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Summer Intern Series: Maziar Vanouni

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.

Maziar Vanouni is a fourth-year graduate student at North Carolina State University pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Power Engineering. He works in the Research and Technology Development Department at the White Plains Office.

This summer, I am working on a research project in collaboration with some of the R&TD staff as well as participating in some technical meetings with research companies and institutes. My research at NYPA involves developing and implementing a real-time voltage stability evaluation method using a wide area measurement system (WAMS). This project will help provide online monitoring of the power grid’s power transfer capability.

As an intern, I hope to learn about the different perspectives of various industries and utilities, whether in their objectives, concerns, or communication skills.

In my opinion, being at NYPA has helped me develop a better picture of what a utility needs and expects from its employees and I am so glad about it.

I see my career goal as being a researcher involved in those kinds of energy related problems which are of practical concern and values for utilities—I believe NYPA has helped in that sense.

Outside of work and school, I generally like hanging out with friends, being in nature for any excuse (with special interest in fishing), traveling, and seeing different people.

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