The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides high-performing students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest state public power organization. This summer, 19 undergraduate and graduate students are participating in the intern program. Every Friday, we will feature one summer intern and provide a weekly snapshot of their internship experiences.
Crim Pineda, an Alfred State College senior, is majoring in Electrical Engineering. This is Crim’s fourth internship at NYPA. This year, he is working in the Operations Planning work group which conducts analyses of system conditions, disturbances and operations in order to assess and improve overall system performance.
The desire to have a positive impact on real world problems, whether it be power systems that affect an entire state or poverty, is what drives my career aspirations.
For four summers now, New York Power Authority has given me distinct opportunities to work through various power issues. I am presently learning Power Simulator for Engineering (PSS/e). PSS/e is composed of complete studies of power system transmission network and generation performance in both dynamic conditions and steady state. The professional engineers allow me to ask questions and talk through processes. Previously, I have worked on EMS (Emergency Management System) where I observed the NYPA-owned systems in real-time to learn how the interconnected system works.
While the work is challenging, I am encouraged by the integrity of and collaborative culture embodied by staff throughout the Power Authority. I would like to thank the Operations Planning group for giving me support, especially my mentor Jennifer Dering.
There is so much to learn here and I look forward to learning even more!