Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Crim Pineda

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

Crim Pineda

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!

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Thomas Paul Russo

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 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.

Thomas Paul Russo

Thomas Paul Russo

Thomas Paul Russo, a Manhattan College senior, is majoring in Electrical Engineering. This is Thomas’ second internship at NYPA. This year, he is working in the Electrical Engineering work group which implements electrical related technologies responsible for keeping power systems in optimal operating condition.

My internship experience at New York Power Authority provides me with great insight every day as to what to expect when I graduate from Manhattan College and pursue my dream of working in the utility industry. The Power Authority is the most prestigious and highly recognized power generation authority transmitting power across New York State. It is an honor and privilege to learn professional engineering tactics, techniques, and standards from some of the best minds in the power industry.

This year, I have been given the opportunity to act as the lead engineer on a generator replacement project at the Niagara Plant. I also assist fellow engineers with the completion of daily projects, including an arc flash calculation study informing our substations of required PPE levels on-site. I also provide AutoCAD revisions for designs and drafts, and I also assist with relay protection in the Protect and Control Department.

I am grateful for my mentors, James Sheldon and Misak Krikorian, who both embody hard work and professionalism, and motivate me to do my best at the Power Authority and in my educational journey.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Chris Coronel

Chris Coronel

Chris Coronel

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 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.

Chris Coronel, a graduate of the University at Albany, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Binghamton University. At NYPA, Chris works in the Energy Efficiency work group which contracts and implements state-of-the-art energy saving technologies.

From the very beginning of my internship, I have been exposed to what it would be like to be a project engineer in Energy Efficiency participating in group meetings with the Energy Efficiency team, interacting with clients and having dialogue with many of the contractors engaged by NYPA on project work. This internship is ideal for any up and coming engineer because you are exposed to the management and the construction side of the energy industry.  One of our projects includes internet metering for one of NYPA’s clients so they can properly monitor their energy consumption.  With this monitoring, the client can have data on when peak and minimum consumption of energy occurs during the day.  It is a great feeling to be involved in a project you are passionate about and seeing it progress week-by-week until the final product is presented and used by the client.

My goals for this internship include learning proper management techniques, and furthering my education by learning the technical advances in energy efficiency and sustainability.  So far, working in the Energy Efficiency group at NYPA has exceeded my expectations on what a great industry experience should be.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Brittney Frazier

Brittney Frazier

Brittney Frazier

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 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.

Brittney Frazier is a Graduate Student at The New School in NYC pursuing a Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. At NYPA, Brittney works for the Special Projects and Business Integration work group in the Executive Office. This unit combines Energy Policy and Generating Sustainability by analyzing legislative and regulatory energy-related issues and ensuring the compliance of the New York Power Authority with New York State sustainability plans.

Since I started with NYPA, I continue to learn something new and exciting each day. By working in the executive office I have the opportunity to experience all the “behind the scenes” work it takes to ensure the Power Authority is operating efficiently and effectively. Textbooks and lectures can only prepare you so much, so it’s great to be able to step outside of the classroom and immerse myself in all of this hands-on information. I have a passion for energy efficiency policy, climate change adaptation strategies, and sustainability practices so being able to see how these subjects are integrated into daily operations is great. I am currently working on a updating the recycling plan for the entire Power Authority to help reduce office waste while promoting sustainability through education. I have also been working with the Sustainability Manager and NYPA’s Green Team to plan and coordinate a Clean and Green Event which will highlight recycling and reducing current consumption.  I also assist in the research and analysis of advance work for executive management activities, such as news conferences, and other revolving assignments based on the needs of the office. I know that my time here will be a great experience and I will gain unique knowledge that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my professional career.

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