Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Andrew Thibado

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.

Andrew Thibado, a junior at SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, is majoring in Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology, with a minor in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Mathematics. At NYPA, Andrew worked at the Energy Control Center (ECC) located at the Frederick R. Clark Energy Center in Marcy N.Y.

Andrew Thibado

Andrew Thibado

The internship program at NYPA was a great experience for me, both in knowledge gained and exposure to the workplace. I had the privilege of working at the Clark Energy Center in the Energy Control Center (ECC), where I have been able to observe the power grid as a whole through operations and technical support. I have learned so much about electrical engineering through this real world experience and I know it will be extremely beneficial to me in my future endeavors.

I have been able to work on many issues and tasks that the engineers here at the ECC are faced with every day. I was fortunate to assist in developing a formula to calculate the number of pump hours it takes to fill the upper reservoir at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant. I also helped update the network model of the New York grid, providing me with an in-depth look at the entire power system across New York State – including NYPA-owned assets. I also took the lead in redesigning the ECC website which provided me with valuable experience in coordinating a project.

My time at NYPA has been a great experience and has helped me reaffirm my career goals and future aspirations, which is the power utility field. I would specifically like to thank my co-workers Brent Blanchard and Chris Powers, along with my supervisor Derrick Piper.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Parisa Fardanesh

Parisa Fardanesh

Parisa Fardanesh

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 week, we will feature one summer intern and provide a weekly snapshot of their internship experiences.

Parisa Fardanesh, a Manhattan College senior, is majoring in Civil Engineering. At NYPA, Parisa worked in the Civil/Structural Engineering work group.

My intern experience with New York Power Authority was extremely valuable. Over the course of the internship I was able to work on and be a part of various projects which have expanded my knowledge of the power industry. I admire how friendly the work environment is at NYPA, and appreciate those who have taken the time to teach me about different projects and answer my questions. The opportunity to learn about what others do here has shown me that everyone plays an integral role in working towards NYPA’s mission.

Since the Civil/Structural Engineering work group does such a wide variety of work jobs – ranging from design to rehabilitation, to inspections and emergency planning – I was able to observe many things. Some of my internship highlights include learning about flashboards and being able to see flashboard pins being tested. I also enjoyed being able to see robotic innovation at the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant, where robotic equipment that would advance operational performance and longevity of power facilities was demonstrated.

Interning at NYPA has proved to be a very valuable opportunity. I have learned to multitask, prioritize projects and communicate with others to get the job. Most importantly, it was rewarding to feel like a part of the team.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Justin Jackson

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.

Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson, a Clarkson University senior, is majoring in Civil Engineering. At NYPA, Justin works in the General Maintenance work group which is responsible for civil/structural and facility maintenance at the St. Lawrence-FDR Hydroelectric Power Project.

My summer with New York Power Authority has been full of opportunities for hands-on learning experience. As a civil engineering intern at the St. Lawrence Power Project, I have been exposed to a number of things ranging from the design of small storage bunkers and a drainage line to assisting field engineers on a piezometer casing replacement. (POWER FACT: A piezometer is an instrument used to measure the water pressure in the ground beneath a water retaining structure.) While participating in the inspection of all four concrete dams, every earthen dike and most of the outlying facilities which encompass the St. Lawrence Power Project, I learned about inspection techniques, FERC requirements, and dam safety surveillance and monitoring equipment.

A big advantage of being an intern on the St. Lawrence Power Project has been the ability to see the Robert Moses Power Dam. One of my most memorable moments of the summer came when I had the opportunity to walk inside the scroll case of a dewatered generating unit.

Overall, my experience at the Power Authority has been fantastic. I have met many knowledgeable people and would specifically like to thank everyone at the St. Lawrence Power Project for the time that was invested in teaching and training me. It has been an incredible way to learn how power is generated and transmitted throughout New York State.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Katherine Kroening

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.

Katherine Kroening, a Clarkson University senior, is majoring in Civil Engineering. At NYPA, Katherine works in the Mechanical Maintenance/General Maintenance work group which is responsible for all mechanical and civil/structural upkeep and maintenance of the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant.

Katherine Kroening

Katherine Kroening

I have found my internship with New York Power Authority to be a very rewarding experience. In the time I have been here, I have learned so many things that cannot be taught in a classroom.

One of the most important lessons thus far is learning how to interact with contractors. There are many conversations that require an open mind, patience and a strong understanding of the specifications of a project. There are numerous obstacles that arise during a project that must be resolved and I am confident that the quick problem-solving tactics, I am developing with the help of my mentors, will be used throughout my engineering career.

I have been fortunate to spend time both in the field on construction sites and in the office learning about the planning process behind maintenance work. I gained experience in programs such as Maximo, and had the opportunity to use work orders and purchase requisitions. I have also been exposed to design work, including the design of additional beam supports in a building to support a HVAC system. All of these experiences have greatly enhanced my understanding of the overall construction process.

Before my internship, I was unsure of whether design or project management would be a fitting path for me. The exposure I have had at the Power Authority has helped me to understand the pros and cons of each and has allowed me to feel more comfortable making a decision to focus on project management. I am grateful for the internship opportunity and for the various skills I have learned. I would like to thank my mentors Ed Barbiero, Eustace Mendez and Pete Watkins, who have offered guidance throughout my experience here.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Nicholas Trifu

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.

Nicholas Trifu

Nicholas Trifu

Nicholas Trifu, a St. John’s University junior, is majoring in Computer Science with a Cyber Security Concentration. At NYPA, Nicholas works in the Application Development and Support work group which is responsible for the design and implementation of operational systems for enterprise applications.

My time at New York Power Authority has already exposed me to a variety of different experiences and provided a platform for me to put into practice the concepts and methods I have learned at school. Currently, I am working to develop a new application for the entry and tracking of SF6 (Sulfur Hexafluoride) gas, an inflammable gas widely used as an insulator for electrical equipment. It must be reported by NYPA because it is a known greenhouse gas. This project and others have allowed me to refine and apply my database and application development skills.

I have also come to understand the importance of networking. I am making business connections in the power industry that I would not have made otherwise.

During my remaining weeks at NYPA, I hope to continue improving my skills, build more relationships and increase my overall knowledge about energy and business. I am grateful for the opportunity that NYPA has granted me and plan to take full advantage of it.

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