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.
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.