NYPA Engineers, NYPA Staff

NYPA Recognizes its Engineers: Mohammad Latif

During Engineers Week (February 22-28), follow along as we interview some of NYPA’s best engineers.

Meet Mohammad Latif, an Electrical Engineer who has been with NYPA for two years.


How did you enter the engineering field? How did you decide on what you wanted to specialize in?

Growing up in a household of a schoolteacher back in Bangladesh, I only had two options for the future: doctor or engineer. After graduating High School, I decided to study veterinary medicine and even completed three years of vet school in Bangladesh before immigrating to USA. However, once in New York, due to various obstacles I could not pursue the veterinarian path and thus reverted to the second choice at hand; engineering. I must say, looking back I am very happy with the choice I had made.

I was 10 years old when my village first got electricity. That old black light switch and the 100W incandescent light bulb was a whole new world to me. I witnessed the impact on how electricity can change human life. You can say that was the reason I chose electrical engineering in college.

What makes you proud to work at NYPA?

I am greatly appreciative of the teamwork and support that each of us has amongst our group members. By working with NYPA, I feel as though I am making a contribution towards the greater New York State.

What do you love most about engineering?

Engineering is hands on and I love that. I can see the impact my actions have on the projects going in and out. It allows me to learn and grow my understanding each and every day.

What advice would you offer to someone who’s considering a career in engineering?

You must love what you do and do it to the best of your ability. If you are not comfortable with math, science and analytical thinking, this field may not be right for you. However, if you excel in these areas and want to design tasks that effect everyday life; this is a great path to take.

What does engineering mean to you?

Detect the PROBLEMS – find & create the SOLUTIONS – make the DECISIONS.

What is one thing about yourself that most people would find surprising?

Looking at where I am now, most people would find it surprising that when I first came to New York, I worked as a dish washer then bus boy, barista, food runner, cook, waiter, NYC taxi driver, NYS Home Inspector and finally an Electrical Engineer. I’ve done it all!

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NYPA Engineers, NYPA Staff

NYPA Recognizes Its Engineers: Randy Solomon

During Engineers Week (February 22-28), follow along as we interview some of NYPA’s best engineers.

Meet Randy Solomon, Director of Energy Services Delivery at NYPA.

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How did you enter the engineering field? How did you decide on what you wanted to specialize in?

I always liked science and math and how things worked, so I chose to study engineering in college. I chose to get a degree in industrial engineering because it was a good mix of business and engineering principles. My uncle also graduated in this field and was very successful in his career.

What makes you proud to work at NYPA?

I am proud to be a part of NYPA’s initiatives to lower energy usage and reduce greenhouse gases in New York State. I feel that this is making a difference for future generations.

What do you love most about engineering?

I love to solve technical, or really any type of problems. Engineers love to find solutions, implement them and then see the results.

What advice would you offer to someone who’s considering a career in engineering?

It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to get an engineering degree. Do not get discouraged with poor test grades at the start or at any point. Persistence pays off in school and later in life. Keep forging ahead if this is your goal. Also, keep in mind that people are important in the solution of any problem. Thus, excellent communication skills (writing and verbal) are a huge benefit to having a successful career as an engineer.

What does engineering mean to you?

It means solving problems to make the world a better place.

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NYPA Recognizes Its Engineers: Femina Fernandes

During Engineers Week (February 22-28), follow along as we interview some of NYPA’s best engineers.

Meet Femina Fernandes, an Associate System Planning Engineer, who has been with NYPA for 3 years.

How did you enter the engineering field?

Initially, I wanted to be a doctor, but it turns out I was better at Math and Physics than I was at Biology! While at engineering school, I started spending a lot more time in the Power Systems lab and I realized that this was my calling. That’s when I decided to become a proud Electrical Engineer.

What makes you proud to work at NYPA?

NYPA is a great place to work at. Among other things, there is great field exposure, good mentors, lots of different fields under the same roof to learn from and a diverse working atmosphere. As an Engineer, there are a lot of generation & transmission projects to keep you busy.

What do you love most about engineering?

Engineering is a challenging field. There are many different solutions for one problem and finding the best one is the key. There is always something new to learn and with growing technology, there is always something old to improve. It’s a win-win.

What advice would you offer to someone who’s considering a career in engineering?

It’s not for the faint hearted. Any form of engineering requires constant attention to detail and a lot of solution seeking. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a great career choice.

What does engineering mean to you?

Engineering to me means solving a problem and then fine tuning it some more. At the end of the day, and after all the hard work you put in, you know you are contributing something important to society. In my case, that would be electricity.

The best part about the job is watching the projects you work on come to life!

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