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Summer Intern Series: Abdoulaye Diallo & Joseph D’Alleman

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.


Abdoulaye Diallo is pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering at CUNY City College of New York.  He works in the Design & Drafting department in our White Plains office. 

Before transferring to City College to major in electrical engineering, I attended the New York City College of Technology for two years which gave me practical experience in the application of various electrical engineering concepts in design and implementation. I’m majoring in electrical engineering as I think it’s a nice amalgamation of mathematics and science. The field is also very concept based, especially the circuit design aspect, which at first was surprising to me since my high school circuit analysis classes gave me the impression of it being mainly rote memorization of methods of calculating various electrical values. Consequently, in the beginning of my college career, it was a challenge to force myself to focus on understanding concepts instead of methods of calculation, which while still important, should be placed secondary to understanding the concepts behind why circuits are designed the way they are.

During the internship, I want to increase my knowledge of multidisciplinary design packages, which the technically diverse group of civil, mechanical, and electrical designers in my department will be more than capable of providing me. Moreover, I want to improve my understanding of how power systems are designed, built, and maintained. I hope that my previous experience with AutoCAD will allow me to contribute to the Design & Drafting department in such a way as to lighten the workload for the whole team.

On a personal note, my best friend would describe be as reliable, hardworking, and goal-oriented. I’m finding out every day that these characteristics are of great value at NYPA. I’ll continue to try my best to hone all of these characteristics to become the best engineer I could be.


Joseph D'Alleman Intern Series Profile PictureJoseph D’Alleman is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He works in the Facilities Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I am a very technical person and enjoy understanding how things work. I enjoy working in the Facilities Management department because I am extremely passionate about learning how everything operates around the building. I hope to be involved with as many projects as I can. Each project requires a lot of planning and time. In order to be able to plan accordingly for the projects, you must first know and understand the specific topic at hand. I enjoy understanding each project that comes up and the more projects I am involved with, the more I will learn about various topics.

I never realized how much goes into facility management. There is always something going on as well as plenty of information to know and understand. This can be a bit overwhelming at first, however it’s all part of the fun! I am hoping to have a better understanding of how the machines work throughout the building and what maintenance and repairs are needed to keep the building operating. I am also hoping to enhance my drafting skills and my Microsoft office capabilities.

At NYPA, I will create value through demonstrating my engineering knowledge I’ve learned thus far in order to create a new and efficient look on current processes. I hope to assist the facility management team in as many ways as I can in order for them to continue maintaining the building as well as they have been. My best friend would describe me as curious, determined and eager to learn. I take as many opportunities as I can every day to absorb new knowledge and use it for my future endeavors.

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Summer Intern Series: Pratyush Kulwal & Colin Sickles

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.


Pratyush Kulwal is a graduate student studying Information Management at Syracuse University. He works in the IT PMO group in our White Plains office. 

I chose Information Management major as I believe that specialization in this field would help me to not only keep pace with the changing technology, but also act as bridge between humans and computers. The enormous information that is generated these days is of little use to human society if it cannot be processed through an efficient information system. Therefore, my aim is to design and improvise systems that bridge every possible gap between human needs and technological challenges that act as barriers to addressing those needs.

I work in the IT PMO group, where I am learning to interact with different business departments of NYPA in order to develop efficient IT systems.  I believe I would be able to leverage on my technical skills and my communication skills to create value in the organization.

My best friend would describe me as open-minded, logical, humorous, and friendly.  They would say that I like to have fun, but I am very efficient when the time comes to get work done accurately and reliably.



IMG_7525Colin Sickles is pursuing his degree in Operations (MIS) at Oswego State University. He works in the Procurement department in our White Plains office. 

My major is Operations (MIS). I choose this major as all aspects of business need the support of a portfolio of applications to assist business processes and having the knowledge to implement and configure these applications is a great first step in establishing a new employee in a company.

I am most passionate in learning about business processes and how computer applications assist in accomplishing business objectives. I hope to assist with the implementation of a new interactive customer procurement application that will greatly facilitate the contractual process.  This cloud based application has leading edge e-commerce and supplier management capabilities.

I have found that writing computer language code to be challenging, as it is unforgiving to the smallest syntax errors.  Fortunately, there are many niches in the field where this is less important as systems analysts bridge the gap between the coders and the business by defining and documenting business requirements.

I hope to sharpen my system analyst skills which includes: knowledge of hardware, software and programming, a creative approach to problem-solving, the ability to gather and interpret information, communication and presentation skills, as well as the ability to explain technical ideas clearly.

I will create value at NYPA within my internship to make sure my learning experience fits in with the organization’s overall operational objectives and well as the objectives of the department I am in and those of my manager. My personal goal is to learn how new and established applications aid the existing business processes and assist with the implementations and configuration.

My best friend would describe me as an outgoing and optimistic person. As well as, a person who is always there for them and willing to go the extra mile.  

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Summer Intern Series: Stefanie Cerrone & Andrew Wu

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.


Stefanie Cerrone is currently attending the Elisabeth Haub School of Law (formerly Pace Law School). She works in our Legal Department in the White Plains office. 

I chose to attend law school because I hope to one day change some laws. I’m most passionate about learning and understanding how clean energy is generated while here at NYPA.

I am excited to work on relicensing projects and litigation matters.  The most challenging part of legal work is synthesizing the law and figuring out how a given fact pattern fits into it. I am hoping to sharpen my legal research and writing skills while interning at NYPA.

My best friends would describe me as hardworking, funny, and genuine.

 


Andrew Wu is currently a masters student at CUNY Baruch College. He works in the Program Strategy & Development group in our Customer Energy Solutions department out of the White Plains office.  

I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Quantitative Methods and Modeling. I chose it because I like maths, and this major is all about solving real world problems using quantitative methods.

My role at NYPA combines both technology skills and industry understandings. For example, when I work on projects such as Peak Load Management, I need to learn and understand both the tech side and the meaning of this project.

One of the bigger challenges I’ve had is understanding some words and acronyms that are new to me, such as PLM, NYISO, electricity surcharge, etc, so I will need to figure out the meaning of them in the context of the business that we are operating. As an international student, I hope I can enhance my communication skills during internship.

While at NYPA, I’ll provide value by remaining fully dedicated, and contribute my skills and previous industry knowledge into the work I do. My best friend would describe me as smart and hard-working. 

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Summer Intern Series: Caroline Guttridge & Bristy Dutta

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.


Caroline Guttridge is pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University. She works in the Project Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose this major for the many different career paths the field can lead into, including the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and power industries, as well as its application to everyday life.

I am most passionate about seeing the range of projects the Project Management department handles, as well as the various technical details, scope differences, and financial aspects of the work. It will be interesting to learn about a project’s life cycle and the role different engineering disciplines and backgrounds play in each project.

I hope to experience projects in many different phases. Most projects take years to complete, but I have the opportunity to work with some projects just beginning, some under evaluation from contractors, and some under construction, which will provide experience with each phase of the project life cycle in just one summer.

One challenge that I’ve experienced in this field is that I have not had the opportunity to gain business experience in my engineering studies; as such, I began unaware of the ways a company operates, and without a clear understanding of how the engineering goals and each business unit’s must align with those of the overall organization. I hope to strengthen my ability to clearly and concisely convey messages and goals between different departments depending on scope and detail, as this is a major part of Project Management’s role.

I will be a valuable asset here at NYPA because I am open to working on projects and tasks outside of my previous knowledge and education. This will bring a new perspective that may offer different solutions and ideas. My best friend would describe me as engaged and enthusiastic, as well as level headed when evaluating and discussing an issue or decision.


Bristy Dutta is a student pursuing her degree in Business Management at CUNY York College. She works in the Business Power Allocations and Compliance Group in our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I believe this field has a wide variety of career choices. In addition, I am confident that the graduates of business programs can make a positive impact in the world by creating employment, implementing efficiencies, and innovating beneficial products and services. Currently, I am working as an intern in the Business Power Allocations and Compliance Group in the Marketing Group which is part of the Economic Development and Energy Efficiency Department.

I previously interned at the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission coordinating data sets and presenting safety information to drivers and management. I also worked at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a translator among other things. I am fluent in Hindi, Bangla and Urdu.

I am very excited to be a part of NYPA and learning new skills in a business environment. At NYPA, I am learning general analytic skills pertaining to electric demand and energy usage as well as managing customer relationships through the evaluation of contractual commitments NYPA has with the customers. I will also be working on the ReCharge New York and Western New York Hydropower application evaluation process supporting the presentation of allocation recommendations to the Economic Development Power Allocation Board and the NYPA Board of Trustees. Lastly, I will be conducting various data reporting projects in the areas of customer allocations and compliance.

My best friend describes me as a very friendly, helpful and open minded person.

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Summer Intern Series: Caitlin Sanchez & Sam Gladstone

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.


Caitlin Sanchez is a student pursuing her degree in Operations and Information Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She works in our Human Resources Department in our White Plains office. 

SanchezI am interested in learning the logistics involved in handling a business and its employees. Therefore, I plan to declare Operations and Info Management as my major this coming fall.

At NYPA, I have the privilege of learning how to manage the internal controls of NYPA and its employees. I am most passionate about gaining experience in the corporate world working for the nation’s largest public power organization. I am looking forward to taking part in various projects that will expand my knowledge of the systematization of the power industry and its use of energy efficiency.

While here, I hope to learn what the business world is like outside of the classroom. I know that the opportunity I have been given to see how all departments of this organization plays an integral role in working towards a common goal will be a truly rewarding experience.

Because NYPA is such a large organization, an unexpected challenge that I have encountered in my field is the immense amount of individuals that the Human Resources department is accountable for. Coordinating activities for such an extensive community can be quite difficult at times, but with the help of the supportive and cooperative HR team these tasks become manageable.

As a full time student, I am accustomed to doing my work in a self-efficient way. However, as a developmental intern in NYPA’s HR department, I am a part of several teams here. Given this opportunity, I hope to strengthen my skills as a team member who is working for a shared objective.

I will create value while interning at NYPA by working to the best of my abilities to grasp and master all that NYPA has to offer, especially its reputable and constructive work ethic.

My best friend would describe me as dedicated and diligent. I am always up for a challenge and I do not give up easily.


Sam Gladstone is a graduate student pursuing his degree in Sustainability Management at Columbia University. He works in our Customer Energy Solutions group, specifically on K-Solar, in our White Plains office. 

SamGladstoneI picked Sustainability Management because while I studied Environmental Science during my undergraduate time, I wanted to further connect how the public and private sector and implement sustainable practices and specifically clean and renewable energy policies and investments into their operations.

I am most passionate about learning how public/private partnerships operate to achieve goals in the energy sector. At NYPA, I am hoping to get involved in further understanding how distributed solar projects get developed from start to finish.

One of the skills I’m hoping to sharpen is to be able to speak the language of renewable energy project development. There is a lot of terminology that goes along with developing project, and being able to fluently speak the language will go a long way when translating to customers, or negotiating with developers.

I hope to bring the knowledge I have learned this past year in graduate school to my work here at NYPA. I know that this will be a great place to combine my classroom experiences with real world applications.

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Summer Intern Series: Noah Brenner & Ryan Yetter

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.


Ryan Yetter is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Binghamton. He works in our Integrated Grid department in our White Plains office. 

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I picked engineering as my major because I was good at math and science in high school and I come from a family of engineers; both my father and grandfather are engineers. I am most passionate about learning the future of the electric grid and how the residential customer plays a role in the grid of the future.

I am hoping to get involved with Muni of the Future, a project  geared towards the research and implementation of intelligent load through the use of controlling water heaters, thermostats and the charging of electric vehicles. At NYPA, I hope to gain hands on experience in drafting reports, budgets and RFP’s.

An unexpected challenge while working in my field is the use of acronyms; while sitting in on my first meeting it seemed like every other word was an acronym, which is daunting at first, but now I have most of them memorized. I am hoping to sharpen my skills of communicating with customers, contractors, and fellow engineers working together on a project. During my internship, I will create value at NYPA by asking a lot of questions, getting things done the first time correctly, being known as reliable to get work done in a timely manner, and creating strong connections with my team.

My friends would describe me as a fun, honest, nice, reliable, happy, and the person that always comes over with a bag of chips!


BrennerNoah Brenner is pursuing his degree in Accounting at SUNY Binghamton. He works in our Procurement department in our White Plains office. 

I chose Accounting for the relative job security and as a means to entering the business world. While at NYPA, I look forward to learning from my co-workers and all that White Plains has to offer. I’m also hoping to get involved with the implementation and assimilation of a new processing system that will streamline Procurement procedures.

One of my biggest challenges with Accounting is convincing people that my major is more interesting than watching paint dry. I’m always looking to improve my communication skills as well as my technical Excel skills.

By using my time efficiently, I’ll be able to help more people at NYPA complete more projects.

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Summer Intern Series: Priya Aggarwal & Michael Rothstein

New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.


Priya AggarwalPriya Aggarwal is pursuing her degree in Civil Engineering at Cornell University. She works in our Civil/Structural Engineering Group in our White Plains office.

I originally majored in Chemical Engineering, but switched to Civil Engineering after I got involved in a project team on campus called AguaClara. AguaClara designs water treatment plants in India and Honduras, and being involved in improving the design and functions of water treatment plants sparked my interest in Civil Engineering.

Working with my project team, I realized that you cannot only work on the technical and engineering aspects of a project but also need to consider the social, environmental, and economic impacts, which is very challenging. My experience with AguaClara will help me create value at NYPA, since it has given me an understanding that both technical and communication skills are important.

Working as an intern with Operations – Civil/Structural Engineering group, I am very excited to learn more about hydropower and gain an understanding of how engineering principles must be applied when inspecting and maintaining a plant. Currently, I am learning how safety factors are determined for the dams, and I am looking forward to sharpening my engineering and professional skills as I work with the experienced engineers in my group.

My best friend would describe me as hardworking and intelligent, which is fitting as those are two qualities you must have as an engineer.


Michael Rothstein Intern Profile Series PictureMichael Rothstein is pursuing his degree in Information Science, with a concentration in User Experience at Cornell University. He works in our Information Technology department in our White Plains office.

I chose this major because I believe new technologies should be easy and enjoyable for everyone to use, not just those who are tech savvy. While interning here, I look forward to learning more about how NYPA is able to power New York, especially through its information infrastructure.

Most of my experience in my field has come through course studies.  One of the major unexpected challenges I’ve found is recruiting people to participate in research studies.  Designing and implementing the studies is challenging, but creating an experiment is supposed to be difficult. I look forward to increasing my knowledge of information infrastructure, and understanding how information is passed from sensors to servers to users.

I’m a big picture kind of guy, but I can also focus on small details when necessary.  I’m very self-sufficient, and do not need much oversight.  I’m also extremely coachable; I like to learn and do not need to be taught the same thing twice.

My best friend would describe me as open-minded, considerate, and dry-humored.  He would say that I like to have fun, but am very effective when the time comes to buckle down and get work done.

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