Summer Intern Series: Satish Ravi & Jacob Brennan

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.

IMG_1509Satish Ravi is pursuing his degree in Energy Systems at Northeastern University. He works in our Energy Resource Management department in our White Plains office. 

I am majoring in Energy Systems with a minor in Electrical Engineering. My industrial experience is in power generation and I picked this course to strengthen my skills in energy business analytics.

I am very passionate about getting accustomed with the energy market structures and I believe that by the end of this internship, I will achieve my goals. I am presently involved with the technical and strategic analysis related to Regional Green Gas House Initiative (RGGI) and shadowing Capacity market auctions.

The real time market depends on a lot of factors and to create an economical viable plan is really important. To do so, we need to coordinate with interrelated departments to devise our strategy, which may deviate from the real time markets but we should be ready to adapt to the challenges.

I am most excited to actually be a part of the Commercial Energy Operations department and wish to sharpen my business analytics skills and financial energy modelling.

My best friend would describe me as a ‘Hardworking and flexible person’.

Jacob Brennan Intern Profile Series PictureJacob Brennan is pursuing his degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He works in the Energy Services and Implementation department in our White Plains office. 

I chose Chemical Engineering as my major because chemistry is fascinating and the engineering applications of it interest me. I am currently working in the Energy Services and Implementation department, which I hope will allow me to learn more about the energy industry and potentially support in my future career as a chemical engineer.

I hope that I will be able to work on projects that allow me to better understand the energy efficiency industry and how it works and is connected. I would like to be able to expand and develop my technical skills my personal skills in working with other employees and my professional communication skills, which I have had only limited experience with up to this point.

I hope that I will be able to contribute to my department by assisting my fellow employees with their projects to execute projects on time, to provide constructive feedback on internal process and to apply my education to “real world “situations.

My best friend would describe me as a passionate and sometimes loud individual that is eager to learn, and equally eager to apply that knowledge to produce real benefits for the world.


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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NYPA Recognizes its Women in Engineering: Kaela Mainsah

Throughout March, we’ll be posting a series of interviews with NYPA’s female engineers in honor of Women’s History Month. Today’s entry features a Q&A session with NYPA Chemical Engineer Kaela Mainsah.

1. How did you enter the engineering field? How did you decide on your specialty? I decided on chemical engineering because I like chemistry and was interested in the industrial processes that enabled daily living. If you’ve ever eaten a chocolate bar, taken a pain killer or enjoyed a coffee at dawn – a chemical engineer has been involved in the creation of your experience.

Kaela Mainsah

Kaela Mainsah

2. Did you have a female engineer as a mentor? There were a few women in my undergraduate degree and others a few years ahead of us. Although they were not formal mentors, they inspired us by reminding us that we belonged. I know a personal mentor would have been a great help, and I am excited at the prospect and the wealth of female engineering mentors at NYPA.

3. What makes you proud to work at NYPA? How long have you worked here? I have been at NYPA for almost a year – I really enjoy the camaraderie and I am proud to be part of NYPA’s implementation of Executive Order 88 – I believe that strategies and initiatives employed as part of BuildSmart NY will have a lasting influence on the State Energy Efficiency Industry.

4. Did you face any obstacles in becoming an engineer? If so, which was the biggest one? I did find it challenging as a new engineer to find my place – I joined a company that had not hired a graduate engineer for a number of years; I was a novelty and constantly had to prove myself. They also did not have facilities at all the sites for women and I remember changing in closets once or twice.

5. What valuable lessons have you learned as your career as a female engineer has evolved? I have learned that diversity strengthens all teams because of the different perspectives we bring to solution design and problem solving. Ultimately, success at engineering requires the ability to communicate, solve problems and work within a team. As women have a well-known bias for team building teams and communicating effectively, I think women are built for engineering.

6. What advice would you offer young women considering engineering as a profession? I would tell young women that the engineering discipline is an excellent foundation for almost any discipline. Engineering particularly chemical engineering, touches a variety of industries and a wealth of opportunities to be involved in the manufacture of a wide range of products both at home and abroad.

7. If you had to use one word to describe your opinion of the engineering profession, what would it be? Undervalued! I feel that society values the end consumer product, the marketing and buzz without an appreciation for the technical engineering behind it. Engineers are responsible for a lot of innovation and business growth and the industry plays a critical role in economic growth…. engineers create jobs… in fact, they create industries.

8. What is one thing about yourself that most people would find surprising? I could speak perfect Mandarin at the age of 4 because my parents lived in China at the time. I have forgotten every word of it but I am sure it lurks in the dark recesses of my mind. Maybe I will try hypnosis!