Francisco Martinez is a second-year graduate student at the City College of New York. He is pursuing his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Telecommunications, and also has a Master’s in Power Systems from Mexico. He works in the Protection and Control Department at the White Plains Office.
During the past few weeks, I have been performing a detailed review and update of the NYPA Aspen Relay Database, protecting relay settings for some of the NYPA facilities such as Marcy and the 500-MW Combined-Cycle Power Plant. I have also been reviewing some relay schematics for the Flynn Power Plant to prepare upcoming equipment updates.
The internship has taught me much about power system protection and its different protective schemes. I have also learned about different relay software and hardware such as SIEMENS (Breaker failure protection), General Electric (Bus and Line protection), Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (Bus and Line protection), and Real Time Automation Controller (RTAC).
My most valuable experience at NYPA has been working with a great team in the Protection and Control department. My mentor has guided me on how to use some relay software and interpret relay schematics, and he has even included me in training sessions for relay protection devices. I also had the opportunity to visit the Flynn Power Plant for relay training.
One of my career goals is to learn more about relay protective devices in power system protections. I also want to combine my educational background in telecommunications and power systems with my experience at NYPA to work in smart grids and renewable energies projects.
During my free time, I like running and playing soccer, and I play drums and guitar. I also play the Marimbol, an Afro-Caribbean instrument, for a Mexican folk music band called Radio Jarocho. I like to do small projects with Arduino microcontrollers as well.