NYPA Staff

NYPA Goes for the Gold!

HTWorthingtonOlympicsThis August, billions of pairs of eyes are glued to screens around the world watching their favorite events during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Everyone loves great athletic competition, but how many people can claim a direct relation to an actual Olympian? Julieanne Sullivan, NYPA’s Media Relations Manager for Economic Development, can claim several Olympians as part of her family!

Harry Thomas Worthington, Julieanne’s grandfather, was a nationally ranked track and field athlete during the early 20th century. His main event was the long jump, and in 1912 he participated in the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, placing fourth and narrowly missing his chance to earn a medal. Later, in 1915-16, Worthington was the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) long jump champion.

“He had a truly amazing life. The 1912 Olympics were just the beginning. My family was always so proud of him,” says Julieanne.

Additional stats on Worthington can be found here.

traceolympicsYes, you read that correctly. Media Relations Manager Julieanne Sullivan has an impressive Olympic lineage. In addition to her grandfather and 1912 Olympic track star Harry Worthington, Julieanne can also claim Trace “the Ace” Worthington as a cousin.

Trace Worthington enjoyed a spectacularly successful career as a freestyle skier. From 1986, when he won the aerials gold at the World Junior Championships to his retirement in the fall of 1997, he won 39 World Cup events, had 79 career podium finishes, was the World Cup Combined Champion three times and the World Cup Aerials Champion in 1995. His two gold medals at the World Championships in 1995 (aerials and combined), is an achievement never duplicated by ANY freestyle skier.

Trace also competed on two separate Olympic teams, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather Harry. Ski Racing Magazine named him Freestyle Skier of the Year from 1992 to 1995 and International Skier of the Year in 1993.

For more on Trace’s skiing career check out this Rolling Stone story from February, 1994 and his current Twitter page.

Stay tuned for more Olympians with a NYPA connection.

Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Miranda Chiarella & Nathaniel Zogby

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.

Miranda Chiarella is pursuing her degree in Business Administration at SUNY Geneseo. She works in the Economic Development – Power Contract department in our White Plains office. 

My major is Business Administration, with minors in finance and mathematics. I picked my major and minors because they allow me to pursue a career where I am able to combine my interests of working with others on a team, as well as working with numbers, simultaneously.

I am most passionate about learning the ins and outs of the different programs offered here as NYPA as well as the different responsibilities of the analysts in the Power Contracts department. I am hoping to get involved with the hydro curtailment process, as well as the renewal of contracts.

One unexpected challenge I have encountered so far during my time here at NYPA is picking up on the jargon. Although I was expecting there to be some technical business terms I would be unfamiliar with, I was unaware of how many different terms and acronyms I would be unfamiliar with pertaining to the different programs that NYPA offers.

I am hoping to sharpen my skills on Excel, as well as my public speaking skills during my time here. I will create value while interning at NYPA by staying focused on my tasks, and asking as many questions as I can.

My best friend would describe me as dedicated, passionate, and caring.

Nathaniel Zogby  Intern Profile Series Picture 3Nathaniel Zogby is pursuing his degree in Computer Science at SUNY University at Buffalo. He works in our Economic Development – Business Marketing department in the White Plains office. 

I’m majoring in Computer Science. I’d grown up learning how to code and found many diverse interests in the skyrocketing evolution of computers and how that fits in with everyday people.

I am most passionate about how our data is used to spark changes which supply mutual benefits between both NYPA and its clients. I hope to be able to work on projects which enable me to contribute to the progressive nature of NYPA’s energy efficiency goals.

The biggest challenge I’ve encountered is figuring out ways to break down and communicate complex ideas so that everyone in your group is able to explicitly map component solutions to the problem at hand. I hope to improve my communication, problem solving, and Excel and general Microsoft Office proficiency skills.

By offering as much time as I can to learn and apply all the skills necessary to accomplish NYPA’s goal of optimizing energy efficiency, I will be able to provide value to the organization. My best friend would describe me probably as a laid back nerd who lives an odd, yet diverse lifestyle.


Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: David Wang

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.

David Wang is a graduate student at Hofstra University pursuing his Masters in Information Technology. He works in the Economic Development and Energy Efficiency Department at the White Plains Office.

Over the summer, I’ve been working with the Customer Load Forecasting, Scheduling and Settlement, and Pricing and Marketing Analysis teams.

In my first month at NYPA, I read a lot about the way NYISO (New York Independent System Operator) works. Knowing the “big picture” helps me to better understand my work. In addition to learning the background information, I have worked on two projects: Government Saving, which is completed, and PRC Munis Energy Allotment, which is still in progress.

Government Saving is a project comparing how much NYPA charges our customers with how much ConEdison would charge them. PRC Munis Energy Allotment is a procedure our customers need to follow to receive their monthly and daily allotments. My jobs are to revise the procedure and visualize the data to help the analysts check if our customers have violated this procedure.

Thanks to my supervisor Christine Schmitt, the managers Egle Travis, Gian Deluca, and Michael Quinn, and all the teams’ members, my work skills have improved and my interest in the energy industry has grown significantly.

Outside of school, I’m a sports fan. I play soccer, tennis, and basketball, and I love skiing and swimming. I also like to draw when I have spare time.

Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Jake Shemtob

Jake ShemtobNew 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.

Jake Shemtob is a student at Fairfield University pursuing his degree in Economics. He works in the Customer Load Forecasting Group in Marketing & Economic Development at the White Plains office.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from my internship at NYPA. My studies in economics have concentrated primarily in financial markets. Here at NYPA, I have been able to apply my quantitative, analytical, and critical thinking skills in a completely new field that I had little to no prior knowledge about aside from looking at our NYSEG bill at home.

In the CLF group, my primary objectives are to work with short term load forecasting to study and update different models and thresholds so that the CLF group can continue to provide accurate load forecasting for all of NYPA’s customers. Additionally, I have worked with Peak Load Management by running the daily PLM Forecast Report to forecast the total state energy load, as well as investigating areas for possible expansion of demand response and peak shaving initiatives for municipal customers.

Currently, I am working on a study to understand existing metering contingency process in order to either validate the existing contingency metering process or provide recommendations on what meter process would provide the optimal forecasting results.

Thanks to the CLF group and the countless people who work with me in Marketing and Economic Development (especially my excellent co-mentors Dan Johnsen and Colleen McConnell, my inspiring manager Gian DeLuca, PLM analyst and Excel master Dan Smilowitz, fellow CLF team member Andrew Stewart, as well as Mike Lupo, Mike Huvane, Keith Hayes, and Eric Bowers), my skill set has grown exponentially and my interest in the energy industry has grown immensely. Every day at NYPA has been enriching and I look forward to continue learning, growing, and networking throughout the rest of my time here.