Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Wing Kit Wu & Jeffrey Solomon

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.


WingKitWuWing Kit Wu is pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering at the CUNY City College of New York. He works in the Project Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I enjoy solving problems. Being able to find a solution to a problem/project that you have worked on for a long time feels very rewarding.

I am most interested in learning about the power industry while being here at NYPA because this is a field that I plan to focus on during my studies. A project that I will be involved with is called the PV-20 Submarine Cable Replacement in which various kinds of people will be involved with to replace cables that are at risk to disrupting services in parts of New York and Vermont.

A few skills that I plan to sharpen are related to team work and communication because they are very vital skills to have in every working environment. I will create value while interning at NYPA by learning as much as I can from my mentors about the project that we will be working on and by interacting with various kinds of people throughout the project to learn about their roles on the project.

My best friend would describe me as hardworking because I put a lot of effort in everything that I do.


JeffreySolomonJeffrey Solomon is pursuing his degree in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia. He works in the Asset Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose to major in Systems Engineering because I enjoy the key concepts of defining a system and its objectives as well as data analysis of the system.

I really look forward in learning how to use Maximo effectively for asset management and hope to get involved with projects involving Maximo as well as actually seeing the assets in person at NYPA’s sites.

I am hoping to sharpen my professional skills, communication, business knowledge, as well as my data analysis skills and using Maximo.

My best friend would describe me as a hard-working, positive guy who loves to laugh and learn.

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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.

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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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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Michael Laoye

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.

Michael Laoye is a senior at Pennsylvania State University, pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Power Systems. He is currently working in the White Plains office in the Electrical Engineering department.

Presently, I am working on the operations of transformers and any faults associated with it. More specifically, I am building a database that will help determine the defects of transformers before and after the fault occurs. These defects are determined through DGA. DGA, or dissolved gas analysis, is a tool many professionals in the power industry use to detect faults in transformers. I intend on using this tool to our advantage here at NYPA to help in our diagnostics of transformers. My mentor, James Sheldon, has been beneficial throughout this process and has taught me the intricacies of transformers. With the knowledge I have learned, I hope to make this database a useful source for NYPA.

Coming into the power industry I had no expectations, other than it is a great career path to choose. Everyone has heard the saying, “Everyone needs electricity.” This saying is one of the reasons why I wanted to work in the power industry, especially NYPA. I wanted to assist in NYPA’s goal of providing low-cost, clean, and reliable power.

So far, it has been a great experience visiting several facilities, such as the St. Lawrence Power Project and the 500MW Power Plant, and learning what each site has to offer. Before my internship comes to an end, I’ll have more knowledge about the power industry than I came in with. I am grateful for having this opportunity to contribute towards NYPA’s goal and working with remarkable people, in addition to my mentor, such as Kathryn O’Toole and Natasha Owczarek, who both have been very helpful in this process.

In my spare time, I enjoy being active and learning about automobiles. I take pleasure in playing basketball, football, and going to the gym. I also appreciate the fine cars that the automobile industry has to offer, especially the Tesla Model S which is every engineer’s dream.

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Summer Intern Series: Maziar Vanouni

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.

Maziar Vanouni is a fourth-year graduate student at North Carolina State University pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Power Engineering. He works in the Research and Technology Development Department at the White Plains Office.

This summer, I am working on a research project in collaboration with some of the R&TD staff as well as participating in some technical meetings with research companies and institutes. My research at NYPA involves developing and implementing a real-time voltage stability evaluation method using a wide area measurement system (WAMS). This project will help provide online monitoring of the power grid’s power transfer capability.

As an intern, I hope to learn about the different perspectives of various industries and utilities, whether in their objectives, concerns, or communication skills.

In my opinion, being at NYPA has helped me develop a better picture of what a utility needs and expects from its employees and I am so glad about it.

I see my career goal as being a researcher involved in those kinds of energy related problems which are of practical concern and values for utilities—I believe NYPA has helped in that sense.

Outside of work and school, I generally like hanging out with friends, being in nature for any excuse (with special interest in fishing), traveling, and seeing different people.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Miriam Gonzalez

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.

Miriam Gonzalez is a senior at SUNY Maritime College pursuing her B.E. in Electrical Engineering. She works in the Metering Department at the 500-MW Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Astoria, Queens.

My responsibilities include daily review of meter data and transmitting this data to the Energy Control Center (ECC). Additionally, I test advanced smart meters before they are installed in the field, and I work on meter block diagrams through the analysis of engineering drawings. I have had the opportunity to be involved in the Build Smart NY (BSNY) Metering Upgrade project to provide interval metering to NYPA onsite buildings to track and evaluate our energy efficiency. In this project, I had the opportunity to do a walkthrough of one of the NYPA power generation facilities, Blenheim-Gilboa (BG) Pumped Storage Power Project. From there, I created a preliminary scope and then did a man-hour and material cost estimate, which all went into the scope. Working on this gave me a glimpse of what goes into a large scale project.

Currently, I am working on the St. Lawrence (STL) Park Station Service meter upgrades. This project requires I test the meters for accuracy and set up communication with MV-90, our interval data collection software. I also program these meters; each meter may require a very specific program. While I joined this project at its tail-end, I have received a good sense of what goes into installing meters with this project, as well a greater understanding of how many different meters work.

Working with NYPA has challenged me in many ways by exposing me to aspects of engineering that I have never experienced before. I have had opportunities to write technical documents for projects, while still being able to see the inner workings of a facility. I hope to learn a little bit about each NYPA power generation facility.

I’ve always enjoyed wiring and taking things apart. In my spare time, I like playing video games with my friends, bicycling, and drawing.

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Summer Intern Series: Francisco Martinez

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.

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.

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