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.

Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: James Oddy

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.

James Oddy is a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Environmental Studies. He works in the Operations Technology department at the Niagara Power Project.

Prior to coming to NYPA, I had not been exposed to networking systems of the Niagara Power Project’s extent and saw an opportunity to learn more about Real-Time Systems. The past couple of weeks here have been a great experience, and I have seen a lot of the Niagara Power Project’s main facilities. I am still being introduced to many of the electrical structures within the plants and how these structures come together to drive the facilities’ networks and electrical systems.

I have been able to see many of the major components that make up Niagara’s facilities and inner workings. I have visited the Lewiston Pump Generation Plant, the Robert Moses Power Plant, the Switch Yard, the Warehouse, and the Power Vista. Within each plant, I was able to see much of the equipment in use, such as the turbine, the exciter, the stator, the wicket gates, and the Remote Terminal Unit, which controls the other units through SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). I also had the privilege to visit the operator’s room to learn how the system I’ll be working on contributes to this work.

This summer, I will be working primarily inside the SCADA room and dealing with the VDS (Video Display System), DACS (Data and Acquisition Control System), and SCADA systems, each of which contributes considerably to the overall networking and controls of the plant’s operations. I have been provided with great mentors and have already learned a lot. I can tell that I will have a very valuable experience working here.

Outside of school and work, my main interests are outdoor activities. In the winter, I am an avid skier and snowboarder, while in the summer, I enjoy water skiing and wakeboarding. I am also a musician and play many sports, including golf, tennis, and baseball.

NYPA Engineers, NYPA Staff

NYPA Recognizes its Engineers: Mohammad Latif

During Engineers Week (February 22-28), follow along as we interview some of NYPA’s best engineers.

Meet Mohammad Latif, an Electrical Engineer who has been with NYPA for two years.

How did you enter the engineering field? How did you decide on what you wanted to specialize in?

Growing up in a household of a schoolteacher back in Bangladesh, I only had two options for the future: doctor or engineer. After graduating High School, I decided to study veterinary medicine and even completed three years of vet school in Bangladesh before immigrating to USA. However, once in New York, due to various obstacles I could not pursue the veterinarian path and thus reverted to the second choice at hand; engineering. I must say, looking back I am very happy with the choice I had made.

I was 10 years old when my village first got electricity. That old black light switch and the 100W incandescent light bulb was a whole new world to me. I witnessed the impact on how electricity can change human life. You can say that was the reason I chose electrical engineering in college.

What makes you proud to work at NYPA?

I am greatly appreciative of the teamwork and support that each of us has amongst our group members. By working with NYPA, I feel as though I am making a contribution towards the greater New York State.

What do you love most about engineering?

Engineering is hands on and I love that. I can see the impact my actions have on the projects going in and out. It allows me to learn and grow my understanding each and every day.

What advice would you offer to someone who’s considering a career in engineering?

You must love what you do and do it to the best of your ability. If you are not comfortable with math, science and analytical thinking, this field may not be right for you. However, if you excel in these areas and want to design tasks that effect everyday life; this is a great path to take.

What does engineering mean to you?

Detect the PROBLEMS – find & create the SOLUTIONS – make the DECISIONS.

What is one thing about yourself that most people would find surprising?

Looking at where I am now, most people would find it surprising that when I first came to New York, I worked as a dish washer then bus boy, barista, food runner, cook, waiter, NYC taxi driver, NYS Home Inspector and finally an Electrical Engineer. I’ve done it all!

Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Kyle Pedersen

DSC06269New 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.

Kyle Pedersen is a student at Clarkson University pursuing his degree in Computer Science, with an Electrical Engineering minor. He works in the Maintenance Resource Management Department at the Clark Energy Center in Marcy, NY.

So far, my first month an NYPA has been a great experience. I’ve gained valuable knowledge about the scope of the power system and how all of the various components and systems interact on a physical level, as well as the sheer amount of work required to manage and maintain it.

I have had the privilege of visiting the Control buildings and CSC (Convertible Static Compensator) at the Marcy Switchyard, the Jarvis Hydroelectric Dam, and soon, the ECC (Energy Control Center) at Clark Energy Center. These visits allow me to fully understand the practical implications and reasons behind the data I pull from software and put into reports on a daily basis; as well as truly understand the dialogue at the meetings where it is discussed.

I look forward to being a valuable contributor to NYPA through diligently expanding my knowledge base and working alongside NYPA personnel. I appreciate this opportunity and I thank my supervisor, Dan Herrmann, for his guidance and support, ensuring my success here at NYPA.

Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: James Simko

photoThe 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.

James Simko is a student at the City College of New York, pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering. He works in the Maintenance Department at the Poletti Power Project 500MW plant in Astoria, NY.

My workload at NYPA has been an interesting mix of multiple projects in various stages of planning and execution. I spent a good portion of my time after the safety meetings reading manuals on plant operations, steam turbine operations, and how a Heat Recovery Steam Generator works, as well as the operation of a GE MK VI controller. I have been fortunate enough to be included in two greenfield projects, as well as several projects that are mid-process. One involves setting up a weather station at the plant to ensure that our plant efficiency readings based on ambient temperature are accurate.

I have also been tasked with designing a permanent solution for oil detection and sump drainage logging of our Fuel Forwarding Skid that will eventually be implemented with our other skid drain sumps. Additionally, I was able to inspect the existing cable tray in the 500MW plant to ensure it complies with NEC standards and work with an outside consulting firm to confirm the repairs that have been made. Finally, I’ve been brought on to an environmental project to help track down the exact flow of our storm water through our drain system to help develop a spill response plan.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with experienced engineers such as my supervisor, John Mustaro, and mentor, Adil Shaikh, who have given me a level of autonomy and trust on these projects while also keeping an open door policy and making sure that if I find myself in need of any resource or reference, they show me exactly how to find it.

Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Bentley John

internThe 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.

Bentley John is attending SUNY Maritime College, where he is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently works in the Engineering and Design Group at the White Plains Office.

Interning under the Engineering and Design group has been an absolute privilege. The opportunity has not only introduced me to the technologies used in Energy Efficiency, but has also provided me an insight to the engineering design process.

Under direct supervision, I have been able to draft and modify electrical schematics and planning diagrams for New York City Transit projects. The focus is on providing the ability for them to participate in PLM during peak load times, while still maintaining emergency power availability to transit facilities. The electrical drawings play a vital role when presenting our proposed designs to the customer’s end users and construction bidders. Designing project drawings has expanded my knowledge in electrical distribution concepts and has introduced me to industry standards such as the National Electric Code.

I also had the chance to visit a Metro-North Railroad substation, where our group is upgrading the facilities and equipment including installing two new transformers and distribution equipment for the station. Being able to observe the project from initial drawings and then to see it come together in real time is amazing and not many design engineers have that opportunity. I would like to thank Martin Bowen, Mei Lee, and Mohammad Latif for taking the time to develop me as an engineer, and as an individual. I look forward to working for the NYPA in the coming weeks.