Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Gregory Spaulding & Zachary Hayes

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.


gregspauldingGregory Spaulding is pursuing his degree in Math and Philosophy at Columbia University. He works in the Customer Energy Solutions group in our White Plains office. 

I chose to major in Math and Philosophy because I wanted a degree doing something I enjoyed studying, while also being versatile in what I could do after school.

I’m most passionate about the process of enacting a project and how it benefits both NYPA and the customer. I’d like to be involved in projects where I can really see a difference between start and finish.

One unexpected challenge I’ve met is that I really haven’t had much involvement in my fields outside of the classroom, but I’ll add value by focusing on not only learning about the projects we do here, but also applying that knowledge to become more involved in each successive project..

 

My best friend would describe me as a bit quiet and stoic, but also understanding and enthusiastic.


zachhayesZachary Hayes is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He works in the Energy Services Implementation group, CUNY Division, in our White Plains office. 

I picked my major because it has a wide range of job opportunities. I’m most passionate about hands-on, large scale projects that utilize a variety of disciplines. For instance, having NYPA Engineers, construction contractors, electricians, HVAC technicians, and mechanics all working together. Some of the projects I hope to be involved in include ones related to power generation and distribution.

One of the biggest challenges in my field is the business aspect. You aren’t really prepared or given a heads-up to the business/paperwork side of engineering. I’d like to further develop my inter-personal and professional relationship-building skills. In general, however, I want to learn as much as I can to make me more desirable as a full time hire for companies.

I’ll deliver value to NYPA by working hard, maintaining focus and being available as a tool and resource for the members in my team. My best friend would describe me as independent, a little bit neat, and unique.

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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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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Samantha Tom & Stephen Schlett

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.


samanthatomSamantha Tom is pursuing her Masters of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of New Haven. She interns with our Talent Development group in the White Plains office. 

I chose to pursue my masters because I studied I/O psychology in undergrad and wanted to continue my education. I’m most passionate about learning how to implement what I’ve learned in school to the workplace (putting theory to practice).

I’m involved in a series of projects in which I use critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration to innovate new ways to make NYPA a better place to work. Every time you come up with a new idea, you have to consider the mentalities of individuals from different generations, departments, and sites. There is no right answer that is one size fits all and figuring out a way to make it applicable across NYPA is part of the challenge but also part of the fun.

I’m hoping to sharpen my analytic skills. I’m very inquisitive and full of ideas that I’m not afraid to pitch. I see both of these as strengths, especially with the projects I’m working on. My friends would say I’m driven, organized, talkative, and friendly.


Stephen Schlett is pursuing his degree in Business Management at the Ohio State University. He works in our Energy Services department in the White Plains office. 

I chose my major of Business Management with a minor in resort tourism and hospitality because I have always been interested in the ability of business owners and managers to analyze many aspects at once for the benefit of the customer and procurement of the business is commendable and inspiring to myself.

While having a few weeks to accommodate myself into NYPA’s learning environment, I have become most passionate about colliding together as a team to accomplish a common goal and obtain knowledge off of my experienced co-workers. I am hoping to take part in projects which will gain my knowledge of the fundamentals of Project Management with emphasis on scope, schedule, cost, quality and risk.

I am eager to sharpen my skills on communication and connection in the business world. I will create value here at the Authority by contributing a foreign yet scholarly mindset on all projects. A fresh pair of eyes is essential to the creation of programs with the intentions to teach others in what the New York Power Authority does and how it is done. I am able to apply my knowledge in studies of modern applications such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word, to my developmental team.

Many of my best friends have previously described me as courageous, hardworking, diligent and organized.

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Summer Intern Series: Charlotte Wright & Roger Ransom

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.


Charlotte Wright Intern Profile Series Picture2Charlotte Wright is pursuing her degree in Computer Science at the University of Rochester. She works on Electronic Records Management projects in our Digital Warehouse at our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I have always enjoyed working with computers and the logical elements of problem solving. I am most passionate about learning more about the management of electronic records as information sources.

I hope to be involved with the development of helpful and intuitive ways to organize and manage data, while simultaneously improving my interpersonal and organizational skills.

I will create value at NYPA by bringing my knowledge and point of view to the projects. My best friend would describe me as energetic, funny, fun and calm.


rogerransomRoger Ransom is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Maritime College. He interns in our Energy Services Implementation (ESI) group in our White Plains office. 

I chose Mechanical Engineering because I have a desire to learn about how machines and systems work together to accomplish their designed purpose. I am eager to gain a better understanding on how different types of power plants are designed and operated. While working with ESI, I hope to learn more about boiler and chiller plant design and construction, as well as, other mechanical and electric equipment.

I am hoping to get involved with some boiler plant construction projects and solar projects. I hope to gain an insight into the project management and construction management side of engineering.

The amount of paperwork that engineers must deal with on a day to day basis is something that I had not encountered before. The difficulty of working with existing conditions when renovating a building, performing a construction project within an occupied building, and of course maintaining a project schedule and budget are additional challenges.

I hope to sharpen my communication and management skills, as I work on several projects with various internal and external partners. I also hope to develop a better understanding of how different facility systems operate.

By working very hard at my allotted tasks, taking on assignments that are given to me with enthusiasm and bringing a fresh view and new ideas to the table when working towards solutions, I’ll be able to provide value at NYPA. My best friend would describe me as an honest, hardworking, loyal, and outdoor-loving individual.

 

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NYPA Staff, Women In Power

Women In Power: Mary Cahill

Throughout the month of March, NYPA will be featuring online profiles of professional women working at different locations and in different capacities throughout the Authority in honor of Women’s History Month. We provided a series of questions on career development, and each profile features personal insights on how each of these professionals reached their goals, both long term and day to day.

Mary is the manager of Energy Services Events and Communication in the Energy Services Marketing Group, working out of the White Plains office.

When you mentor people, what do you try to accomplish?

Mentoring is a wonderful opportunity to help others see gifts and talents that they may not have seen in themselves – and then help them establish goals and accomplish dreams that initially appeared out of reach. I hope to give support and insight and guide them on their journey.

What is the most important part of being a mentor?

I truly enjoy helping others, but being vulnerable, honest, and having a belief in the mentee’s hidden talents are key. A sense of fun doesn’t hurt!

What advice do you have for maintaining a work/life balance?

Unlike my heroic colleagues who juggle both children and work, I don’t have that difficult a challenge. However, my personal life is quite full, so it is important to plan and be realistic about what can be accomplished in a day – but I always include an activity that brings joy.

In your opinion, what is the key to your success?

Gratitude, being intuitive, hard work and strong relationships.

What do you think of the following statement? Around the globe, more women than men are graduating from college, yet the employment-to-population ratio was 49% for women versus 74% for men.

Totally unacceptable! Each generation and gender has an obligation to help change the culture and foster true equal opportunities for all, and this forum is a great step in that direction.

What do you enjoy most about working at NYPA?

Besides the talented, diverse and bright colleagues that make up “one NYPA,” this is simply an exciting place to be. The energy industry is rapidly transforming, providing many opportunities to grow, learn and contribute in non-traditional ways.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Get to truly know yourself – be authentic. Fear is okay, complacency is not. Take risks – ask for what you want and deserve…be assertive!

How would you describe your leadership style?

I enjoy a “roll-up your sleeves,” collaborative atmosphere, providing motivation and encouragement toward common goals. There must be open, honest communication, in a fun yet productive and accountable environment.

What are, from your perspective, the biggest challenges for women in leadership roles?

Work/life integration is particularly challenging for women with children or other family obligations in any work role. But I think the biggest challenge for many women is their own limited belief in their talents and capabilities.

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NYPA Engineers, NYPA Staff

NYPA Recognizes Its Engineers: Randy Solomon

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

Meet Randy Solomon, Director of Energy Services Delivery at NYPA.

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

I always liked science and math and how things worked, so I chose to study engineering in college. I chose to get a degree in industrial engineering because it was a good mix of business and engineering principles. My uncle also graduated in this field and was very successful in his career.

What makes you proud to work at NYPA?

I am proud to be a part of NYPA’s initiatives to lower energy usage and reduce greenhouse gases in New York State. I feel that this is making a difference for future generations.

What do you love most about engineering?

I love to solve technical, or really any type of problems. Engineers love to find solutions, implement them and then see the results.

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

It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to get an engineering degree. Do not get discouraged with poor test grades at the start or at any point. Persistence pays off in school and later in life. Keep forging ahead if this is your goal. Also, keep in mind that people are important in the solution of any problem. Thus, excellent communication skills (writing and verbal) are a huge benefit to having a successful career as an engineer.

What does engineering mean to you?

It means solving problems to make the world a better place.

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