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

Summer Intern Series: Athina Kontouli & Nicholas Harris

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.


Athina Kontouli Intern Profile Series PictureAthina Kontouli is pursuing her master’s degree in Enterprise Risk Management at Saint John’s University. She works in the Risk Management department of our White Plains office.

I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Enterprise Risk Management, where I just completed my second semester and I will be graduating this upcoming January. I came to New York a year ago from Greece, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Economics, from Panteion University of Athens.

My major is Enterprise Risk Management. I selected the specific major as it is relatively new, evolving day by day and very interesting.

I work at the Risk Management department of NYPA which is comprised of three sectors; the Insurance Risk management, the Operational Risk and the Enterprise Risk Management group where I am interning. The ERM mission is to help protect and enhance the value of the organization through informed risk-based decision-making for optimal resource allocation.

My goal is to learn the most I can from this internship during the summer; I would say I am most passionate about learning methods and techniques in risk assessments and evaluations.

I would definitely like to participate in the strategic planning of risk management. I am currently participating in the analysis of risk assessment workshop data and assisting with the enhancement of risk reporting. I hope I can sharpen my critical thinking, my crisis management skills as well as my presentation skills.

Being at NYPA as an intern will give me the opportunity to implement all I have learned at school the past year; my ambition is to add value to the department by providing a different and unique perspective. My best friend would describe me as loyal and reliable.


NicholasHarrisNicholas Harris is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He works in the Mechanical Engineering department in our White Plains office. 

I chose Mechanical Engineering because of my strengths and interests in math and science and my curiosity of how things work.

I am most passionate about learning how power is generated on a state-wide scale and I hope to get involved in some projects that will challenge me and force me to think outside the box to improve quality of production at any of the plants.

I haven’t encountered many difficulties here in the first few weeks that I’ve been working, but in my field in general, I have found it difficult to convert my knowledge gained from classes and textbooks into practical uses. Difficult, but not impossible!

I hope to sharpen my skills in translating my knowledge into practical uses. I will create value at NYPA by working through the challenges and obstacles I’m faced with to aid the success of the company and add to my own skill set.

My best friend would describe me as intelligent with a great sense of humor.

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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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Summer Intern Series: Caroline Guttridge & Bristy Dutta

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.


Caroline Guttridge is pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University. She works in the Project Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose this major for the many different career paths the field can lead into, including the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and power industries, as well as its application to everyday life.

I am most passionate about seeing the range of projects the Project Management department handles, as well as the various technical details, scope differences, and financial aspects of the work. It will be interesting to learn about a project’s life cycle and the role different engineering disciplines and backgrounds play in each project.

I hope to experience projects in many different phases. Most projects take years to complete, but I have the opportunity to work with some projects just beginning, some under evaluation from contractors, and some under construction, which will provide experience with each phase of the project life cycle in just one summer.

One challenge that I’ve experienced in this field is that I have not had the opportunity to gain business experience in my engineering studies; as such, I began unaware of the ways a company operates, and without a clear understanding of how the engineering goals and each business unit’s must align with those of the overall organization. I hope to strengthen my ability to clearly and concisely convey messages and goals between different departments depending on scope and detail, as this is a major part of Project Management’s role.

I will be a valuable asset here at NYPA because I am open to working on projects and tasks outside of my previous knowledge and education. This will bring a new perspective that may offer different solutions and ideas. My best friend would describe me as engaged and enthusiastic, as well as level headed when evaluating and discussing an issue or decision.


Bristy Dutta is a student pursuing her degree in Business Management at CUNY York College. She works in the Business Power Allocations and Compliance Group in our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I believe this field has a wide variety of career choices. In addition, I am confident that the graduates of business programs can make a positive impact in the world by creating employment, implementing efficiencies, and innovating beneficial products and services. Currently, I am working as an intern in the Business Power Allocations and Compliance Group in the Marketing Group which is part of the Economic Development and Energy Efficiency Department.

I previously interned at the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission coordinating data sets and presenting safety information to drivers and management. I also worked at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a translator among other things. I am fluent in Hindi, Bangla and Urdu.

I am very excited to be a part of NYPA and learning new skills in a business environment. At NYPA, I am learning general analytic skills pertaining to electric demand and energy usage as well as managing customer relationships through the evaluation of contractual commitments NYPA has with the customers. I will also be working on the ReCharge New York and Western New York Hydropower application evaluation process supporting the presentation of allocation recommendations to the Economic Development Power Allocation Board and the NYPA Board of Trustees. Lastly, I will be conducting various data reporting projects in the areas of customer allocations and compliance.

My best friend describes me as a very friendly, helpful and open minded person.

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Summer Intern Series: Noah Brenner & Ryan Yetter

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.


Ryan Yetter is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Binghamton. He works in our Integrated Grid department in our White Plains office. 

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I picked engineering as my major because I was good at math and science in high school and I come from a family of engineers; both my father and grandfather are engineers. I am most passionate about learning the future of the electric grid and how the residential customer plays a role in the grid of the future.

I am hoping to get involved with Muni of the Future, a project  geared towards the research and implementation of intelligent load through the use of controlling water heaters, thermostats and the charging of electric vehicles. At NYPA, I hope to gain hands on experience in drafting reports, budgets and RFP’s.

An unexpected challenge while working in my field is the use of acronyms; while sitting in on my first meeting it seemed like every other word was an acronym, which is daunting at first, but now I have most of them memorized. I am hoping to sharpen my skills of communicating with customers, contractors, and fellow engineers working together on a project. During my internship, I will create value at NYPA by asking a lot of questions, getting things done the first time correctly, being known as reliable to get work done in a timely manner, and creating strong connections with my team.

My friends would describe me as a fun, honest, nice, reliable, happy, and the person that always comes over with a bag of chips!


BrennerNoah Brenner is pursuing his degree in Accounting at SUNY Binghamton. He works in our Procurement department in our White Plains office. 

I chose Accounting for the relative job security and as a means to entering the business world. While at NYPA, I look forward to learning from my co-workers and all that White Plains has to offer. I’m also hoping to get involved with the implementation and assimilation of a new processing system that will streamline Procurement procedures.

One of my biggest challenges with Accounting is convincing people that my major is more interesting than watching paint dry. I’m always looking to improve my communication skills as well as my technical Excel skills.

By using my time efficiently, I’ll be able to help more people at NYPA complete more projects.

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