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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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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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: 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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Summer Intern Series: Chris Paolillo

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.

Chris Paolillo is a senior at Stony Brook University, pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He works in Customer Energy Solutions at the White Plains Office.

I am working on BuildSmart NY – an initiative to answer Governor Cuomo’s executive order requiring New York’s State agencies to improve their energy efficiency by 20% by the year 2020. Under the executive order, the least efficient state buildings are required to conduct an energy audit which will present the agency with the current energy profiles of their facilities as well as several energy conservation measures they can make to improve their efficiency. My first task as a developmental intern was to review these audits and summarize their findings so that the information is readily available to the BuildSmart team.

Additionally, I’ve been assisting the team in creating a set of standards required in these audits, as well as a set of standard procedures for tracking the future progress of BuildSmart NY.

As an intern, I’ve learned that school has only given me an engineer’s tools. In order to become an engineer, I have to learn how to use them. My plan is to someday work as an engineer in the power generation industry. I want to play a role in the future sustainability of our country. NYPA’s mission completely encompasses those goals making it the perfect place to begin achieving them.

I am an Eagle Scout and I enjoy traveling, SCUBA diving, and spending time outdoors.

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Summer Intern Series: Aatif Mohammed

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.

Aatif Mohammed is a junior at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering. He is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. He works in the Mechanical Maintenance department at the 500MW power plant.

Throughout my internship experience, I was given many projects and responsibilities. By the end of the first week, I found myself responsible for learning the science behind each of the plant’s systems. Two or three weeks in, I was given the task of inspecting some of the equipment and using complex technology to monitor its performance. Later on, I was involved in projects that required me to take inventory of power tools, update the operating and hold-off procedures, and utilize the plant’s organizational software, Maximo. My favorite project however, was one where I was given responsibility to help plan and stage the replacement of combustion turbine parts which kept me busy.

Working at NYPA helped me confirm my interest in mechanical engineering. Throughout the summer, I noticed myself getting fired up over the large scale and design of the plant. I was finally able to experience, in person, the engineering concepts I have been learning in college! It is now easy for me to see myself in the future working for a large engineering company and tackling large projects.

Outside of school, I like to spend my free time out in nature. I enjoy nice solitary walks alongside the trees and try to go hiking as often as I can. I get this feeling of “being in the moment” that does not come around when I am in the city. I also enjoy playing sports like basketball and football and I always find time to read self-improvement books to better myself.

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