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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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series, Uncategorized

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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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.

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NYPA Trustees

NYPA Trustees Profiles: Anne Kress

Following up on the Women in Power profiles, this April we are pleased to feature profiles of several NYPA Trustees. Each NYPA Trustee comes from a unique academic and professional background, as well as a unique part of New York State.

Ms. Kress is the President of Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY and has been named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate.

What part of being a NYPA Trustee do you enjoy the most?

I value the time spent with NYPA staff and fellow trustees, and I especially have valued learning more about the energy sector. The ability to access—without a moment of doubt—ready, safe, and affordable power is something we all take for granted. It is an honor to sit at the NYPA table to work to keep this a reality in our state.

What skills have you taken from your day-to-day career and applied to your work at NYPA?

Any college president today faces a rapidly shifting landscape of higher education: changing demography and markets, increasing expectations and competition, affordability pressures, demands for accountability and documented outcomes, declining resources, and more.

The same skill sets I bring to addressing these challenges, I see the NYPA team bringing to their work in addressing the challenge of change they face. My experience at MCC helps me be an effective trustee. These are, perhaps unsurprisingly, transferable skills!

Has the reverse been true? Have you learned skills at NYPA and taken them back to your day-to-day responsibilities?

As a community college president, I have a responsibility to assure our career and technical programs meet the needs of evolving industry sectors. Watching the energy sector transform from my front row seat on the NYPA Board has reinforced my sense of urgency and accountability in how we address the workforce pipeline and skills gap issues facing our region.

How has your style of leadership evolved over time?

Anyone who works with me would laugh to hear this, but I have become more patient as a leader. Each step in academic administration requires the building of a strong team, put trust in them and get them to trust you, and share responsibility. This takes time and patience, but in the end, the results are so much more impactful and sustained.

As a NYPA Trustee what is the biggest challenge you have faced?

I am fairly new to the Board, so I have not faced any major challenges yet. That said, through one board meeting, I did have a horrible cold and went through almost a whole box of tissues on live video stream. Not my most attractive moment.

How do you see NYPA changing over the next 10 years? The next 25?

The energy sector is changing because of big data, competition for talent, resources, weather shifts and cybersecurity. The last major investments in the infrastructure that supports NYPA were made decades ago, very much mirroring the overall issues facing infrastructure throughout New York and our nation. To me, the changes in the next two decades will focus on how we become, on the one hand, nimble enough to meet our challenges, and on the other, stable and sturdy enough to build the infrastructure required for the next century.

Working in the energy sector, what aspect has been the biggest eye-opener for you?

I have had the chance to do a site visit since joining the board and was so impressed by the dedication of the men and women who work everyday to assure our power is safe and secure. These are individuals who are so often (too often) invisible to us, and their justifiable pride in their work and profession is contagious.

How does your home county give you a unique perspective when working as a NYPA Trustee?

Monroe County has the City of Rochester as its center, but it is equally suburban and even rural. With a past dominated by giants like Kodak and Xerox, it has become home to thousands of medium to small businesses. In many ways, it is a microcosm of the businesses NYPA serves throughout New York and illustrates our mission.

As I watch Monroe County become a regional force in industry sectors like advanced manufacturing and optics, I am especially mindful of the central role NYPA places in growing economic opportunity through low cost power. I also value our community’s longstanding commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, both of which are reflected in NYPA’s past and future.

If you could choose just one facet of NYPA for the public to be aware of, what would it be?

I would go back to my visit to Marcy as well as to my regular work with the staff in White Plains: the talents of these individuals power NYPA. Their understanding of the responsibility they hold and their pride and integrity in their work is something that benefits us all.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Daniel Stahl

Picture of DanThe 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.

Daniel Stahl is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, pursuing his degree in Civil Engineering Technology. He works in the Mechanical Maintenance Department at the Niagara Power Project.

My typical workload consists of assisting the local civil engineer, Edward Barbiero, with his projects and helping other engineers on an “as-needed” basis. This includes contacting vendors, completing purchase requisitions, field inspections, locating documents and proposing items that may be incorporated into a technical specification.

Our department is General Maintenance, so most projects focus on repairs to areas of deteriorated steel, pavement or concrete, as well as additions to the facility including guard rails and fences. I’ve been doing some design work (including writing work plans, preparing sketches, researching, selecting and ordering materials). I’ve also done some calculation work to suggest structural improvements to a guard rail system at the LPGP in order to better comply with OSHA regulations.

The department is also involved in maintaining the “Ice Boom” system, which includes three ice-breaker boats, cables and other components. Lastly, I attend frequent meetings and training concerning departmental collaboration, safety, the environment, policies and procedures with the goal of improving myself as an engineer and as an asset to the Authority.

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