Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Miranda Chiarella & Nathaniel Zogby

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.


Miranda Chiarella is pursuing her degree in Business Administration at SUNY Geneseo. She works in the Economic Development – Power Contract department in our White Plains office. 

My major is Business Administration, with minors in finance and mathematics. I picked my major and minors because they allow me to pursue a career where I am able to combine my interests of working with others on a team, as well as working with numbers, simultaneously.

I am most passionate about learning the ins and outs of the different programs offered here as NYPA as well as the different responsibilities of the analysts in the Power Contracts department. I am hoping to get involved with the hydro curtailment process, as well as the renewal of contracts.

One unexpected challenge I have encountered so far during my time here at NYPA is picking up on the jargon. Although I was expecting there to be some technical business terms I would be unfamiliar with, I was unaware of how many different terms and acronyms I would be unfamiliar with pertaining to the different programs that NYPA offers.

I am hoping to sharpen my skills on Excel, as well as my public speaking skills during my time here. I will create value while interning at NYPA by staying focused on my tasks, and asking as many questions as I can.

My best friend would describe me as dedicated, passionate, and caring.


Nathaniel Zogby  Intern Profile Series Picture 3Nathaniel Zogby is pursuing his degree in Computer Science at SUNY University at Buffalo. He works in our Economic Development – Business Marketing department in the White Plains office. 

I’m majoring in Computer Science. I’d grown up learning how to code and found many diverse interests in the skyrocketing evolution of computers and how that fits in with everyday people.

I am most passionate about how our data is used to spark changes which supply mutual benefits between both NYPA and its clients. I hope to be able to work on projects which enable me to contribute to the progressive nature of NYPA’s energy efficiency goals.

The biggest challenge I’ve encountered is figuring out ways to break down and communicate complex ideas so that everyone in your group is able to explicitly map component solutions to the problem at hand. I hope to improve my communication, problem solving, and Excel and general Microsoft Office proficiency skills.

By offering as much time as I can to learn and apply all the skills necessary to accomplish NYPA’s goal of optimizing energy efficiency, I will be able to provide value to the organization. My best friend would describe me probably as a laid back nerd who lives an odd, yet diverse lifestyle.

 

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Daniel O’Leary & Samantha Baughman

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 O’Leary is pursuing his degree in Environmental Studies at SUNY ESF (Environmental Science and Forestry). He works in the Licensing department in our White Plains office. 

My Major is Environmental Studies with a focus in Policy, Planning, and Law. I chose this major because I care about the environment and I think that the best way to approach environmental protection is through a policy/economy based solution.

I really want to learn about the way that the Authority handles energy agreements and programs. I also want to look at the way that clean energy is continuing to get a larger hold on the energy market so that I can apply it in the future. I plan to work a lot with the St. Lawrence Facility this summer as I help them on making some upcoming decisions.

An unexpected challenge that I have faced is having to use general creativity in my projects, because I tend to have too much focus on content and rarely think about how the reader/viewer might interpret my work. I would really like to work on my own professional development, as well as solidify my background in policy/environmental contracts.

I plan to back up the Licensing department in every way that I can, but I think that my understanding of environmental rules and regulations can help me to be not just a support system, but an asset.

My best friend would describe me as level-headed but fun-loving


Samantha Baughman is pursuing her degree in New Media at SUNY Purchase College. She works in our Graphic Communications Department in the White Plains office. 

I picked this major because I enjoy learning about all the different medias in which I can create art. In the program, you learn a range of different types of important medias, providing me with more skills to do what I love. I am passionate about learning from other people and absorbing as much information as I can about design.

While at NYPA, I am hoping to get involved in as many projects as I can with Graphic Communications. Everyone in this field is very talented and in order to succeed, I have to really push myself to learn as much as I can and keep my skills sharp. I plan to create value here by expanding my comfort zone in design, asking questions and taking advantage of the knowledge of the people around me.

My best friend would describe me as caring of others and animals.

 

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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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Summer Intern Series, Uncategorized

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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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Miriam Gonzalez

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.

Miriam Gonzalez is a senior at SUNY Maritime College pursuing her B.E. in Electrical Engineering. She works in the Metering Department at the 500-MW Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Astoria, Queens.

My responsibilities include daily review of meter data and transmitting this data to the Energy Control Center (ECC). Additionally, I test advanced smart meters before they are installed in the field, and I work on meter block diagrams through the analysis of engineering drawings. I have had the opportunity to be involved in the Build Smart NY (BSNY) Metering Upgrade project to provide interval metering to NYPA onsite buildings to track and evaluate our energy efficiency. In this project, I had the opportunity to do a walkthrough of one of the NYPA power generation facilities, Blenheim-Gilboa (BG) Pumped Storage Power Project. From there, I created a preliminary scope and then did a man-hour and material cost estimate, which all went into the scope. Working on this gave me a glimpse of what goes into a large scale project.

Currently, I am working on the St. Lawrence (STL) Park Station Service meter upgrades. This project requires I test the meters for accuracy and set up communication with MV-90, our interval data collection software. I also program these meters; each meter may require a very specific program. While I joined this project at its tail-end, I have received a good sense of what goes into installing meters with this project, as well a greater understanding of how many different meters work.

Working with NYPA has challenged me in many ways by exposing me to aspects of engineering that I have never experienced before. I have had opportunities to write technical documents for projects, while still being able to see the inner workings of a facility. I hope to learn a little bit about each NYPA power generation facility.

I’ve always enjoyed wiring and taking things apart. In my spare time, I like playing video games with my friends, bicycling, and drawing.

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Life of a Lightbulb

Life of a Lightbulb: SUNY University at Buffalo

Who’s up for a game of football? I know I am. It’s Leddy the LED lightbulb again!

This time, my friends and I are at SUNY Buffalo’s 31,000-seat football stadium. We worked with our friends at NYPA to help give them a new lighting system, including new, energy-efficient lights. Their lighting controls now allow for three different levels of lighting. Level 1 is used during practice, when less light is needed. Level 2 is used for non-broadcasted games, where Level 3 is extra-bright for HD broadcasting enhancement. Their lighting upgrades will help cut over 3,500 tons of greenhouses gases per year from the environment. (Personally, I like Level 3 so I can watch it on TV!)

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Thomas Marino


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.

Thomas Marino attends SUNY University at Buffalo, pursuing his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He works in the Treasury Department at the White Plains Office.

My internship at NYPA has been a very valuable learning experience. I have had the opportunity to work with the Treasury Department, which has taught me about various aspects of finance in the Energy industry.

I’ve also gained exposure to valuable financial tools, such as Bloomberg, which is utilized when purchasing and selling authorized securities, pricing counterparty collateral, evaluating counterparty and securities credit ratings, and monitoring market news and economic data.

The Treasury Department currently has six active RFPs (Request for Proposals) outstanding. I have been supporting the Deputy Treasurer in looking for potential Transition Managers for future bond deals; I am responsible for reviewing proposals and coordinating the review process between Treasury, Procurement, and the Authority’s Financial Advisor. Additionally, I have helped the Treasurer with the four responses to RFPs for an Independent Swap Advisor for NYPA.

In accordance with the Authority’s Energy Commodity and Credit Risk Management procedures, all counterparty statements need to be verified. I am responsible for the verification process and for sending out notifications with regards to the counterparties who settle transactions via the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange).

Outside of school, I enjoy playing and watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people. I appreciate the education my internship has given me to date and look forward to learning more over the rest of the summer.

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