Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Victoria Nadile

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.

Victoria Nadile graduated in May 2015 from Cornell University with a degree in Science and Technology Studies. She interns in Customer Energy Solutions at the White Plains Office.

I have been tasked with synthesizing data on NYPA projects—mainly focusing on those initiated in the last 5 years—in order to generate reports that will be used internally. The purpose of these reports is to help identify relationships as well as highlight trends among metrics such as the duration of various project phases, project cost, and customer groups over time. I have also been working on standardizing spread sheets that each team in CES uses to track their secondary metrics for the current year.

Before coming to NYPA, I had thought an energy company functioned accordingly: harvest energy and subsequently sell it. Just after only three weeks of working here, though, I have learned there is so much more to that equation. A couple of examples are the marketing teams that exist to ensure that the suite of services NYPA provides are available to customers and the development teams that are constantly working to expand those options by crafting not only new and intelligent energy technologies but also strategies to be more energy efficient. I look forward to continuing my work with data on NYPA project detail in order to get a better sense of our biggest customers, what programs NYPA is investing most of its energies towards, and how this data can help us improve our internal operations.

I spent a semester on the rustic island of Hawai‛i participating in a program through which I earned a minor in Earth Sciences. I love musical theatre (one of my favorite pastimes is singing show tunes) and hiking all around the country. I’m also scuba certified and enjoy diving in tropical locales.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Maziar Vanouni

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.

Maziar Vanouni is a fourth-year graduate student at North Carolina State University pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Power Engineering. He works in the Research and Technology Development Department at the White Plains Office.

This summer, I am working on a research project in collaboration with some of the R&TD staff as well as participating in some technical meetings with research companies and institutes. My research at NYPA involves developing and implementing a real-time voltage stability evaluation method using a wide area measurement system (WAMS). This project will help provide online monitoring of the power grid’s power transfer capability.

As an intern, I hope to learn about the different perspectives of various industries and utilities, whether in their objectives, concerns, or communication skills.

In my opinion, being at NYPA has helped me develop a better picture of what a utility needs and expects from its employees and I am so glad about it.

I see my career goal as being a researcher involved in those kinds of energy related problems which are of practical concern and values for utilities—I believe NYPA has helped in that sense.

Outside of work and school, I generally like hanging out with friends, being in nature for any excuse (with special interest in fishing), traveling, and seeing different people.

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Summer Intern Series: Frank Savoca

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.

Frank Savoca is a senior at Boston University pursuing his degree in Computer Engineering. He works in the Information Technology Department at the White Plains Office.

So far, I have been working on cleaning up the application portfolio with my supervisor, Ben Ettlinger. Some of the applications are no longer being used and many of the owners and contacts associated with them are incorrect or require updating. This process has allowed me to learn about the wide array of applications NYPA uses and what their purposes are. My next project will involve working with pace layers, a system used to classify and analyze the applications we use.

Before I started here, I wish I knew how big of a company NYPA truly is. It was a little overwhelming to see so many interns on my first day, but I quickly learned that everyone is very friendly and willing to take the time to help. This welcoming atmosphere has allowed me to see how some of the different departments in Information Technology interact with one another.

My most valuable experience at NYPA has been sitting in on several of my supervisor’s meetings. Ben offers a wealth of information and I’ve been able to learn a lot from him about several topics such as the cloud and metadata management.

In my free time I enjoy bowling and am an avid fan of comics, animation, and video games. My favorite TV show is The Office.

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Summer Intern Series: Tim White

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.

Tim White is a senior at SUNY Buffalo State University pursuing his degree in Industrial Technology. He works in the Transmission Department at the Massena Substation.

As an intern, I am faced with many exciting and challenging tasks. In the Transmission Department, our goal is to oversee the transmission of the electrical current generated from the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. Whether through having me help plan a new structural design or simply maintaining our current assets, my coworkers have allowed me to play a key role in everyday objectives. I am currently tasked with inspecting different distribution and transmission lines to create documentation that will eventually be referenced by all of NYPA.

Day one of a job can be very nerve-racking. You are entering a completely new atmosphere with a certain amount of pressure on yourself to succeed. Thankfully, everyone here in Transmission has been very welcoming; I have found my coworkers to be very knowledgeable and helpful, even throughout my constant bombardment of questions. I would like to give a special thanks to my mentor Jordi Parisian for guiding me in my quest to become an engineer.

Having grown up in the North Country, I am an avid fan of everything outdoors, such as fishing year-round and being anywhere near water all summer. But my biggest passion lies in the bitterly cold months of winter – snowmobiling has provided me with some of my earliest memories and will always remain my favorite hobby.

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Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Daniel Mascolo

IMG_0368The 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 Mascolo is a student at Manhattan College, pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He works in the Energy Efficiency department at the White Plains office.

From day one, there has been a tremendous amount I have learned from working at the New York Power Authority. Being in the CUNY division of the Energy Efficiency group, I get to witness first-hand the actions that are taken in order to conserve energy on college campuses.

A day at the office involves assisting with tasks that familiarize me with common project procedures. Outside the office, I provide construction and project support as I witness the projects come to life. Visiting the City College of New York, I had the opportunity to tour the campus’ remarkable central chiller plant. At Bronx Community College, I help oversee the day-to-day construction activities for a campus-wide utility upgrade, as well as attend meetings in regards to upcoming project tasks. In addition to CCNY and BCC, I’ve visited multiple campuses that are increasing overall efficiency by installing a campus-wide utility metering system that measures, logs, and reports energy use data. The web based monitoring system is used for benchmarking and control of the facilities energy consumption.

I am highly appreciative of all the guidance and knowledge I have received from the Energy Efficiency’s CUNY group as well as all of the NYPA employees I’ve come into contact with. I look forward to all this internship has to offer during my stay here at NYPA.

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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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Summer Intern Series: Aaron D. White

photo1The 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.

Aaron D. White attends SUNY Institute of Technology, working towards a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He currently works in the Technical Services group at the Energy Control Center (ECC) at Clark Energy Center in Marcy, NY.

The focus of my work has been on the Energy Management System – the ECC is a 24/7/365 operation, dealing with scheduled and emergent equipment outages as they come in, most requiring immediate attention and intervention. This internship is truly fitting for me as I also work as a NYS EMT and deal with urgent matters at all hours of the day.

One of my first impressions of this impressive facility when arriving was the sheer importance of the ECC to coordinating the “dance” between generation and load of the Bulk Electric System of New York State. One of my tasks at the ECC has been reviewing and cross-checking transformer and line data, which has given me an understanding of the inner workings of the modeling of the electric system. This has allowed me to see how infrastructure and computer systems work together, as well as the problems that engineers face with managing both.

I have had the privilege of working with some incredible people that have taken time out of their busy schedule to share their vast knowledge of what is done here at the ECC, specifically Brent Blanchard and Chris Powers, as well as my supervisor Derrick Piper. In just the few short weeks I’ve been here, this internship has already increased my appreciation of the electric utility industry from an energy consumption perspective. I’ve also taken notice to things like the overhead BES transmission lines and where they are terminating as I am driving home. I look forward to my continued time here with NYPA and the ECC as I continue to learn and broaden my horizons in the power systems field.

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