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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Six N.Y. Power Authority Employees Recognized for Advancing Green Innovative Technologies:

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustees and executive management honored six NYPA professional employees, in engineering, environmental science, and safety, health and fire protection, with Certificates of Appreciation on Tuesday in connection with the application of pioneering technologies in support of NYPA operations and the electric power industry.

One of the employees—Bruce Fardanesh, NYPA’s chief electrical engineer—was notified late last year of his election by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as an IEEE Fellow, effective Jan. 1, in recognition of his achievements in developing and integrating advanced technologies for enhanced operation and control of power systems as demonstrated on NYPA’s power grid. Only 298 individuals out of 400,000 worldwide IEEE members were selected for this prestigious power engineering honorific for 2013. 

The five other employees honored by NYPA at Tuesday’s Trustees’ meeting are among the national recipients of 2012 Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the electric utility industry's premier collaborative research organization.  EPRI recognized them for contributions involving electric power generation, power utilization and the environment. The individuals are John Markowitz of Ossining, N.Y, Jonathon Mayette of Waddington, N.Y., John Nolan of Wantagh, N.Y., John Nowicki of Colton, N.Y., and Jiankang Zhu of White Plains, N.Y.

“The Power Authority trustees and executive management can point with pride every day to the achievements of our statewide work force, and are especially proud of the six individuals we’re honoring with Certificates of Appreciation at today’s NYPA trustees’ meeting,” John R. Koelmel, NYPA chairman, said.

“The accomplishments of these stellar employees reflect the emphasis by the New York Power Authority under Governor Cuomo’s leadership to integrate innovative technologies to bolster our performance and support a clean environment,” Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer, said. 

Fardanesh, a 22-year veteran employee, working out of NYPA’s White Plains Office, has been instrumental in NYPA’s installation of phasor measurement technologies at generating facilities and substations to enhance real-time situational awareness of transmission conditions, to anticipate potential problems and take effective action to ensure reliability.
Fardanesh, of Bergen County, N.J., holds three patents and has published numerous technical papers and reports.  He will be honored at the IEEE’s Power Engineering Society’s general meeting in July. 

“The IEEE Grade of Fellow is a highly esteemed distinction reserved for an extremely small percentage of our institute’s membership,” Noel N. Schulz, president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, said.  “The conferring of this distinction upon Bruce Fardanesh by the IEEE Board of Directors, through a rigorous peer nomination and review process, is a great testament to Bruce’s accomplishments for enhanced operation of the power grid.”
The NYPA awardees of the 2012 EPRI Technology Awards were recognized for their work in the following areas:
  • John Markowitz, lead research and technology engineer, NYPA White Plains Office, was recognized for his contribution to one of the first major collaborations between the automotive and utility industries, in the area of modern, plug-in vehicle technology, through NYPA’s demonstration of the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) program. The team incorporated a plug-in hybrid prototype vehicle into NYPA’s vehicle fleet and applied EPRI analyses in demonstrating the use of the plug-ins in conjunction with “smart charging”—software, networks and devices—that can manage vehicle recharging to minimize the impact on the electric power grid and maximize use of clean power sources.
  •  Jonathon Mayette, environmental scientist, St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project; John Nolan, environmental engineer, White Plains Office; and John Nowicki, safety, health and fire protection administrator, St. Lawrence-FDR, were recognized for their collaborative work in applying advanced software developed through EPRI efforts for assessing potential scenarios involving mineral oil spills at substations, to expedite cleanup.   
  •  Jiankang Zhu, research and development engineer, White Plains Office, was recognized for the successful implementation of an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) for measurements of water current velocities. The ADCP system provides insights into control system enhancements that could increase the operating efficiency of hydroelectric facilities.
 “The 2012 Technology Transfer Award winners have shown exceptional application of EPRI research and technology, solving a problem of size and significance; championing a technology for their companies and the industry; driving progress in the electricity sector; and providing meaningful benefits for their stakeholders and society,” said Bryan Hannegan, vice president of environment and renewable energy at EPRI.