Local Students Take Park in National Grid Engineering Program

Submitted by National Grid

Anthony Funke and Emily Valentine, students from Paul V. Moore High School and Craig Weaver of Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School are among 20 scholars from Syracuse-area schools who participated in the competitive “Engineering Pipeline Program” at National Grid, the centerpiece of the company’s global “Engineering Our Future” initiative designed to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers for tomorrow’s workforce. Only 50 students across National Grid’s U.S. territory were selected to participate in the program.

National Grid’s “Engineering Pipeline Program” offers high school and college students the chance to learn more about National Grid and the engineering profession through a structured six-year program. Engineering Pipeline Scholars will gain exposure to the engineering industry through classroom instruction, site visits, research and projects.

“We recognize that there is a looming shortage of engineers needed to build the next generation of energy delivery systems, smart grids, and other emerging high-tech systems, so increasing the engineering workforce is an imperative not only for National Grid but for our entire industry,” said Kathy Lyford, vice president of electric operations for National Grid’s central division. “We are very impressed with the work of the Syracuse class, and we look forward to continuing to nurture their interest in engineering over the next six years.”

The first step in the “Engineering Pipeline Program” is the one-week “Intro to Engineering Academy” which started on August 16 at the National Grid Learning Centers in Syracuse and Melville, New York; Long Island; and Millbury, Massachusetts. The curriculum includes classroom and hands-on activities on the following topics: introduction to the energy industry, engineering safety, natural gas operations, electric power systems and the future of energy including Smart Grid technology. The scholars will also develop group presentations based on engineering field exploration site visits and deliver the reports during an interactive live meeting with the other learning centers.

The upstate New York students who enrolled in the “Intro to Engineering Academy” at the Syracuse Learning Center on Henry Clay Boulevard are:

· Cicero-N. Syracuse High School
Lauren Emigholz of Cicero
· CW Baker High School
David Felty and Brian Heffernan of Baldwinsville
· E. Syracuse-Minoa Central High School
Mallory Shaffer of Minoa and Nicole Verone of Kirkville
· G. Ray Bodley High School
Craig Weaver of Fulton
· G.W. Fowler High School
Abrar Atiya Aljiboury of Syracuse
· Homer High School
Kevin Mulligan of Homer and Nicholas Potter of Cortland
· Marcellus High School
Stephen Carroll, Joshua Miller, Eric Morris and Veronica Raymond of Marcellus; and Ellen Brooks of Marietta
· Paul V. Moore High School
Anthony Funke of Monroe and Emily Valentine of Hastings
· Skaneateles High School
Rory Callahan, Elyce Buell and Spencer Parker of Skaneateles; and Chase Turose of Auburn

Highlights of the Pipeline program include opportunities for paid internships, mentoring and job shadow opportunities and social networking activities. Once accepted into the program, the Scholars must maintain a 3.3 GPA in college, pursue an engineering degree and participate in ongoing Pipeline program activities in order to be considered for fast-track employment with National Grid.

National Grid worked with colleges, universities and organizations in the company’s service area to identify students to participate in the Pipeline program. Applicants must have completed their junior year of high school, have an average grade of 87, provide evaluations from two teachers and submit a 250-word essay illustrating their desire to learn about engineering.

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.