N.Y. Power Authority Engineer Wins Technology Award for Applying New Electric Industry Technologies

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March 24, 2014



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Eugene Szpynda, mechanical engineer, New York Power Authority (NYPA), (right) was recently recognized with an EPRI Technical Transfer Award. The award was for his work on gas turbine compressor blade repair techniques in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and using the research results in new and innovative ways that benefited both NYPA and the electric power industry. Paul Tartaglia, senior vice president, Energy Resource Management, NYPA, and NYPA’s representative to EPRI’s Generation Sector Council, congratulates Szpynda.

Led by Szpynda, NYPA worked closely with EPRI on the repair procedure for power plant gas turbine rotating compressor blades without detaching them from the turbine rotor. This process decreases the time the equipment was out of service and reduces repair costs. The work also provided important knowledge for use by other utilities.

Photo Credit: NYPA.


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