Westchester County Resident
Honored as Power Authority Woman Leader
November 16, 2007
WHITE PLAINS—Jennifer Mayadas-Dering, a resident of
Cross River in Westchester County, has been selected as the New York
Power Authority’s (NYPA) 2007 Woman Leader. She was honored at the
34th Annual Academy of Women Leaders Salute Lunch, sponsored by the
YWCA of the City of New York, on Nov. 15 at the Hilton New York.
With a lifelong-love of power engineering, Mayadas-Dering
came to the Power Authority as an intern in 1994. Her leadership
skills and technical insight drew her to increasingly challenging
assignments that paralleled many of the Power Authority’s recent
major achievements and led to her current position as manager of
operations planning for NYPA’s Transmission Business Unit.
“Jennifer is a tremendous asset to the Power
Authority,” Roger B. Kelley, NYPA president and chief executive
officer, said. “Her strong work ethic and ability to tackle
difficult assignments more than warrant her selection to receive
this prestigious award.”
Mayadas-Dering, who was nominated for the award by
the Power Authority’s senior managers, has been involved in a number
of significant projects during her career at NYPA. These include a
major upgrade of the Authority’s Niagara Power Project; installation
of the world’s most advanced transmission control device, a
convertible static compensator, at NYPA’s Marcy Substation near
Utica; and the rapid completion of 11 small, clean power plants at
six sites in New York City and a seventh on Long Island in a
successful effort to avert power shortages in the region.
“I regard my work as project engineer for the small
power plants as a highlight of my career,” Mayadas-Dering said.
“This project, which we completed in less than a year, gave me the
opportunity to oversee design, construction and testing of the units
under very tight time constraints. It was a turning point for me
since it provided the equivalent of three years’ education in six
months’ time, making me a better person and a better engineer.”
Mayadas-Dering’s interest in power generation stems
from her father, who worked on semiconductors for IBM. Her early
involvement with the industry led to her earning Bachelor of Science
and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the
University of Vermont and Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn,
respectively. She holds a professional engineering license in New
York State and is certified by the Association of Energy Engineers
as an energy manager. Before joining the NYPA staff, Mayadas-Dering
worked in information technology for IBM.
In addition to her duties at the Power Authority,
Mayadas-Dering serves as a volunteer for Mentor-net, an electronic
mentoring network that provides guidance for woman and minority
students interested in engineering, science and mathematics. She is
also a member of the Conservation Advisory Council for the Town of
Mayadas-Dering is an accomplished racquetball
player who has competed in Olympic-sponsored events and world
championships. She and her husband, Ken Dering, have two children,
Alex, 5, and Zachary, 4.
Mayadas-Dering was the only engineer among 60 women
from various organizations recognized at the Nov. 15 event.
Photo and Caption
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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