Meet Alex and Carl!

It’s National Engineer’s Week! In honor of this celebration we’ll be posting “10 questions” answered by our engineers each day.  Check back in throughout the week to meet some of the talented people we have working here.

Alex Mallozzi

Alex Mallozzi

Meet Alex Mallozzi!

What’s your title at National Grid and what do you do?
Associate Engineer – New Technology Deployment

Where are you from?
Fishkill, NY

What’s the project you feel the most proud working on here at National Grid?
The Cross Bore Remediation project – a project using cameras to evaluate our horizontal drilling practices in sewer systems as we expand our gas infrastructure.

Who or what was your biggest influence to become an engineer?
I took a bunch of intro to engineering courses in high school with my physics teacher. When I told him I was going to pursue a business degree after high school, he told me he was brought into my high school to steer potential students to STEM fields, and he felt it would have been such a waste of talent if I did not pursue engineering. I will always remember the conversation and since then I haven’t looked back.
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If you could write a book about an engineering topic – what would it be about?
Engineering efficiency and how to relate energy efficiencies with cost efficiency.

If engineers were a type of animal – what type of animal would they be and why?
Beavers – They are always using available resources to build their dams. Plus they are awkward.

If someone gave you a deserted island – what’s the first thing you would build on it?
Shelter! Three necessities of survival: Food, Water, and Shelter

What is something you think will become obsolete in 10 years as a result of engineering advances?
Language Barriers

Describe a word beginning with the first letter of your name that sums you up?
Adventurous

What’s the best thing about being an engineer at National Grid?
Every day is something new. Each week of work tells its own story of challenges and problems we all have to troubleshoot.

Carl Crocker

Carl Crocker

Meet Carl Crocker!

What’s your title at National Grid and what do you do?
Operations Engineer. I monitor the performance of the electric distribution system to develop solutions for correction of loading & reliability issues.

Where are you from?
Niagara Falls.

What’s the project you feel the most proud working on here at National Grid?
It varies from the Buffalo Medical Corridor, to casino and hotels in Niagara Falls, to large office parks and housing tracts in Amherst. Or, most recently, work associated with the City of Buffalo Renewal such as Larkinville and Riverbend.

Who or what was your biggest influence to become an engineer?
I think I’m an engineer due to a few trusted math and science teachers in high school who encouraged me. Engineering as a good career choice for those with interest and aptitude in math and science.

If you could write a book about an engineering topic – what would it be about?
It would be directed towards engineering students and it would be titled “Engineering is not just about calculating the right answer.” In my career, I have noticed the issues beyond the calculations in engineering are much greater than I would have envisioned in college.

If engineers were a type of animal – what type of animal would they be and why?
Beaver – they are problem solvers, industrious, persistent, creative, and most importantly like to build a solid structure from the ground up.

If someone gave you a deserted island – what’s the first thing you would build on it?
A cottage with a dock. So I’d have a way to get to reach the island by boat and vacation with my family.

What is something you think will become obsolete in 10 years as a result of engineering advances?
DVD’s – as quality and cost value of streaming services continues to increase it does not seem that the physical discs will be necessary.

Describe a word beginning with the first letter of your name that sums you up?
Caring

What’s the best thing about being an engineer at National Grid?
Doing a job where you feel it results in improvements for the community either by addressing reliability issues that impact a customer’s quality of life, or playing a part in expanding our system to support new business & employment.

2 Comments

anika felder

Hello carl and alex, I was amused that both of you stated the beaver as the animal. I guess great minds do think alike. LOL. keep up the great work.

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Elizabeth A Ryan

Very nice Carl Crocker, I liked the questions that they asked it was an “up close and personal kind of interview”…Kudos on all your hard work…LIZ

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