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 February 28, 2018

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson Supports Engineering

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation recognizes the many contributions made by engineers during national Engineers Week, held Feb. 18–24. The National Society of Professional Engineers first launched Engineering Week in 1951, "dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers."

Central Hudson helped recognize Engineers Week by sponsoring and attending the local E-Week dinner and program presented by Mid-Hudson Technical Societies, this year held in New Windsor on February 27. More than 20 Central Hudson employees attended to learn about important projects, network with fellow engineers and provide encouragement to future engineers.

"Engineers develop and design the technology and infrastructure we rely upon every day," said Paul E. Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and System Operations at Central Hudson. "Our own teams of engineers layout and specify the electric and gas delivery systems that serve our region. They work hand-in-hand with our field crews and other employees to construct and implement critical infrastructure projects on behalf of our customers," he said.

Today, engineers at Central Hudson are working to modernize the local energy grid, designing upgrades to improve efficiency and resilience of the energy delivery systems and enabling greater adoption of distribute renewable resources of energy. "Our engineers are a part of a larger team of Central Hudson employees, implementing improvements to the way we serve our customers," said Haering.

"We appreciate all engineers for their abilities and dedication, and encourage students to consider engineering as a worthwhile and fulfilling career," added Haering. To provide guidance to students interested in a career in engineering, Central Hudson employees serve as mentors to Poughkeepsie High School students participating in the E-TECH academy (Engineering, Technology, Early College High School). The initiative is a partnership between the Central Hudson, the Poughkeepsie City School District and Dutchess Community College, and provides these students with an integrated sequence of high school and college course work, mentorship by engineering professionals, workplace experience and potential internships, culminating in both a high school diploma and a college associate degree in the field of engineering.

Central Hudson also offers a comprehensive internship program for college students, with many opportunities in engineering as well as other fields. "Our interns often find careers with Central Hudson, as they find this allows them to engage in important work and make meaningful contributions," said Haering.

For more on engineering for students, visit /www.discovere.org/; and for more on Central Hudson's internship program, visit www.CentralHudson.com/employment/internship.

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Central Hudson engineers overseeing grid modernization efforts Central Hudson engineers are working to modernize the local energy grid by improving the efficiency and resilience of the energy delivery system. Left: Assistant Engineers Sam Pozorski and Michael Campagna (also a former Central Hudson intern) review plans for an electric transmission upgrade. Below-right: Assistant Engineer Taylor Hernandez, left, reviews a natural gas upgrade with a college intern taking part in Central Hudson's Summer Internship program. Bottom: Assistant Engineer Henry Sowah develops construction standards to allow for the safe and reliable operation of the electric system.

Central Hudson Assistant Engineer Taylor Hernandez, left, reviews a natural gas upgrade with a college engineering intern
Central Hudson Assistant Engineer Henry Sowah develops construction standards to allow for the safe and reliable operation of the electric system.