LEDs and Solid-state Lighting
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center (LRC) and ASSIST are making available a limited number of paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students from engineering, physics, science, architecture, or industrial design. Selected students will participate in an intensive, eight-week education and research program focused on solid-state lighting.
Undergraduate students from universities within the United States with at least a 3.0 grade point average who have completed at least three years of study in one of the following areas:
- Mechanical, electrical, or other engineering discipline
- Physics or other area of science
- Architecture or architectural engineering
- Industrial design
Students selected for the eight-week, paid internship program in solid-state lighting at the LRC will:
- Participate in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of world-class scientists and engineers
- Characterize LED/OLED products using state-of-the-art photometry equipment
- Improve the design and application of LED- and OLED-based lighting systems
- Present your work to potential employers at major solid-state lighting companies
- Receive a stipend of $4,800.
Developing a metric to assess the problem of stroboscopic flicker in LED lighting systems
Electrical and computer systems engineering student Alec worked on developing a methodology for measuring the potential of LED light sources to cause stroboscopic visual artifacts when the light source, or objects illuminated by the light source, are in motion.
Evaluating the benefits of task lighting for load-shedding applicationsEnvironmental engineering student Dexter investigated the potential of using task illumination to maintain end-user satisfaction during times when the overall room illumination needs to be dimmed in response to load-shedding conditions.
Characterization of thermal interface material under thermal cycling
Materials and electrical engineering student Grace explored a methodology and experimental apparatus to characterize the performance of thermal interface materials used in LED applications under thermal cycling.
Wireless methods for luminaire location mapping and real-time monitoring
Microelectronic engineering student Jesse evaluated different wireless methods to communicate from a central location to luminaires in a space, allowing a lighting system installer to know the position of each luminaire and map those locations.
Sensor communication protocol requirements for interfacing with real-time monitoring systems
Electrical engineering student Paul determined the electrical and information protocols necessary for the accurate and reliable transmission of sensor data to a monitoring system.
The eight-week summer internship program for 2017 is full. Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted beginning January 2018.
Students can apply for the internship program in solid-state lighting by completing an application form, available in January 2018.
For more information on the summer internship program in solid-state lighting, contact Dan Frering.