LEDs and Solid-state Lighting
The 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.
Implications of temperature and current adjustments on LED spectral characteristics
Rising mechanical engineering senior Alex characterized the optical output of red, green, blue, and white LEDs as a function of their junction temperature and forward current. His work is helping to inform the development of algorithms to maintain constant light output and color.
Understanding user preference of correlated color temperature in office spaces
Rising product design and engineering senior Dominic conducted human factors lab experiments to understand people’s preferences for different correlated color temperatures when illuminating an office. The ratings he collected are helping to inform further research on the design and application of color-tunable LED lighting systems.
Characterizing thermocouple temperature error caused by optical radiation
Rising biomedical engineering senior Kate worked to develop a methodology for characterizing the temperature measurement error of thermocouples used in direct view of high radiant flux. Her project built off and expanded knowledge from previous research.
Implementation of NEMA SSL-7A dimming compatibility test circuits
Rising computer systems engineering senior Liam studied and tested different LED circuits and dimmers according to recent standards. His work helped the LRC to further understand the potential for compatibility problems between LED light bulbs and dimmer switches.
Investigation of how the refractive index of encapsulation affects the optical property of a remote phosphor plate
Rising chemical engineering senior Nancy researched and tested the effects of an LED encapsulant’s refractive index on the LED’s remote phosphor layer. She conducted lab experiments with different refractive indices and phosphor densities and measured their light emission and scattering properties.
The next eight week summer internship program will be held from June 8 to July 31, 2015 at the LRC facilities in Troy, New York.
Students can apply for the internship program in solid-state lighting by completing the application form.
For more information on the summer internship program in solid-state lighting, contact Dan Frering.