Research Assistant, Stanford University, Stanford, CA September, 2015 - Present
I am working on perovskite solar cells, specifically studying different hole transport materials (electron blocking layers) and their effect on device performance and the perovskite layer. Being my first deep dive lab experience, I have had the chance to learn lots of lab techniques including photoluminescence, x ray diffraction, various nanofabrication techniques for solar cells, the fun of designing experiments, playing with new materials and processes & analyzing the results. Thanks to Professor Mike Mcgehee, for letting me join his group with amazing people and to PhD candidate Becky Belisle for her guidance and support.
Process engineering intern, Big Delta systems, Houston, TX July, 2015 - September, 2015
Summer internship at Big Delta Systems, an early stage batteries startup, was my first professional work experience in the United States. It turned out to be a very hands-on experience with the opportunity to gain experience in all parts of the process – making slurry for electrodes, the deposition technique, analysis of deposited electrodes and assembling coin cells. We were able to scale up from a fixed small setup to a roll to roll process with a much wider electrode and much improved tolerances (I am not allowed to talk about the details, so I am using vague terms like small setup, wide electrodes instead of specific numbers). I also got to use techniques like Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Electrochemical Impedence Spectroscopy, C rate testing. Feedback – I proactively seek feedback and I am thankful for the sincere feedback I received - I need to push harder, take more initiative and take ownership of work. I started improving and implementing the feedback while I was there and thankfully all of them have stuck with me to date.
Leaderhip labs fellow and facilitator, Stanford University, 2015 & 2016 (4 weeks)
Improved observation, leadership and communication skills by facilitating a team of 8 members, helping maximize their experience in the workshop, and giving feedback on their positives and scope for improvement. I also learnt about my own skills and shortcomings as a facilitator whose tasks include team building, fostering a healthy environment, giving feedback, working with a diverse team and the challenges associated with it, maximizing team effectiveness. Worked with amazing coaches and people!
Research intern, Robert Bosch GmbH, Bengaluru, India January, 2014 - June, 2014
Through the practise school program at BITS, Pilani, I got to work 6 months at Bosch, Bengaluru, a huge setting with a manufacturing facility and research division. With help from my guide, Vamsi Mohan, I designed the control system of a diesel fuel injection system using software ASCET, INTECRIO, INCA. In addition to testing the control system for fuel injection, I also modified a high pressure fuel pump design using ProEngineer5. Making the valve design comply with industrial level tolerances was challenging and I had to study many pump design and modify my design numerous times to come up with a good design. The project also involved analyzing large sets of data – thousands of excel sheets, making me proficient in MS office.
Summer intern, Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai, India May, 2012 – July, 2012
My first internship was a 2 month summer program at BARC. I worked on developing and implementing algorithm for path planning and obstacle avoidance of a 3 link redundant manipulator using MATLAB.