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Andlinger Center Program Yields Summer Exploration and New Pathways

January 10th, 2019


Saira Reyes had planned to study materials science before she interned in Jose Avalos’ bioengineering lab last summer. Her work there altering genes of organisms to produce biofuels struck a chord with her.

“It was as if I was looking at a giant biological puzzle,” said Reyes, a sophomore. “I realized I love bioengineering.”

Reyes was one of seven undergraduates sponsored by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment in its eight-week summer internship program. The students worked in labs throughout the University and, for the first time, at two national environmental organizations.

Kim Sha interned at Environmental Defense Fund in Chicago where he analyzed how changes in electricity prices throughout the day could affect consumer behavior and the efficiency of the grid. Sha and colleagues sorted through data on residential energy consumption from 2.8 million homes.

Sha, a senior majoring in chemical and biological engineering, said he valued the experience because “I could hit the ground running and dig into swaths of data to find useful patterns.”

Working with a fellow intern from Cornell University, Sha also contributed to a white paper on how utilities could price electricity according to the time of day and how that pricing could help consumers save money on their electric bills. He said the experience drawing conclusions from large datasets would help him with his senior thesis at Princeton, which will use data on solar irradiance to better test solar cells.

To read more about these undergraduate's and their experiences, click here.

Learn more about the undergraduate research experience from Reyes and Princeton’s undergraduate research correspondents here.

Applications for 2019 Andlinger Center summer internships are now open. Explore the opportunities here and apply before March 8, 2019.

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