Students complete summer research program

(L to R) Chelsea Choudhary, CALIT2 Summer Research project manager, stands with summer research students Christopher Ramirez, John Pham, Jeannie Liang, Farhan Saeed, Jason Lin and Akhil Pulianda.

Five UCI undergraduates and one master’s degree student were recognized for completing the 2022 CALIT2 Summer Student Research program, Sept. 30. This CALIT2 project was a pilot program, designed to match talented students with the needs of partnering companies. The students concluded the summer program by sharing presentations that examined their work.

Farhan Saeed, a computer science master’s student, helped develop software with Summit Technology Laboratory. STL, founded by UCI computer science professor Aditi Majumder, is a developer of multipurpose projector software. The company’s platform delivers multi-user, interactive, projected augmented-reality experiences on surfaces of any size and shape.

CalPlug student, Jason Lin, a computer science and engineering student, collaborated on a project for Southern California Edison to find ways to help customers better understand their energy bills. CalPlug  (California Plug Load Research Center), established in 2011, focuses on energy efficiency solutions, efficiency evaluations of consumer electronics, standards development, education, public outreach, and user behavior studies.

The four remaining undergraduate students: Akhil Pulianda, mechanical engineering; Jeannie Liang, biomedical engineering; John Pham, chemical engineering and Christopher Ramirez, mechanical engineering, had research projects with SMART IAC.

SMART IAC (the Sustainable Manufacturing Alliance for Research and Training Industrial Assessment Center) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Centers Program. Student team members are trained to conduct energy assessments of local manufacturing facilities. The SMART IAC’s energy consulting services are provided at no cost to manufacturers within 150 miles of UC Irvine.

“I was so impressed with the quality and the variety of projects we had this summer. The students were excited to dig into a topic they were interested in, and this was clearly seen in their final presentations.” Says Chelsea Choudhary, SMART IAC, program manager and CALIT2 Summer Research project manager.” After the success of this year, I cannot wait to see what we can do with the program next summer.”

View presentations from the CALIT2 Summer Research student program in the links below.

Smart IAC Summer Research students
“Incorporating Cybersecurity into Operations at Small and Medium Manufacturing Facilities”
Akhil Pulianda

“Feasibility of On-Site Renewable Energy Generation at a Manufacturing Facility”
Jeannie Liang

“Induction Heating as Efficient Heating Technology in Manufacturing”
John Pham

“The Feasibility of Creating a Microgrid at a Manufacturing Facility”
Christopher Ramirez

CalPlug Summer Research student
“Electricity Usage: Helping Users understand Energy Bills”
Jason Lin

Summit Technology Laboratory Summer Research student
“STL Visualization Application”
Farhan Saeed

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