Cleantech Scholars and Mentors Wanted

December 11, 2014

Sustainable CUNY, with support from Consolidated Edison, has established the CleanTech Scholars Program – an internship opportunity for junior, senior, and graduate level CUNY students, enrolled in a STEM program, interested in energy analytics, solar market analysis, peak load management, solar panel output, the Sustainable CUNY NYS Solar Map, and any other projects related to Sustainable CUNY’s work. For example:

– Yuanyuan Zhao who is in the Chemistry PhD Program, worked on design verification and reliability testing of nanotextured polymer films for solar panels. Her work focused specifically on measuring the optical transmission and reflectivity of the films and quantifying the reliability of the films by measuring the ice repellency as well as the self-cleaning properties of the film surfaces. Her work has aimed to improve the electrical output of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

– One of Sustainable CUNY’s current CleanTech Scholar is Mr. Robin Nag, Bachelors of Chemical Engineering, City College of New York. As a CleanTech Scholar, Mr Nag is working to improve the reliability of obtaining solar panel production data through CUNY’s New York City Data Acquisition System project, which tracks the amount of Photovoltaic (PV) generation from existing PV Installations in the New York City Solar Empowerment Zones.

Sustainable CUNY is looking for faculty members to serve as mentors to CleanTech Scholar Interns on existing faculty work and/or project proposals submitted by students related to Sustainable CUNY’s work. In addition, Sustainable CUNY is encouraging faculty to engage their students to be CleanTech Scholar Interns to work on existing faculty projects and research. CleanTech Scholar interns are eligible for up to $5,000 in funding with the potential for extension depending upon project availability. For more information contact Dr Evangelos Gizis: Evangelos.gizis@cuny.edu