Amy Tian ’17
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Electrical Engineering for Mobile Electric Device Commercial Project
Lightening Energy, primarily contracted by the military, was working on preliminary development of some commercial products. During my internship, I worked on two of these commercial products: an autonomous source of energy storage and microgeneration that supports home automation (RCube), and headwear that detects concussions, tracks fitness data, and serves as a platform for other sports-related ancillaries (Athleticap). For the RCube, I contributed to the creation of a VBA-powered Excel model that would optimize and calculate the costs associated with implementing the RCube in different communities. I created cash flow models with different scenarios for both products to examine various ways to bring them to market. Furthermore, I helped pitch the products to various people, which was a valuable experience for me. I learned a lot about product development, market research, and how to think about things from a consumer’s perspective. I found it a good experience to apply what I learned in the classroom into real life situations that are not as perfect or as transparent. I also gained a valuable new perspective on our nation’s energy crisis and cyber security as well as military operations.
Lightening Energy, Dover, NJ
Eric Materniak, Lightening Energy