Benjamin Shi ’18


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Electrical Engineering for Community Sustainable Energy Commercial Project

The goals of my internship were to further design, research, and develop Lightening Energy’s lithium-ion battery technologies. My specific focus was implementation of a temperature regulation system. As a mechanical engineer, I concentrated on designing and running simulations using computer aided design (CAD) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), as well as building and testing the prototype. From this internship, I gained a deeper understanding of the performance expectations of a mechanical engineer and developed my analytical and software skills. In particular, I learned some of the nuances of running CFD studies and battery performance optimization. While I’m still developing the topic for my senior thesis, I know that I plan to incorporate CAD and CFD to help with the potential design and analytical aspects.

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Lightening Energy, Dover, NJ


Eric Materniak, Lightening Energy