Mechanical engineering senior Kirk Smith and physics doctoral student Juan Wang are 2016-17 scholarship recipients of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). Smith was accepted to the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE Germany) program. Wang was selected to participate in the RISE Professional program.
The DAAD is the largest funding organization in the world to support the international exchange of students and scholars. DAAD programs generate goodwill and professional cooperation between Germany and North America. The highly competitive scholarships are designated for students with outstanding academic records and project proposals.
Wang completed a three-month internship at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Renewable Energies and Materials research institute in the summer 2016. She investigated the spectroscopic surface and interface characterization of energy conversion devices.
Smith interned at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt where he assisted a doctoral student with his thesis regarding polymeric solar thermal collectors. Instead of copper panels, they integrated plastic solar collectors into a full-scale, outdoor test setup and produced hot water from solar radiation. Smith’s role involved system and component level heat transfer and performance modeling and experimental validation.