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Positions: Technology Development Intern
Location: Stanford, CA
Innovation Area: Energy Efficiency
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

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IRCool Textiles is developing radiative cooling garments using photonic structure textiles. Our unique fabric designs allow body heat to dissipate more efficiently and provide significantly better cooling compared to other fabrics. This technology applies pioneering radiative cooling textile research performed at Stanford University, which resulted in the first experimental demonstration of textiles with enhanced cooling performance using radiative heat transfer. We are working on bringing this innovative cooling textile technology to the market place.


The intern will work on a range of development tasks to advance our textile technology:

  • Participate in design of innovative cooling garments informed by customer discovery
  • Create models to fine-tune existing fabric and garment prototypes based on analysis of textile characterization data
  • Work with our development team to characterize fabric and garment samples
  • Develop design tools and procedures for creating new fabric and garment prototypes

Who Should Apply

Product Design, Engineering, Applied Physics, and Material Science students enthusiastic about an innovative cooling textile technology that enables both energy conservation and comfort enhancement through local thermal management

Required Expertise

  • Knowledge of basic optical properties (transmission, reflection, absorption, …)
  • Knowledge of radiative/non-radiative (conductive, convective, latent) heat transfer
  • Experience in product design, product development, and/or customer discovery
  • Experience with mathematical software (e.g., MATLAB, Mathematica) for analysis
  • Experience with experimental characterization techniques (e.g., UV-VIS and FTIR spectroscopy, thermal measurements)

Preferred Skills/Major

Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering

  • Familiarity with and/or an interest in textile design and fabrication (yarn production, fabric formation using weaving and knitting, garment design and fabrication, etc.)