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Suryodaya Internship

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Positions: Electronic Controls Development Engineer; Heat Flow and Thermal Analysis Engineer
Location: Stanford, CA for Web Development, potential for work in India on Firmware Development
Innovation Area: Energy, Food, Water, Human Health and Environment Nexus
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

We work to sustainably improve incomes of the 110 million smallholder farmers in India by providing them year-round, income-generating opportunities while reducing food waste and environmental impact.

Who Should Apply

You should apply if you:

  • have a keen interest to support the development of agriculture communities in India and around the world to sustainably improve their livelihood.
  • are resourceful, driven, and flexible.
  • able to learn and work cross-culturally.

Electronic Controls Development Engineer


  • Continue development of our electronic controls software in collaboration with our India-based partner Pequrel Microelectronics.
  • Work closely with Stanford- and India-based teams on controls functionality and user interface.

Required Expertise

Two potential paths depending on candidate:

  • Web Development: Exposure to HTML and CSS Scripting in PHP & JavaScript; GUI/UI/UX design experience; REST APIs; Web hosting/web server; Build and maintain databases.
  • Firmware Development: Excellent Programming Skills in Embedded C; Knowledge of low-level communication protocols like I2C, UART, SPI etc. and hardware interfaces; Know-how of Microcontrollers, PIC desirable.

Preferred Skills/Majors

Majors: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or similar.

  • Web Development: Problem solving abilities; Gather requirements & triaging , Stay up to date with new trends and advancements in web development.
  • Firmware: Ability to optimize code for efficiency, memory and speed; Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; Ability to overcome hardware issues with software workarounds.

Heat Flow and Thermal Analysis Engineer


  • Provide insight into heat flows (e.g. gains, losses, and opportunities) for thermal management improvement using current material and structural designs, electronic controls capabilities, and India-based environmental information.
  • Work consistently with Stanford-based team on thermal design optimization.
  • Discuss with India-based team for needed data and information.

Required Expertise

Strong background and experience in:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics
  • CAD
  • CFD and FEA

Preferred Skills/Majors

Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science & Engineering

Experience with CAD software (e.g. SolidWorks) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (e.g. ANSYS) applications to buildings.