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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 develops thermally engineered garments based on radiative cooling using photonic structure textiles. Our fabric designs uniquely allow body heat to dissipate more efficiently and provide significantly improved cooling performance compared to other fabrics. Our technology applies pioneering radiative cooling textile research performed at Stanford University, which resulted in the first experimental demonstration of textiles with enhanced cooling performance based on radiative heat transfer. We are now working on bringing this innovative cooling textile technology to the market place.


The intern will work on tasks that further the development of our textile technology:

  • Work with our team to characterize and analyze fabric samples
  • Create methods and models to fine-tune prototypes using textile characterization
  • Participate in innovative cooling garment design informed by customer discovery

Who Should Apply

Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Material Science, Electrical Engineering students who are enthusiastic about and eager to immerse themselves in an innovative textile technology that enables energy conservation and comfort enhancement through local thermal management.

Required Expertise

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

Preferred Skills/Major

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

  • Strong interest in textile-based product design, creation, and development
  • Familiarity with textile design and fabrication (yarn production, fabric formation using weaving and knitting, garment design and fabrication, …)