Tuesday, June 22, 2021

IIIT Hyderabad student bags internship at Berkeley Lab

Hyderabad: Sneha Jain, a Building Science Research student at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, has been awarded an internship at the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), USA, which will allow her to work there for six months.

The Building Energy Efficiency Higher and Advanced Network (BHAVAN) internship is the result of collaborative efforts between the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF). The objective of the internship is to provide avenues of collaboration between students and scientists from India and the US.

Of the 12 students selected for the internship from across India, Sneha’s research on strategies to minimise glare and overheating in buildings, especially due to the emerging trend of glass facades, has given her the opportunity to intern under the guidance of Christian Kohler, the head of the Building Technology department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Kohler, who incidentally visited IIIT Hyderabad last year, has spent the last two decades on research in improving building energy efficiency using state-of-the-art intelligent facades and daylighting technologies integrated with lighting controls and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems.

Hailing from Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh, 25-year-old Sneha was encouraged and in turn drawn towards academia from the very start by her father, a school principal. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Sneha veered towards the research aspects of technical performance of buildings.

“It is an interdisciplinary course that includes elements of construction technology, illumination engineering, architecture, meteorology, sustainable building, and heat and mass transport physics”, said Sneha, adding that there are very few institutes in India that offer such a course.

Sneha will be flying to California next month.

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