Today marks my last day as an intern at Imprint Energy. It’s crazy to think that, just 13 weeks ago, I had no idea what I was getting into. And just yesterday, I gave my final presentation. It was a bittersweet moment for me because it brought together everything that I worked on while also signifying that my summer at Imprint Energy is coming to an end. Afterwards, the entire team went out to celebrate by bowling at AMF Southshore Lanes in Alameda, CA. It was a fun night!
When working on my final presentation, I’m embarrassed to say that I got trapped in data. The first draft of my presentation was an overload of information with few explicit takeaways. When I went over the slides with my boss, Jesse, he emphasized that I needed to connect the data into broad categories to make things digestible to the audience. Furthermore, I that I needed to distill takeaways from the information I was presenting rather than just showing data. In short, I failed to take a step back and look at my slides from the perspective of an audience member. This is something that my dad has been telling me for years – he knows I have an engineering and data-driven mindset, but recognizes that I need to work to coherently putting this information into a presentation. He says that there are a lot of engineers, but fewer that can communicate their findings to an audience. After meeting with Jesse, I spent the rest of my night re-working my presentation into a coherent form. It definitely paid off. When I went over the slides with Jesse the next day and made a few adjustments, my presentation was ready.
About an hour before I gave my presentation, two new interns from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Arkar and Sourav, stopped by. They will be working with Imprint Energy for the next year, and the team felt that coming to see my presentation would be a good way to get their feet wet. Jesse also asked me to try to transfer any knowledge I had regarding code at Imprint Energy to Sourav, an electrical engineer that will be replacing me on the battery test and quality team.
My presentation went pretty well. My time at Imprint Energy could be put into three broad categories: Quality, Reliability, and Other. In terms of quality, I improved the accuracy of data collection in addition to improving data richness with no cost. That is, I was able to change the battery tests we perform to include additional useful data without increasing test time. For reliability, I spent a few hours every week tracking battery performance over time. I also looked at how storage conditions affected lifespan. This part of my presentation caught some of the team by surprise. I recently collected data that contradicted previous findings for experimental storage conditions that were originally thought to be beneficial. As a result, the team will be keeping a close eye in the next few weeks. Towards the end of my presentation, I showed miscellaneous information like the many of the useful queries I had written over the summer. I also pointed them towards an “encyclopedia” with information about each. I’m confident they’ll continue to be useful in the future.
After I finished presenting, I joked with the NUS interns that they’d have to do about four times what I did, as they’ll be at Imprint for a year while I was here for a short three months. Soon after, we all headed to AMF Southshore Lanes to go bowling. I hadn’t been bowling in about half a year, but I actually did pretty well. The first game, I won with a score of 104. I had an amazing second game and won again, this time with a score of 143! I’m not a pro bowler by any means, but I’m pretty proud of myself.
In just a few short hours, my summer at Imprint Energy will come to an end. I’m happy to have met the people that I did and learn from them as much as possible. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I highly recommend Imprint Energy (and start-ups in general) as an awesome opportunity for college undergraduate. I wish nothing but the best for the company. It’s time to get ready for another semester at Cal.