[Blog #0] Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Naveen, and I am a rising senior studying Energy Engineering with a minor in EECS. I was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA and enjoy basketball and playing the saxophone. I fell in love with camping and the outdoors at a young age, so I've always known that I want to help solve the issue of global climate change. Now as both an Eagle Scout and engineering student, I am committed to making a tangible difference on the planet by exploring different solutions in the energy sector, making the Cal Energy Corps program an excellent fit for me.

This past year, I began conducting research on electric vehicle charging stations and learned how we can apply machine learning algorithms to learn user behavior and manage electric power and parking. I am also part of CalSol, the UC Berkeley solar vehicle team, where I help design and integrate a custom solar array that powers the car. These projects have allowed me to gain experience working with a team of talented engineers and have made me eager to learn and contribute more to the field of Energy Engineering.

As someone who has lived their entire life in California, I have experienced firsthand the countless wildfires and smoky days that disrupt our lives during the dry season. I have also seen how much more devastating these fires have become in recent years and recognize that this is an urgent problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible. Throughout my internship at Gridware this summer, I will have the chance to design embedded hardware that can detect electrical faults in real time and ultimately mitigate the risk of wildfires. My goals for this internship are to gain exposure to the engineering design process and to understand and be able to navigate the challenges that come with working in a startup environment. I will be starting work in person this week, which is very exciting since I will have the opportunity to work closely with everyone in the company and run tests in the lab on-site. I can't wait to get started, and I look forward to updating my blog this summer with everything I've learned!