See you later Cal, Hello Imprint Energy!

Hello Everyone,

My name is Priscilla Zhang. I am an upcoming junior studying Chemistry. This summer I will be working at Imprint Energy as a Battery Engineering Intern. I am excited to expand my knowedge of batteries and energy. This will be my first experience working in industry, I am ready to learn and contribute to the projects at Imprint Energy! 

After being accepted into the program, I spoke with the CEO of the company, Christine Ho.  During this conversation I was able to learn more about the company, we discussed my interests and positions and projects that I may take on during my time there. As an alumni of UC Berkeley, Christine and I were able to bond over common struggles as Berkeley students as the second round of midterms were about to end and finals were coming quickly. 

During RRR week, I met up with Kyle McEntush. He participated in the Cal Energy Corps program the previous year as an intern for Imprint Energy. He is returning to Imprint Energy this summer and we will be working together. When I spoke with him, I was able to learn more about his experience at Imprint and the different types of projects he contributed to. Kyle is extremely intelligent, kind, passionate and fun person to be around. I enjoyed our time together and look forward to spending the summer learning from him and working with him.

After a long and arduous Finals week, I will begin my time at Imprint Energy.

Imprint Energy is located in Harbor Bay Alameda. As a native to San Francisco, I wil be commuting to and from San Francisco.

Only a week has gone by since the start of my internship and I have already learned so much from everyone. During my first week I was oriented to the office space, met and was able to converse with several of the workers and was able to gain proficiency in manipulating excel fairly well. Everyone at Imprint comes from a unique background that have all led them to their current positions here. During the summer, I will make it a goal of mine to learn more about each worker and their background. I was also able to integrate myself into the company culture fairly quickly and it makes the days fly by.

One of the most exciting parts of my introduction to the office space is the kitchen. Christine, the CEO, is extremely generous to continuously stock the kitchen full of a variety of snacks and various beverages. It is currently my favorite room and I have no doubt I will be visiting the kitchen several times a day. One of the snack packs contain fun cards that have fun facts about the country. I am trying to collect them and decorate the interns desk with them. I hope to finish this summer's blog with a picture of our well decorated and colorful desks! One my first two days of work, Christine was very kind. She treated everyone out for lunch to Chipotle and the second day she ordered us all pizza. I had deep dish pizza for the first time and it is DELICIOUS!

Kyle has been an important assset to my experience at Imprint. I am given projects to do from the other workers but Kyle is the one who is always there to help me when I need it. During my first week, I was given a task to optimize an ID spreadsheet. I had no idea how to do that and frankly never learned the tricks for excel. Kyle was extremely kind and spent some time in the beginning to teach me some basics in the shortcuts of excel. During my freetime, I was able to search for and make my own excel shortcuts and take advantage of the programs. At the end of the week, I wanted to take on the responsibility of analyzing some data that we had collected. I will definetly be needing Kyle's assistance for this but I hope to learn quickly so I can begin to help with this type of work in the future. 

Not everything is foreign, I was able to whip out some Chemistry knowledge and skill when I was being taught to use the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Using this, you can have a better view of particles and can gain a better understanding of how it is layered by looking at the cross section. Kyle had already used an SEM before in the lab he works at in school. He was comfortable with it quickly and was able to remind me of the steps when I forgot. It is such a fun tool that I hope to get better at it and just spend one day transporting myself into the world of the SEM.