Research and Design Engineer Intern
Northville, MI (Hybrid: 70% on site for data collection, 30% at home for data analysis)
Nicola Gerrett and Matt Mallete
Description of Internship Project and Intern’s Role and Responsibilities
Proposed Project Title: Thermophysiological and subjective responses to Gentherm’s Climate seats.
With the support of your supervisors, lead and execute a research project, addressing a hypothesis comparing different thermal effectors or effector configurations in a vehicle (e.g., neck convective device vs. heated head rest, or convective footwell device airflow direction) on physiological and subjective responses and the implications for the car (i.e., energy saving potential). The intern will have support recruiting participants and setting up experimental work space. They will lead the human research trials, which can include (but are not limited to) ambient sensors in the vehicle (e.g., surface or air temperatures) and attaching physiological sensors (e.g., skin temperature, skin blood flow, EKGs, sweat sensors) to a human and collecting accurate data. The student will be expected to analyze the data and make interpretations and recommendations of the findings to stakeholders in the company.
The intern will gain experience working in a human research laboratory within a company. They will have the opportunity to work with a number of biometric sensors that capture the thermophysiological and subjective responses of humans in different thermal environments. They will have an opportunity to conduct an empirical research study (either in an environmental chamber, research laboratory, or a car), developing the skills necessary to collect, examine, and interpret issues related to human physiology and translate that to real world situations.
Full time, September to December 2022, Monday through Friday.
About the Organization
Gentherm is a thermal solutions company in the automotive and medical sector. They create thermal products that impact people, whether through heating/cooling devices in cars or in the operating theaters of hospitals. The company has a diverse group of talented engineers, and they are trying to improve the impact that their products have on their end users from a physiological and perceptual perspective. The internship advertised will be in the automotive department, working with a team of physiologists, data scientists and engineers to improve the thermal experience of car passengers.