I’m officially a college graduate. But the work is just beginning. I’ve got lots of announcements coming up in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes on my blog! First up, I want to explain what I’ll be working on this summer: SUNN. For the last year, I’ve been developing a Hybrid Fiber Optic LED lighting system capable of piping natural sunlight into any room in any building using fiber optic cables; this was my masters thesis project at Cornell. The system included a heliostat, fiber optic transport cables, a control system complete with multiple servers and a mobile app, a custom luminaire, and printed circuit boards/software that I designed to supplement the natural light with color-tuned natural lighting. My team and I presented this work on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the National Sustainable Design Expo in April You can read more about this research (and find lots of photos) in my portfolio.
While researching and developing this system as part of the masters program at Cornell, I was working with John Ciecholewski and Kelton Minor through Cornell’s eLab startup accelerator to commercialize a technology inspired by, but separate from, this research. We’ve formed a company SUNN, and we’ll be working in NY city this summer to turn our prototypes into revolutionary lighting products with the aim of drastically improving people’s quality of life both at home and at work by giving them access to better-quality light, at all times. You can learn a bit more about SUNN on my portfolio page, but you should follow us on twitter/facebook, and visit our website if you want to get updates as we release more information.