Nicole Lin

Automotive Intern

Cornell University

Where are you from?

SF Bay Area

What do you study and where?

Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University.

Favorite Aeris project that you have worked on?

The smaller embedded systems project I worked on towards the end of the internship was my favorite, because it felt like putting a puzzle piece together. Each component was comprised of other, smaller components, and it was both challenging and rewarding to make them work together.

Favorite experience with the interns?

Although I didn’t present, I still attended the intern exchange at Makena Capital Management. The Aeris interns presented a mock start-up pitch, and the Makena interns presented an overview of their investment strategy, and I found it to be extremely educational on both fronts. We had a great discussion about the future of IoT. Being challenged to see the work you’ve been doing all summer from a different perspective, makes this my favorite experience with the interns.

What have you gained from the internship?

The number one thing I’ve gained from this internship is how to figure out how existing code works, and how to make it cleaner/more serviceable, and/or leverage it for your own uses. This is actually a really useful skill that I’ve used for every single project I worked on this summer. Other than that, I’ve gotten a lot of practice coding and debugging on the command line, and I’ve learned how code passes through different testing environments.

What advice would you give someone considering an Aeris internship?

An internship at Aeris is a great way to get started in a career in tech. There’s a lot more to working at a software company than just writing code. If you’re an engineer, then when you get to Aeris you’ll learn how to practice writing good code, but you’ll also learn how to manage technical work using company-specific tools including providing necessary documentation on your project.

What is your most unforgettable memory at Aeris?

I will never forget presenting at the biweekly engineering meeting, which is an engineering team update that happens between the Chicago and San Jose offices. It was probably the first time I’ve ever presented a technical overview of anything to an audience of all technical people. It was scary, but a great experience.

What is your favorite part about working at Aeris?

As an intern, one thing I’ve hugely appreciated about working at Aeris is that all the full-time employees, including managers and even the CEO (!!), treat you like another full-time employee. I like that the work I’m doing is important enough to continue to be used and useful in the future, after I leave the internship. This impact makes each project more meaningful.

What made you choose Aeris?

This summer I really wanted to be back in the bay, so having a job close to home was a huge bonus of working at Aeris. But more than that, as I was researching which internships to apply to, Aeris really stood out because the sheer magnitude of applications for their technology is objectively impressive. Before I explored Aeris’s website, the phrase “IoT” was nothing more than a buzzword I had heard at career fairs and news headlines. But the more I explored their website (it’s a very educational website, I think), I was stunned not only by how wide Aeris’ reach currently is, but also how wide it could grow. And then I got excited. How cool is it to build things that have the potential to affect the lives of everyone on the planet? Really cool, I think. The fact that this impact isn’t an exaggeration is what really drew me to Aeris.