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Three RIT students have received a Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) grant from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to assist with research in Germany during the summer of 2021. This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain practical research experience. Students work with a German university and a German Ph.D. student on research projects in science and engineering.


Alissa Mann
Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering

Alissa will work with Technische Universität Dortmund in Germany, researching electromagnetic and thermal field simulation related to high-voltage cables current transmission. The research project will also involve fiber-optic voltage and electric field strength sensing based on optical pockels-effect. The opportunity to work on an electrical engineering project with a German university was an experience she did not want to pass up. “Having this experience will give me a new perspective, get out of my comfort zone and experience new things,” Alissa says. 

Sam Hebbar
Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Sam’s research at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern in Germany will focus on developing a simple, easy-to-use, and portable electric photometer to measure the quality of wine in an industrial setting. “As a Biomedical engineer, I am interested in one day designing and manufacturing biomedical devices that can make healthcare more accurate and accessible to people all over the world. While the product I'll be working on during this experience isn't related to the biomedical device industry, it will give me the tools and experience I need to one day reach that goal,” Sam says. 

Jacob Dapper-Campagnola
Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering

Jacob will assist with research at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern in Germany on a project related to molecular modeling and simulation of nanoscale contacts and lubricants.

Ashley Lasko (COS, Physics), was also an awardee, however chose to not pursue the award due to other opportunities.

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD), the largest funding organization globally, supports the international exchange of students and scholars.

DAAD programs help create goodwill and professional relationships that will build a solid basis for Germany and North America relations. DAAD scholarships are highly competitive, with independent selection committees choosing recipients based on outstanding academic records and exceptional statements of purpose.

RIT students interested in applying for the DAAD Rise Undergraduate Research fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (, Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.