New Cycle, New Leadership

Introducing our 2016-17 cycle leadership team!

Kelsey Josund – Team Lead
(Computer Science 2016 & 2018)
Max Drach – Engineering Lead
(Computer Science 2017)
Gawan Fiore – Strategy Lead
(Computer Science 2016 & 2018)
Kate Pregler – Electrical Lead
(Electrical Engineering 2017)
Brandon Solis – Code Lead
(Computer Science 2017)
Anna Olson & Rachel Abril – Aero Lead
(Mechanical Engineering 2016 & 2017, Mechanical Engineering 2015 & 2017)
John Stayner & Alex Lubkin – Array Lead
(Engineering Physics 2017, Materials Science 2017)
Anna Tskhovrebov & Hayden Hall – Mechanical Lead
(Mechanical Engineering 2017, Mechanical Engineering 2018)
Reed Kraus – Composites Lead
(Mechanical Engineering 2018)
Junwon Park – Business Lead
(Computer Science 2019)
Jim Liu – Financial Officer
(Economics 2018)
Greg Lopes – Lead Engineer: Battery Management System
(Electrical Engineering 2018)
Mike Chen – Lead Engineer: Battery Mechanical System
(Mechanical Engineering 2018)

We have a talented group of excited new leaders ready to take the team into the next two years. Many of these people went with Arctan to the World Solar Challenge and will bring their experience to managing and designing our next car.  Those who stayed behind at Stanford in the fall did a fantastic job of preparing detailed sponsor update packets and recruiting new members to join us moving forward.

After holding an election meeting at the very start of winter quarter, we are now starting to settle into a new meeting structure and getting to know all of our lovely new members. We have a dedicated group working to expand our sponsor network, a team already hitting the ground running to develop a better aerodynamics design toolchain than we’ve had in the past, and lots of mechanical and electrical new member learning projects are getting underway.

We are happy to announce that we will once again be racing in the Challenger Class in the World Solar Challenge in October 2017. After a long conversation, we decided that we are in a unique position this cycle to do better than we ever have before within the same class. At the same meeting, we discussed our philosophy and goals for the coming months. We all very much admired the motivation in the last few cycles to develop a reliable car without compromising speed, and we want to put even more emphasis on safety and driver comfort than we have in the past — a comfortable driver is a better driver, especially in a solar car. And as always, we strongly believe in our motto, “Test it again”.

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