We operate entirely from volunteer efforts. There are no applications, no selections, and no voting. Any enrolled Stanford student can join our project. Most members are undergraduates, but we welcome grad students as well.
During the school year our team has about 20 members who work on the car on a regular basis. Many more come infrequently and tend to be unproductive. However, for manpower-heavy events like constructing the car body, every hand is a big help.
While the team is mostly made up of engineers, we welcome all majors. Stanford teaches theory of economics, engineering, and management but rarely puts any of these things into practice as part of the curriculum. We build real cars on real schedules with real money and learn all of the skills necessary to do that on the job. Our project is entirely student run, so we need members who can execute every aspect of being a successful race team. Even if you don’t have experience in these fields you will learn all you need to know by joining our team.
Here are a few of the sub-teams on the project:
- Aerodynamic Analysis
- Business and Finance
- Composite Structures
- Driver Control and Telemetry Code
- Electrical Design
- Logistics and Component Sourcing
- Mechanical Design
- Media and Public Relations
- Motor Design
- Race Strategy and Race Crew
- Solar Panel Encapsulation
- Sponsorship Coordination
If you’re interested in joining, know that there’s a minimum commitment required to get anything back out of the experience. You should come to our regular meetings and take up a project. Try to get it done within a couple of weeks and see how you enjoyed the experience. If you didn’t have trouble finding time to get it done, and you felt a lot of satisfaction in doing a good job, then SSCP is absolutely for you.
We need people who can design, build, test, and race a solar car. We also need people who can manage a team and raise money to make sure the project is well funded and on schedule.
We are just starting on our brand new car, so now is the best time to join!