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Kelsey Josund – Team Lead
Kelsey is a senior in Computer Science who has been part of the team for three years. She’ll be sticking around Stanford for a couple more years to get a master’s degree, also in Computer Science, and see the team through the next World Solar Challenge. During the Arctan cycle, she worked on the telemetry system and wrote some of the embedded code while also managing the budget as Financial Officer. She was on a research stipend to do solar car full time in summer 2015 and then went to Australia for WSC. Outside of solar car, you can find her traveling at every opportunity, running (even when it’s raining), and cooking in her apartment.
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Max Drach – Engineering Lead
Max’s Solar Car adventures began his freshman year, during a late-spring Central Valley test drive.  As the convoy flew past vineyards and groves of almond trees, senior members told epic tales that conveyed the passion and grit required to build a solar car.  He was hooked.  During the Arctan cycle, Max took on a variety of projects, including writing embedded code for the Battery Management System.  This cycle, he will help the team improve each sub-system of the car in order to build its best car yet.  When he is not working on the solar car, he likes to discuss the meaning of life, the universe, and everything – in Chinese – in order to improve his foreign language skills.
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Gawan Fiore – Strategy Lead
Gawan joined Solar Car his sophomore year, having no idea what he was getting himself into. As a Computer Science major he worked on both the Code and Business teams, leading the Telemetry project, writing embedded code for Arctan, and interfacing with sponsors. He spent the summer and fall before his senior year chasing the solar car across the Central Valley and the Australian Outback as the team tested and raced Arctan in the World Solar Challenge. 2 years, 8000 miles, and 1 car later he’s ready to do it all over again, this time as the “data guy” (aka Strategy Lead). Outside the shop you can find him cycling, cooking, photographing nature, and hunting down mineral specimens.
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John Stayner – Array Lead
John is a junior in Engineering Physics. He came into college knowing he wanted to work on renewable energy, and found the solar car team at the start of the Arctan cycle. He first got really bitten by the solar car bug when he was given the responsibility of testing materials to see which ones would be used to encapsulate the car’s solar cells, and hasn’t looked back since.
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Alex Lubkin – Array Lead
Alex is a junior studying materials science & engineering. He first became involved in SSCP freshman year, working on array testing and manufacturing, as well as helping out with composite layups. After the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in WSC 2015 as part of the race crew (and travel the world), Alex is ready to develop an awesome solar array for 2017. In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and traveling.
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Rachel Midori Abril – Aero Lead
Rachel is a coterm in Mechanical Engineering. Rachel joined the Luminos mechanical team as a sophomore, and gave the TEDx talk following Luminos’ success. For the most recent Arctan cycle, she specialized in meshing for the aerodynamics team, did mechanical design for the car, and was also a driver. For this next cycle, Rachel is one of the Aerodynamics Leads and hopes to get even more involved in mechanical design. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys recreational horseback riding, yoga, creative writing, and dreaming about classic cars.
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Ashe Magalhaes – Aero Lead
Ashe is a senior majoring in Computer Science. Her first Solar Car project was CAD modeling and meshing countless iterations of solar cars and she looks forward to spending more time in front of screens as she tackles the Telemtry System and formulates Strategy optimizations. Outside of Solar Car, Ashe enjoys thinking about how she might solve Cybersecurity issues to promote U.S-Russia cooperation, eating lots of bread, and applying for Stanford study abroad programs.
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Hayden Hall – Mechanical Lead
Hayden is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. Hayden joined his freshman year and played a major role in manufacturing Arctan. In addition to leading the bodywork needed for aerodynamic realization, Hayden helped with composite layups, chassis construction, and assembly and modification of mechanical systems. After seeing Arctan to its completion and accumulating thousands of test miles, Hayden joined the WSC race crew in Australia. When he’s not focused on solar car, Hayden enjoys wildlife, automotive, and travel photography.
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Roman Decca – Business Lead
Roman is a student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department with a focus in Renewable Energy Engineering. He is particularly interested in the intersection of climate change, engineering, and entrepreneurship, including the commercialization of emerging renewable energy technologies. As the Business Lead, he handles sponsorships and public outreach, and is always eager to hear ideas for promoting the team’s innovative work. In his spare time, you’ll find him hiking, attending clean tech events, and going on road trips across California.
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Michael Chen – Mechanical Team: Lead Battery Engineer
Mike is a Sophomore from New Jersey studying Mechanical Engineering. His Solar Car adventures began during dead week of his Freshman Spring, when, fed up by problem sets drilling seemingly esoteric topics, he biked over to VAIL and checked out what the team was working on. He discovered what he had been looking for all along – a hands-on, student-run project that combined his interests in engineering, automobiles, and renewable energy. Returning for the 2016-2017 cycle as the Battery Lead, Mike has thoroughly caught the bug. When he’s not thinking about batteries, energy, and the preservation of our blue planet, he can be found making a mean Quesadilla despite a very likely lactose intolerance.
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Reed Kraus – Composites Lead
Reed Kraus is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a member of SSCP since Fall quarter of freshman year. During the construction of Arctan, Reed performed a variety of machining, manufacturing, and composite materials operations, and constructed a composites oven for the large-scale molds used on the aerobody of the car. Reed has returned this cycle as Composites Lead, Recruitment Lead, and will also serve as a mechanical engineering team member on miscellaneous projects.
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Jim Liu – Business and Financial Officer
Jim is a Sophomore from New York studying Economics. He joined Solar Car this fall and is eager to help manage the finances and pursue new business development ideas. When he’s not working on sponsor related matters, Jim can be found playing golf or exploring new places to eat. An avid photographer, he likes to travel for great photo ops – hopefully with the team to Australia as well.