Recent Alumni

Recent Alumni


The Stanford Solar Car Project would like to recognize recent alumni who contributed greatly to the team, through leadership positions or membership, during their respective race cycles.


annat2Anna Tskhovrebov joined during the Arctan cycle on the mechanical team. Her first project was building a wooden box to model Arctan’s driver compartment, and she ended up spending 50+ hours and half of World Solar Challenge 2015 in the real-life version of that box. She’s thankful for everything engineering that SSCP taught her.





annaAnna Olson got hooked by the idea of “driving a solar car across the Outback!” and joined the Luminos cycle’s mechanical team as a freshman. She was a Mechanical Lead and driver for the Arctan cycle, and contributed to the aero design of our 2016-2017 car.






Sam D'Amico and Xenith

Sam D’Amico is a hardware engineer at Oculus VR. He was formerly a hardware engineer on Google Glass, and was embedded code lead for the 2011 race cycle.

Ian Girard

Ian Girard first joined the team for a year as freshman and sophomore at the start of the ’09 car. He rejoined the team and went to Australia for the 2011 car and was co-mechanical team lead for 2013. He was a driver for the 2013 World Solar Challenge. He now works for Tesla Motors doing battery pack design.


Toby Sachs-Quintana earned his Ph.D. from the McGehee lab at Stanford University studying the degradation of organic solar cells. After his Ph.D. he will go onto work for the company that he co-founded with a colleague. The company, NexTint is fully funded and produces tint-on-demand window films that allow people to instantly control the amount of light and heat entering their homes or cars. Toby was the array team lead for the 2013 race cycle.


Guillermo Gomez is a current senior at Stanford majoring in Political Science and Mechanical Engineering. He was team lead for the 2014-15 cycle after working on mostly mechanical projects and business for the 2013 cycle.


Darren Chen served as Engineering Lead for the 2014-15 cycle and went to Australia for WSC as part of the team in both 2013 and 2015. He is a current coterm in Mechanical Engineering.


Max Praglin is finishing up his coterm in Electrical Engineering after completing an undergraduate degree in Aero/Astro Engineering. He has been involved with the team since Xenith, where he started his SSCP career designing electrical boards. Max was responsible for the electrical side of the battery management system on Luminos, and served as a strategist for WSC 2013.

Eric Thong earned his BS in Computer Science. Eric’s code was responsible for running many of the boards on Luminos, ranging from driver controls to MPPT interfacing. He was code lead for Arctan and went to WSC in both 2013 and 2015. He enjoys drinking blackcurrant juice and hanging in hammocks. Preferably at the same time.

Jamie Goldfield carrying team bags to set up camp. Photo Credits Hayden Hall

Jamie Goldfield is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Jamie’s pursuits in solar car began with joining the Luminos mechanical team and have since grown to include tire seating, composites, and befriending other solar car teams in middle of the Outback.


Matthew Matera is a senior from New York City studying Mechanical Engineering. As a freshman, Matthew joined the Array Team, helping to construct the Luminos solar array before becoming the Array Team Lead for Arctan.


Aravind Arun is a first-year coterm in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the mechanical team at the beginning of the Luminos cycle, and has worked on a variety of design projects since then. He joined the team in Australia for WSC 2015.