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.
Kelsey Josund joined the team during Arctan cycle and was team lead during Sundae cycle while completing her Master’s degree in Computer Science. She raced in WSC in both 2015 and 2017 and enjoys travel, running and reading National Geographic. Kelsey now works at Pilot AI.
Max Drach was Sundae’s engineering director and wrote embedded code for the battery management system during Arctan cycle. He raced both in 2015 and 2017. Max is now living and working in San Francisco; in his free time he likes to discuss life, the universe, and everything – in Chinese – to develop his foreign language skills.
John Stayner, Array team lead during Sundae cycle, has graduated with a degree in Engineering Physics and gone on to work at SpaceX, with the intention to return one day and complete a master’s degree. He led the push to create Sundae’s custom array encapsulation and always kept the team well supplied with gummy bears and Domino’s pizza.
Kate Pregler, Sundae electrical team lead and race driver, graduated recently and has gone on to work at Apple. She’s famous in team lore for bringing anything and everything into the car during driving shifts, from Kapton tape to sandwiches.
Rachel Abril was the aero lead, suspension designer, and a driver for Sundae. She graduated with her master’s in mechanical engineering prior to WSC 2017 and now works on vehicle dynamics at Byton. In her free time she enjoys creative writing, Zumba, and daydreaming about classic cars.
Hayden Hall led the mechanical design and build of Sundae while getting his mechanical engineering degree. He now works on chassis design at Byton and lives in San Jose, where he spends his time working on cars and occasionally engaging in a bit of lawn maintenance.
Gawan Fiore led Sundae’s race strategy efforts and contributed significantly to the build effort prior to WSC 2017. He’s currently finishing up his master’s in Computer Science and enjoys photography and cooking in his spare time.
Mike Chen designed Sundae’s battery pack and raced with the team in WSC 2017. He graduated in 2018 and moved to San Francisco to pursue bigger and better things in the world of batteries, working as an engineer at Sila Nanotech after a stint with Tesla.
Anna 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.
Anna 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.