Captain
Veronica
Name: Veronica LaBelle
Class Year: 2019
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2A) with minors in energy studies and Chinese
Joined team: Fall 2015
Why did you join the team? I’ve always been interested in energy and the idea of applying it to something like a solar car was very enticing; went to the open shop and stayed ever since.
Favorite Solar Car experience: Working with the team over Independent activities Period (IAP). It really improved my knowledge and made me feel like part of the team.
Plans after graduation: deciding between industry and grad school.
Other Activities: Chorallaries
Weapon Of Choice: Mallet
Systems Lead
Name: Rianna Jitosho
Class Year:2019
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2) with a minor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Joined team: Fall 2015
Why did you join the team? I like to build things and solar car was a really welcoming team, especially for newbies; Current members are willing to teach you anything they can. Plus, solar cars are awesome!
Favorite Solar Car experience: Solar car during Independent Activities Period (IAP) was a ton of fun because I got to spend more time with my teammates, and I learned the most because we were working directly with the car since it just got back from the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Plans after graduation: Although I don’t have a specific plan, I’m considering mech-e or robotics related careers.
Other Activities:
MIT Women’s Rugby Team, Cru Life Group, Pi Beta Phi, Academic Teaching Initiative
Weapon Of Choice:
Vice Captain
Name: Caroline Jordan
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2016
Why did you join the team? Solar cars are awesome! (and the people are pretty great too)
Favorite Solar Car experience: When we put the car together for a photoshoot – it was around midnight and we were all super tired but when we saw the car it was amazing wow
Plans after graduation:
I’m not sure yet
Other Activities: Kappa Alpha Theta
Weapon Of Choice:
Electrical Lead

Name: Quang Kieu
Year: 2020
Studying: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6-2)
Joined team: Fall 2016
Why did you join the team?
Favorite Solar Car experience:
Plans after graduation:
Other Activities:
Weapon Of Choice:
Mechanical Lead
Name: Amro Alshareef
Class Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2016
Why did you join the team? To build awesome solar powered creativity infused aerodynamic vehicles of mass construction
Favorite Solar Car experience: Staying till about 4 am in shop with a 9 am class the next day
Plans after graduation: Take the solar car to the moon
Other Activities: Soccer, Muslim Students’ Association, carpentry
Weapon Of Choice:
Aerodynamics Lead Name: Harith Morgan
Class Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2), Energy Studies Minor
Joined team: Fall 2016
Why did you join the team? “Solar” “Electric” “Vehicle” “Team”……those are all buzzwords.
Favorite Solar Car experience: When we got a police escort and pushed the car down Mass Ave.
Plans after graduation: Adulting
Other Activities: Muslim Students’ Association, Black Students’ Union
Weapon Of Choice:
Name: Ashisha Persad
Year: 2020
Studying: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6-2)
Joined team: Fall 2016
Why did you join the team? To build things, learn things, and race the car in Australia!
Favorite Solar Car experience: To be determined
Plans after graduation: I just want to graduate first.
Other Activities: Badminton
Weapon Of Choice:
Name: Lisa Tang
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2), with a minor in Energy Studies
Joined team: Fall 2016
Why did you join the team? I’m interested in sustainable energy and enjoy building things. SEVT is both.
Favorite Solar Car experience: Standing in the airstream of Ford’s wind tunnel and feeling like flying.
Plans after graduation: Attending grad school, then working in renewable energy
Other Activities: Musical theatre, fire spinning
Weapon Of Choice: Vibrating Saw
DSC_3446 Name: Rose Abramson
Class Year: 2015 (BS) 2016 (M-eng)
Studied: 6-1, Electrical Engineering
Favorite Solar Car experience: Seeing the Milky Way in the Outback, spot-welding battery packs
DSC_3464 Name: Tommy Li
Class Year: 2017, Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME)
Studied: Aerospace Engineering (16)
Why did you join the team?Aerodynamic performance has a huge impact on the running of a solar car, so I feel that the work I do is very meaningful. I get to work with lots of very motivated people doing something they really enjoy, and it is rewarding to contribute to this great adventure that the team will have in 2017.
Favorite Solar Car experience: Showing Arcturus to members of the public. When working inside the MIT bubble, it’s easy to forget that a solar car is an amazing bit of technology that most people still perceive as a bit whacky and futuristic. The enthusiastic and inquisitive nature of the general public, especially children, remind us that what we’re doing is really cool, and it’s really gratifying when people are impressed by our work.
Name: Thomas Villalon
Year: Alumnus
Studied: Materials Science and Engineering (3)
Most useful skill learned: How to engineer your way out of anything
Favorite Solar Car Experience: Crossing the finish line in ASC 2012
Fun fact: Has welded in a tuxedo before
Name: Chris Pentacoff
Year: Alumnus
Course: Aeronautics and Astronautics (16)
Most useful skill learned: How to make large projects work well with little time, money, and resources. Also, how to survive driving in Boston.
Favorite memory: In WSC 2003, driving Tesseract in the Australian outback with no speed limits and heavy crosswinds for six hours straight so we could become the third team EVER to make it to Alice Springs in 2 days.
Fun fact: Have driven over 40,000 miles with the team, at least 3000 of those in a solar car.
Name: Priya Kikani
Class Year: 2017
Studying: Electrical Engineering (6-1)
Joined Team: 2013
Races Attended: American Solar Challenge 2014, Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015
Why did you join the team? To race solar cars.
Favorite Solar Car experience: The 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
Most useful skill learned: How to design mechanical components.
Favorite memory: Driving Valkyrie around Boston.
Fun fact: I have the best sisters in the world!
Name: Michelle Chao
Year: 2017
Studying: Materials Science and Engineering (3)
Joined team: Fall 2013
Races attended: Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015, American Solar Challenge 2014
Why did you join the team? I found the idea of a car powered only by solar energy to be awesome when I first saw a solar car at the activities midway.
Favorite Solar Car experience: Driving Arcturus through the Australian outback especially when I was allowed to go fast.
Plans after graduation: Work in material science.
Favorite thing to do outside of class: Hiking and photography.