Captain
Veronica
Name: Veronica LaBelle
Class Year: 2019
Studying: Physics (8) and Electrical Engineering (6-1) with a minor in energy studies
Joined team: Fall 2015
Races attended: None so far :'(
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
Favorite thing to do outside of class:Chorallaries stuff, Solar Car stuff, being spontaneous with friends.
Systems Lead
Name: Micah Gale
Class Year:2018
Studying: Nuclear Science & Engineering (22) with a minor in Russian & Eurasian studies
Joined team: Fall 2014
Races attended: Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015
Why did you join the team? As a freshman I really wanted to build stuff. I went to an Edgerton Center open house because of a robotics team event that I mistakenly went to instead of a Rocket team event. You can’t build anything cooler than a solar car really. I also think solar cars will be a huge part of a carbon-free future.
Favorite Solar Car experience: Camping in the middle of the Australian outback with nothing but the solar car, and the most beautiful stars.
Plans after graduation: I want to somehow progress nuclear power to create a carbon-free energy system. I’ll let you know what my plan is once I retire.
Other Activities:Quidditch, thinking about solar car.
Favorite thing to do outside of class: Binge watch Netflix with friends.
Electrical Lead

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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.
Other Activities:treasurer and vice chancellor of tep xi
Favorite thing to do outside of class: Hiking and photography.
Mechanical Lead
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Name: Mario
Class Year: 2019
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2) with a possible minor in Physics or Astronomy
Joined team:Fall 2015
Races attended:None yet :'(
Why did you join the team?I wanted to be a part of a large-scale engineering project. I’ve also been very passionate about green energy and this team seemed like the best fit.
Favorite Solar Car experience:“It’s definitely been a lot of fun and learning new things. I learned how to weld, use the waterjet, mill, and lathe and I’ve had a lot of fun CADing new parts and making assemblies! The thing I love the most though is definitely welding; I feel like Zeus!
Plans after graduation:Work at JPL, NASA, or SpaceX. I also might end up going to medical school.
Other Activities:I’m in a fraternity, Sigma Nu. I’m also involved in SHPE, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and in Camp Kesem!!!
Favorite thing to do outside of class:Probably chill with friends and play videogames.
Aerodynamics LeadDSC_3435 Name:Reynaldo Garza Jr.
Class Year: 2019
Studying: Mathematics (18)
Joined team: January 2016
Races attended: None so far :'(
Why did you join the team? To learn about aerodynamics and have fun building a solar car.
Favorite Solar Car experience: Independently running simulations and making sense of all the results.
Plans after graduation:I hope to begin working full time in algorithmic trading or some similar occupation. Somewhere that I get to use lots of math and computer science to solve significant problems.
Other Activities: I’m currently working on a part-time UROP sponsored by MIT Sloan and am part of a Projx team for the fall semester.
Favorite thing to do outside of class: Solar Car
Name: Eveline Postelnicu
Class Year: 2017
Studying: 3, Materials Science and Engineering
Joined team:Fall 2012
Races attended:American Solar Challenge 2014
Most useful skill learned: Doing a wet layup and achieving the desired quality of layup through body work.
Fun fact: I was born in Romania!
Why did you join the team?I wanted to learn more about engineering and build something really cool.
Plans after graduation:Get my PhD.
Other Activities:Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
Favorite thing to do outside of class:Sleep.
Name: Chad Uyehara
Year: 2016
Course: 6-1, Electrical Engineering

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DSC_3446 Name: Rose Abramson
Class Year: 2015 (BS) 2016 (M-eng)
Studying: 6-1, Electrical Engineering
Joined team:Fall 2011
Races attended: American Solar Challenge 2012,2014; Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015
Favorite Solar Car experience:seeing the Milky Way in the Outback, spot-welding battery packs
Plans after graduation:Work at a startup focusing on battery technology and power electronics.
DSC_3466 Name:Soma
Class Year:2019
Studying: Materials Science & Engineering with a possible minor in Mathematics
Joined team: Fall 2015
Races attended: None yet :'(
Why did you join the team?I’m interested in sustainability and car design.
Favorite Solar Car experience:Independent Activities Period (IAP) Shenanigans.
Plans after graduation:Unsure
Other Activities:UA (Undergraduate Association) Sustain, Dance
Favorite thing to do outside of class:Dance.
DSC_3453 Name:Rianna Jitosho
Class Year: 2019
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2) with a minor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Joined team: Fall 2015
Races attended: None :'(
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
Favorite thing to do outside of class:eat good food with good people while watching a good movie/show
DSC_3432 Name:Xavier Alexander Zapien
Class Year: 2019
Studying: Electrical Engineering (6-1)
Joined team:Spring 2016
Races attended:None yet :'(
Why did you join the team?I wanted to be able to use my skills outside of paper and pencil. I really enjoy designing, sketching, planning, and building many components and felt that SEVT would give me that opportunity and also allow me to sharpen my skills.
Favorite Solar Car experience:Test driving the car in the back alley and trying to reach 35 kph but then realized that the autopilot was on.
Plans after graduation:I want to work in an aerospace company as an electrical engineer.
Other Activities:Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Sigma Nu Fraternity
Favorite thing to do outside of class:Running or anything Sports related, except Golf
DSC_3464 Name: Tommy Li
Class Year: 2017, Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME)
Studying: Aerospace Engineering (16)
Joined team:Fall 2015
Races attended: None yet :'(
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.
Plans after graduation:Join a Formula One team and work on cars that go somewhat quicker and don’t stop working when it’s a bit cloudy.
Other Activities:MIT Badminton Club
Favorite thing to do outside of class:Sleep. I’m a big fan of sleeping.
Name: Thomas Villalon
Year: Alumnus
Course: 3, Materials Science and Engineering

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Name: Kelly Ran
Year: Alumna
Course: 6-1, Electrical Engineering

Most useful skill learned: How to talk when 5 other people are trying to talk at the same time

Favorite memory: Sleeping under the stars in Australia; getting to know my awesome teammates

Fun fact: My name is a sentence.

Name: Chris Pentacoff
Year: Alumnus
Course: 16, Aeronautics and Astronautics

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!
DSC_3422 Name: David Fellows
Year: 2017
Studying:Aeronautics and Astronautic Engineering, 16
Joined team:Fall 2013
Races attended:American Solar Challenge 2014, Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015
Why did you join the team?Because solar cars are the cutting edge of green transportation.
Favorite Solar Car experience:Driving through the Australian outback for 7 days.
Plans after graduation:Working in propulsion in the aerospace industry.
Other Activities:Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
Favorite thing to do outside of class:I enjoy drumming in my free time.
Most useful skill learned: How to do a composite layup
Fun fact: I race tether cars when I’m back home