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: 2A-6: Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics
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: Getting food with the gang <3 But second place is machining with the Haas for the first time!
Plans after graduation: More school…
Other Activities:Cru, TA for ESG, Adventuring
Weapon Of Choice: Waterjet
Vice Captain
Name: Caroline Jordan
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2016
Why did you join the team? The team is amazing! Everyone is so welcoming and fun. I was impressed by how much I learned so quickly, so I stuck with it! The car itself is also very cool.
Favorite Solar Car experience: Both road trips have been incredible! The team is the phenomenal; we always learn so much and have a lot of fun on these trips.
Plans after graduation: TBD
Other Activities: Kappa Alpha Theta
Weapon Of Choice: My fists man, come at me…
Electrical Lead

Name: Quang Kieu
Year: 2020
Studying: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6-2)
Joined team: Fall 2016
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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
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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
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Media Lead 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 cool places! I guess the people are kinda cool too :)
Favorite Solar Car experience: Road trips and late nights in shop
Plans after graduation: I just want to graduate first.
Other Activities: Badminton
Weapon Of Choice: Thicc
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? MechE + Renewable Energy = Solar Car
Favorite Solar Car experience: Road trips with the team
Plans after graduation: Working in energy consulting
Other Activities: Engineers Without Borders, Musical Theatre Guild
Weapon Of Choice: the car
Name: Francis Wang
Year: 2021
Studying: Electrical Engineering (6-1)/ Physics (8-flex)
Joined team: Fall 2017
Why did you join the team? Fun and Friendship
Favorite Solar Car experience: May Road-trip
Plans after graduation: Haven’t thought that far yet
Other Activities: This is my “other activity”
Weapon Of Choice: Probably our battery pack
Name: Peter Crocker
Year: 2020
Studying: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6-2)
Joined team: Spring 2017
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Name: Minsu Jung
Year: 2021
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
Why did you join the team? the people <3
Favorite Solar Car experience: IAP cake party!
Plans after graduation: grad school maybe?
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Name: Cece Chu
Year: 2021
Studying: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6-2) , possibly minor in 8
Joined team: Fall 2017
Why did you join the team? The EE tEEm is bEEst
Favorite Solar Car experience: Assembling the battery packs
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Other Activities: ADT, Concert Choir, UA Sustain
Weapon Of Choice: Heat gun
Name: Sabrina Tseng
Year: 2021
Studying: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6-2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
Why did you join the team? To learn new things, meet cool people, and build a solar car (duh)
Favorite Solar Car experience: Trying to take photos of the sparks while spot-welding
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Other Activities: RoboCup
Weapon Of Choice: Soldering iron (it has attacked me many times)
Name: Yousef Mardini
Year: 2021
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Name: Wendy Trattner
Year: 2021
Studying: Materials Science and Engineering (3A)
Joined team: Spring 2018
Why did you join the team? I joined because I love renewable energy applications, I stayed because I love the engineering experience, the hands-on learning, and the people.
Favorite Solar Car experience: Watching the faces of bystanders when Flux passes them
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Other Activities: MIT Climate Action Team, DanceTroupe, Lean0nMe, Painting, Poetry
Weapon Of Choice: Katana
Name: Carson Tucker
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
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Name: Valerie Hunter
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
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Name: Allison Lenhard
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
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Name: Danny
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
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Name: Landon Chu
Year: 2021
Studying: Computer Science (6-3)
Joined team: Spring 2018
Why did you join the team? Who doesn’t like solar cars?
Favorite Solar Car experience: Being assaulted by the ceiling hose in shop
Plans after graduation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Other Activities: MIT Rifle
Weapon Of Choice: Tape
Name: Aballa Osman
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
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Name: Salem Ali
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
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Name: Simran Pabla
Year: 2020
Studying: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6-3)
Joined team: Fall 2017
Why did you join the team? To explore EE and learn how to build cool things!
Favorite Solar Car experience: My first time helping with testing (and every test drive after that!). It’s exciting to see all of our work in action and awesome to have all the sub-teams come together.
Plans after graduation: Becoming Tony Stark
Other Activities: Fall Career Fair Committee, Peer Mentors
Weapon Of Choice: My Laptop (and Oreos)
Name: Nafim Rahman
Year: 2020
Studying: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Joined team: Fall 2017
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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: 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: 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: 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.