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Alex Kelly

Project Director

As project director, I manage non-engineering activities. I was drawn to SolarPack by the commitment to sustainability and motivation for realisitic sustainable transportation. When I am not working on the car I enjoy cooking and spending time outside.

Jonathan Rhodes

Aerodynamics  Lead

As the aerodynamics team lead, I manage a team of engineering students to design and manufacture the exterior shell of our solar-powered car. We prioritize minimum drag and low weight to maximize the efficiency of our car. I am a 3rd-year aerospace engineering student who joined SolarPack because of my passion for cars and to apply my classroom knowledge towards building a solar-powered car. Outside of academics I enjoy motorsports and skiing.

Harrison Strag

High Voltage Lead

As the High Voltage team lead, I oversee the vehicle systems involved in the charging and use of the battery pack, including the motor and motor controller. As a third year electrical engineering student and long-time fan of electric vehicles, SolarPack has been a great way to combine academics and passion. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and trying to cook.

Matthew Panizza

Solar Lead

As the solar team lead, I manage the systems of the car that allow it to charge using solar energy. After building solar cars in high school, I wanted to continue down that path, with SolarPack being the best opportunity for that. In my free-time, I enjoy tinkering with electronics and building PCs with friends.

Ben Nichols

Technical Director

As technical director, I manage the engineering operations of the team and create timelines that allow us to achieve our goals with each car. As a mechanical engineering student minoring in renewable energy, I find myself constantly thinking about how we can become more sustainable. This is exactly what caused me to become a member of SolarPack and it is also what drove me to my current position. Outside of SolarPack, I enjoy playing soccer, listening to music, and playing a variety of card games.

Emma McLaughlin

Business Lead

As the Business Team Lead I oversee sponsorship, finance, social media, and outreach events for SolarPack. I am a junior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. My favorite aspect of Solarpack is that I get to lead sustainability driven peers that share a common interest as me. I make sure to include sustainable practices in my everyday life such as, composting, using biodegradable products, and making sure to reuse everything that I can. I live for trying new experiences and educating others on small changes they can make to better themselves and the world we live in.

Bec Alderson

Structures Lead

As the structures team lead, I manage a team of engineering students to design, model, and test the static structures of the car, like the chassis and roll cage. I’m a senior in mechanical engineering and I first got involved with SolarPack because I loved the idea of being able to apply my engineering skills to such an innovative and sustainability-focused project. When I’m not working on the car, I enjoy spending time with my friends and rock climbing.

Matthew Blake

Vehicle Dynamics Lead

As the vehicle dynamics team lead I oversee the development of mechanical aspects within the car, involving systems such as suspension, steering, and powertrain. I have been interested in cars and racing since I was a kid, And SolarPack was a great opportunity to combine my passions for automotive mechanics and environmental sustainability. My other hobbies include music, camping, and scuba-diving.