When I got to MIT I joined the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team (SEVT). SEVT is a student run team of mechanical, electrical, and aeronautical engineering undergraduates that design, manufacture, and build a solar vehicle for the World Solar Challenge (WSC) and the American Solar Challenge. I was an part of the team for the entire three an a half year design, build, test, and race cycle for Chopper Del Sol.
The SEVT is a student run team of mechanical, electrical, and aeronautical engineering undergraduates that design, manufacture, and build a solar vehicle for the World Solar Challenge (WSC) and the American Solar Challenge. SEVT gave me an opportunity to assume a number of roles and responsibilities: mechanical team member, machine shop teacher, mechanical lead (leading a team of seven students and responsible for designing, building, integrating and testing all mechanical systems), and design lead (responsible for coordinating the mechanical, electrical, and aerodynamics teams and making final decisions on the design and implementation of the solar vehicle for the 2011 World Solar Challenge). As an experienced machinist, I built the chassis, which was constructed in-house out of steel and aluminum, spare components such as the spindles, which act as the axles, and the rockers (vital components in the suspension system). I had the responsibility of designing the steering system, which is unique to this model with electronically actuated rear wheel steering, the canopy actuation, the body attachment system, and the chassis. I have personally designed a carbon fiber layup and led a team of more than a dozen students in the fabrication of a car body, made out of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and Nomex Honeycomb composites.