Archive for the ‘General Info’ Category

Busy, busy, OrgoChem, busy

Posted: 13th October 2011 by Rose Pastore in General Info

Alex Zhu took this enlightening screenshot of the team’s collective calendar. And this doesn’t even include our weekly meetings on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Whew.

First meeting of the year

Posted: 30th September 2011 by Alex Zhu in General Info

We had our first official team meeting Wednesday night at the Technological Institute. At the meeting we welcomed all our new members, mainly freshmen, and gave them a clearer picture of what exactly NUsolar is. The meeting started in a classroom, where we went over all the different teams that NUsolar is compromised of. These [...]

Everything you need to know about FSGP 2011

Posted: 18th May 2011 by Rose Pastore in General Info

It’s been a little more than a week since the team’s dramatic third place finish in the 2011 Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But our shiny trophy doesn’t tell the whole story. This was our car’s fourth and final competition. And with a brand new electrical system and drastically improved telemetry, [...]

NUsolar finishes 3rd in Formula Sun Grand Prix

Posted: 9th May 2011 by Michael Sherer in General Info

The 2011 Formula Sun Grand Prix has ended, and we’re happy to report that SC5 finished in 3rd place! The car functioned extremely well and completed over 500 laps during the course of the three day race. We were even able to accept our trophy on the podium at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The entire [...]

Introducing the race crew!

Posted: 3rd May 2011 by Alex Zhu in General Info

Ever wondered about the faces behind NUsolar?  Last week I checked in with all 12 of the team members who are now representing Northwestern at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and asked them a few questions about the upcoming race. Without further ado, the 2011 FSGP Race Crew: Jess Sudo Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering Hometown: Forest Lake, [...]

Formula Sun Grand Prix just a week away

Posted: 27th April 2011 by Rose Pastore in General Info

Check out this interview with Jonathan Cook, sponsorship chair, from the McCormick School of Engineering news center. We are in full race mode now – the team leaves for Indianapolis in just five days. From the McCormick article: “We’re a little nervous, but we’re excited,” said Jonathan Cook, the team’s sponsorship chair. “It’s one of [...]

Using The Force – SalesForce

Posted: 17th April 2011 by Jonathan Cook in General Info
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Star Wars jokes aside, using SalesForce has been a crucial improvement to our team’s sponsorship system, and it will do wonders to ensure efficient data transfer to future generations of team members. Just like any college student group, our team acquires new members every year, which means leadership transitions and losing our best veterans to graduation.  [...]

Thank you, Molex.

Posted: 24th March 2011 by Kristin Landry in General Info, Uncategorized

NUsolar appreciates Molex’s generous donation of electrical connection supplies and tools. Molex’s compact, reliable, and easy to install connectors are a major part of the success of our new electrical system.  Some of the parts we received come in rolls, connector pins for example, and so they number in the hundreds, but luckily can’t be [...]

No classes = lots of progress!

Posted: 23rd March 2011 by admin in Design Updates, General Info

The team has been hard at work over spring break preparing the car for testing. The brand new electrical system is close to completion, and mechanical changes are being made, too. Here are some of the things we have been working on in closer detail: The panel is made out of laser-cut acrylic. Here is [...]

Mechanical Design Meeting

Posted: 21st February 2011 by Kristin Landry in Design Updates, General Info

It’s amazing how fast time passes when discussing driver positioning.  Saturday, I was sitting in the computer lab having just modeled a rough ballast box that should hold our maximum required ballast of 30kg of lead shot.  This estimate is based on our lightest driver, Valerie, who weighs in at just over 50kg, and that [...]