Team

NUsolar 2017

Team History

The Northwestern University Solar Car Team (NUsolar) is an undergraduate student organization that designs, builds, and races solar-powered vehicles. 

NUsolar was founded in 1997 by students and faculty at Northwestern University. Our first car, Sun Cat, was completed in 1999. Since then, we have built seven more vehicles and participated in over 10 solar car races.

Our mission is to enhance the education and career preparation for Northwestern students by providing hands-on project management, design, and manufacturing experience in addition to providing an outlet for students to demonstrate their skills and commitment to potential employers. We also promote alternative energy by increasing the “green” energy awareness in the community and demonstrating the feasibility of solar power.

Cars
Members
Years of Experience
%
Solar Power

Team Leadership

Project Manager

Alexander Martin (2017) is pursuing a dual degree in both the McCormick School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and the Bienen School of Music (Violin). He has been on the team since his freshman year and became Project Manager his senior year. As Project Manager, Alexander oversees the entirety of NUsolar, including the construction of the car, the status of the electrical team, the many sponsorship deals, and the details of the race.

Mechanical Lead

Dan Li (2017) is pursuing a degree in the BS/MS program in the McCormick School of Engineering for Mechanical Engineering. He has been with the team since his freshman year and became Mechanical Lead his senior year. As Mechanical Lead, Dan is in charge of constructing the car. To do so, he leads the mechanical team and makes sure all projects are completed on time.

Electrical Lead

Ben Donahue (2018) is pursing a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering. He became the Electrical Lead in the 2016-2017 school year. As the Electrical Lead, Ben is in charge of the electrical team and all its projects, including currently fixing SC6’s battery and improving its solar cell array.

Members

Alex Silver
2017 – Mechanical

Shuyue Zheng
2017 – Electrical

Sylvia Fu
2018 – Electrical

Austin Han
2018 – Mechanical

Fellipe Sebastiam
2018 – Mechanical

Ethan Park
2018 – Electrical

Kerui Tan
2018 – Mechanical

Frank Wang
2018 – Electrical

Akash Borde
2019 – Electrical

Emily Feng
2019 – Business

David Geng
2019 – Mechanical

Charlie Costakis
2020 – Electrical

Crystal Gong
2020 – Mechanical

Andrew Lin
2020 –  Mechanical

Mark Liu
2020 – Business

Lindon Liu
2020 – Mechanical

Dylan Montgomery
2020 – Mechanical

Ieva Stakvile
2020 –  Mechanical

Emily Zhao
2020 – Business

Tom O’Donnel
Writer

Advisors

Mr. Comolli is Founder and President of DMAXX, LLC, a software and service provider that has been providing office solutions to the CTA community since 1994. He is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University.

Professor Ehmann is a professor of mechanical engineering. He is also a fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and a fellow of SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers).

Dr. Herbst is a clinical professor of mechanical engineering and a director of the Master of Product Developmental Program.

Professor Wu is a professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science. He has been at Northwestern University since 1983.