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.
Ieva Stakvileviciute (2020) is pursuing a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing and Design Engineering from McCormick School of Engineering. She has been with the team since her Freshman year and became the Project Manager her Junior year. As the Project Manager, Ieva oversees the entirety of NUsolar’s project including project and risk management, engineering and budget planning, marketing and team building.
Christopher Lee (2021) is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering degree from the McCormick School of Engineering. He has been with the team since his Freshman year and became the Business Lead his Sophomore year. As the Business Lead, Chris oversees the entirety of NUsolar’s budget and finances, makes orders and communicates with our sponsors.
Lindon Liu (2020) is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering. He has been with the team since his Freshman year and became Mechanical Lead his junior year. As Mechanical Lead, Lindon oversees the construction of the car. To do so, he leads the mechanical team and makes sure all projects are completed on time.
Charlie Costakis (2020) is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering. He has been with the team since his Freshman year and became Electrical Lead his Junior year. As the Electrical Lead, Charlie is in charge of the electrical team and all its projects, including setting up SC7’s battery, circuitry and solar cell array.
2021 – Mechanical
2021 – Mechanical
2020 – Project Manager
2021 – Business Lead
2020 – Mechanical/Business
2022 – Business
Graduate Student – Business/Electrical
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.