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Our Solar Leads

Sidharth Babu

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Team Captain

Sidharth is a fourth year Electrical and Computer Engineering student from Nashville, Tennessee. He has been on the team for four years (way too long), and has completely forgotten what a normal Saturday looks like. As the Team Captain, he pretends to know what's going on, obsessively checks Slack, and tries to keep our brilliant leads and members on track to building the best car possible. Whenever he gets a bit of free time to himself however, he enjoys cooking, working out, and playing sand volleyball. He also occasionally bakes brownies (he says Ghirardelli makes the best box mix). 

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Jacob Yan

Chief Engineer

Jacob is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering Integrated Masters Student from Plano, Texas. As the Chief Engineer, he oversees both the Electrical and Mechanical divisions and is definitely 100% without a doubt as helpful on electrical design as he is on mechanical. Outside of LHR, Jacob enjoys D&D, cooking, playing badminton, and playing trumpet - more commonly known as "the noise cone". Jacob is pretty sure that it's possible to sleep more than 7 hours in a night, but he hasn't been able to confirm that for himself. 

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Manthan Upadhyaya

Electrical Lead

Manthan is a Master's Student specializing in Integrated Circuits and Systems. As electrical lead, he manages the design and manufacturing of the electrical system. This might be ill advised considering the sheer amount of side projects he has blown up, but we don't talk about that... 

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Nathan Lee

Mechanical Lead

Nathan Lee is a third year Mechanical Engineer from Houston, Texas. As mechanical lead, he manages the design and manufacturing of the mechanical system. This might be ill advised considering the sheer amount of side projects he has blown up, but we don't talk about that... 

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Elizabeth Chong

Operations Lead

Elizabeth is a third year Art History student who works with Corporate Relations and Public Relations for the Solar Team. Outside of LHR, she enjoys photography, art, fashion, and hanging out with her cats! 

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Philip Bortolotti

Dynamics Lead

Philip is a third-year Mechanical Engineering major from Houston, Texas. Outside of LHR he enjoys baking, photography, and collecting vinyl records. He is also the unofficial socials lead of the Solar team, with a known love for karaoke. 

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Sreekar Ponnapalli 

Ergonomics Lead

Sreekar is a second-year Mechanical engineering major from Frisco, TX. Outside of LHR, he loves to play basketball, hike, and sing.  

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Maylin Rawson 

Aerodynamics Lead

Maylin is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major from Tomball, Texas. In LHR, she works on the large composites that make up the aeroshell of the car. Outside of LHR, she enjoys thrifting, drawing, and making tier-lists with her roommate. 

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Tianda Huang 

BPS Lead

Tianda Huang is a Master's Student specializing in Systems for Machine Learning. As Battery Protection Systems lead, he manages the systems for protecting the batteries. Outside of LHR, he indulges in running, volleyball, and piano. 

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Yejean Kim 

Data Adquisition Lead

Yejean (yay-JEEN) is a junior from Plano, TX studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. When she is not at LHR, she enjoys hiking/running, watching horror movies, and eating her favorite snack, Whales, the best fish-shaped baked snack cracker. 

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Roy Mor

Power Generation Lead

Roy is a third-year Electrical and Computer engineering major from Plano, TX. As Power Gen lead, he spends 90% of his time inhaling lamination fumes and 10% of his time ensuring the array produces power. Outside of LHR, he enjoys reading and rock climbing despite his crippling fear of heights. 

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Ishan Deshpande

Controls Lead

Ishan is a third year Electrical and Computer Engineering student from Austin, TX. As the Controls lead, he manages any driver interaction with the car, internal/external lights, and motor control. Instead of going to bed at a reasonable time, he likes to listen to, write, and perform music. 

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Pratyush Patra

Power Systems Lead

Pratyush is a second year Electrical and Computer Engineering student from Frisco, Texas. As Power Systems Lead, he works on PCB design and the manufacturing of our primary battery pack. Outside of LHR, he enjoys playing sports like soccer and basketball as well as playing the piano and guitar.

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