Meet the Team
Solar Vehicle Team Leads
Thiago De Sousa Burgani
The Captain is one of the most experienced members on the team and serves as a mentor and a leader. He attends a large majority of the University functions to promote the team as well as communicates directly with the University administration and UT SAE International to coordinate events and develop partnerships between organizations.
The Mechanical Team is responsible for the design, and validation of all of the vehicle’s mechanical systems. These systems include the vehicle’s chassis, forward and rear suspension, steering, braking, ergonomics and other mechanical components.
The primary highlight of BeVolt’s mechanical systems is the composite monocoque chassis. The monocoque design allows BeVolt to reduce the vehicle’s overall weight and aerodynamic drag through more efficient, compact designs. Other changes from the previous vehicle include a four-wheel wheelbase with a dual hub-motor powertrain, an asymmetrical driver position, and a revamped thermal packaging system for the battery enclosure.
The Electrical Team is responsible for designing, fabricating, and configuring the various electrical power systems and hardware throughout the car. Systems include the lithium-ion battery pack and protection system, solar array for battery recharging, motor and motor controller interfacing, and high and low voltage supplies.
To maintain and service these systems, the electrical team has also created testing equipment and procedures to keep the car running smoothly.
The Operations Team is responsible for maintaining relationships with Corporate Partners, keeping account of the team's expenditures, promoting the team's accomplishments and contributions to the public, and for handling race logistics.
Accounting and Corporate Relations Personnel manage the day to day contact with partners, to ensure all materials needed for the build are acquired, and Administrative Personnel handles the interaction between the team and the public, as well as handles any University functions or engagements.