Solar Vehicle Team Leads
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Rishi Ponnekanti

Team Captain

Rishi Ponnekanti is a junior from Frisco, Texas studying Electrical & Computer Engineering with a focus in Software Engineering. His greatest weakness is his sense of direction, and he'll probably get lost on the way to his online classes this semester.

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Clark Poon

Chief Engineer

Clark is a senior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. As chief engineer, he is responsible for pretending to be important and hoping that the car works. His picture is from 2017 because why would you ever need to update your headshot? 

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Walter Stark

Mechanical Lead

Walter Stark is a sophomore from Plano, Texas studying Mechanical Engineering with an Elements of Computing Certificate. As Mechanical Lead, he oversees the Body and Dynamics systems of the car. Walter considers himself a world traveler despite never leaving the United States  

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Hannah Lee

Electrical Lead

Hannah Lee is a junior from Frisco, Texas, studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. As the Electrical Lead, she oversees the design and manufacturing of the electrical system of the vehicle. She once also went through over twenty highlighters in one summer. For what? You'll never know.

Mechanical Leads

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Esther Jin

Body

Esther Jin is a freshman from League City, Texas studying Mechanical Engineering with a certificate in Computational Engineering. As Body Lead, she oversees the creation of the solar vehicle's composite shells, frame, and enclosures. She's working on improving her regard for personal safety, and when she's not patching up the car with body filler, you might find her patching herself up with band-aids.

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Jacob Yan

Dynamics

Jacob Yan is a sophomore from Plano, Texas studying Mechanical Engineering despite the urging of both of his Electrical Engineering Parents. As Dynamics Lead, he oversees all the moving parts on the car which are divided into the steering, suspension, and unsprung mass subsystems. In his free time, Jacob likes to play badminton (not very well), and wake up his neighbors with his trumpet playing (also not very well).

Electrical Leads

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Siobhán Madden

Power System

Siobhán Madden is a junior from Sugar Land, TX, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. As the Power Systems Lead, she works on the design and manufacturing of the hardware and power electronics that go into the car. She’s not kitten when she tells you how much she loves cats!

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Sidharth Babu

Controls

Sidharth Babu is a Sophomore from Nashville, TN majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. As the Controls lead, Sidharth is responsible for making sure the driver is actually useful. When he's not working on Controls or stressing out over classes, you can probably find him concocting the most unholy caffeinated drinks known to man.

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Manthan Upadhyaya

Battery Protection System

Manthan Upadhyaya is a Junior from Dallas, TX majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. As BPS lead, the only thing he appreciates as much as a safe battery pack is free food (preferably donuts).

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Afnan Mir

Array/MPPT

Afnan Mir is a sophomore from Plano, Texas studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. As Solar Array Lead, he is in charge of all aspects of the car having to do with power generation at maximum efficiency. This includes software development, electrical design, and algorithm research. He is convinced that if he was 6 foot he would be on track to be in the NBA. Unfortunately he is 5 foot 7 on a good day. 

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Meet The Team