Meet the team

We are a diverse team of undergraduate students, postgraduate researchers and faculty members from five of Australia’s most innovative and enterprising universities: QUT, University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, University of South Australia and Curtin University.

We are developing a stylish, efficient and practical solar-electric vehicle to compete in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge’s Cruiser Class. Our competitive advantage comes from an intelligent mix of youthful enthusiasm, academic rigour and professional experience.

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2019 BWSC Racing Team coming soon...

 
 
 
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Control Electronics

Chris Ford

Low Voltage Team
Mechanical Engineering Lecturer

Chris Ford

First car was a 1955 Austin A30
Most inspired by
people I’ve worked with in community service.
Most likely to crack a dad joke.
We have the power to be better by educating people on emissions free transport possibilities.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because electric vehicles are awesome - ones that generate their own power are more awesome.

Alex Hughes

Low Voltage Team
Engineering Computer Systems Computer Science Student

Alex Hughes

First car was a Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe ‘02.
Most inspired by those with a genuine passion for their work.
Most likely to have a third coffee by 10am.
We have the power to be better by constantly exploring and expanding the limits of our technology.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because I get to drool over some of the best electric vehicles the world has to offer!

Iain Murray

Low Voltage Team
Electric & Electronic Engineering Lecturer

Iain Murray

First car was a 1964 Toyota Stout ute.
Most inspired by people with disabilities succeeding in whatever they chose to do.
Most likely to get yet another dog.
We have the power to be better by designing for accessibility for all – including people with disabilities.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because it’s a step towards self-driving, autonomous electric vehicles.

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Power & Electronics

Abdulaziz Alahmadi

Solar Electric Drivetrain Engineering
Software and Systems Engineering Student

Abdulaziz Alahmadi

First car was a 2003 Ford Taurus.
Most inspired by people who thrive in challenging situations.
Most likely to build a cyber security company.
We have the power to be better by helping each other overcoming barriers.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 to see our hard work come to fruition.

Andrew Carr

Embedded Systems Engineer
IT & Electrical Engineering Student

Andrew Carr

First car was a 2002 Honda Integra.
Most inspired by the world-changing benefits of emerging technologies.
Most likely to be doing an all-nighter, striving for perfection.
We have the power to be better by making transport smarter and cleaner.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because it’s an amazing opportunity to compare our design against the other teams.

Blake Bonney

Solar Electric Drivetrain Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering Student

Blake Bonney

First car was a Jeep Wrangler.
Most inspired by people who question the unknown or known and don't settle until they have answers.
Most likely to be in the lab until 3am.
We have the power to be better by thinking hard and working smart.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 to see how far solar car technology can be pushed.

Sophie Burgess

Solar Electric Drivetrain Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Information Systems Student

Sophie Burgess

Most inspired by tech innovations.
Most likely to have 7 dogs.
We have the power to be better by being more aware and reducing our negative impact on the environment.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because this is my first opportunity to take part in a project from start to finish and be able to watch our car in the race!

Ivan Cheng

Solar Electric Drivetrain Engineering
Electrical Engineering Student

Ivan Cheng

First car was a CR-V.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because it is a meaningful learning opportunity.

Geoff Walker

Solar Electric Drivetrain Engineering
Electrical Engineering Teaching and Research Academic

Geoff Walker

First car was the family Volvo 144 GL sedan. Bought new in 1974, my dad still owns it. It’s now done over 400,000 km.
Most inspired by bright, young, motivated students. It’s amazing what you can achieve with the time, enthusiasm.
Most likely to put forward a crazy idea. Sometimes they work.
We have the power to be better by our collective strength.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because I never went on WSC99.

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Exterior Design & Build

Matthew Donough

Chassis CAE Engineer
Research Fellow, Composites

Matthew Donough

First motorbike was a 2000 Aprilia RS250.
Most inspired by nature and how innovative design can be achieved by mimicking it.
Most likely to be in the composite lab, turning design into reality.
We have the power to be better by developing a sleek, carbon neutral road vehicles.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because we're going to complete it!

Sarawit 'Richie' Hongladaromp

Exterior Design & Build Team RMIT
Industrial Design (Honours) Graduate

Sarawit 'Richie' Hongladaromp

First car was a 2007 Peugeot 206 CC.
Most inspired by designers in the automotive industry, especially Harley Earl.
Most likely to sit behind a laptop exploring VR applications & travel the outback.
We have the power to be better by making solar cars to be more than just engineering projects.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because we can push solar cars to mainstream.

Matt Millar

Driver & Exterior Design & Build Team
Masters of Design Student

Matt Millar

First car was a 1988 Ford Fairmont Ghia.
Most inspired by People making their vision a reality such as Christian Von Koenigsegg and Elon Musk.
Most likely to be getting on the tools, keeping active and having a good feed.
We have the power to be better by showing people that energy efficient vehicles can be desirable.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 to see how we compare to the world's best unis & show the world what we can do.

Andris 'Andy' Samsons

Team Vehicle Systems Engineer
Senior Engineer Ford Australia & PhD student

Andris 'Andy' Samsons

First car was a 1986 Honda CRX Si.
Most inspired by my younger teammates' enthusiasm for the project.
Most likely to ask difficult questions and challenge the status quo.
We have the power to be better by making solar cars look good and go fast.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because we have the opportunity to showcase Australian design and engineering talent.

Simon Watkins

Aerodynamics Team
Professor Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Simon Watkins

First car was a Ford Transit Van (but the motorbikes were much more fun!)
Most inspired by Scientists who strive for the truth.
Most likely to be found on a bicycle, in a bush campsite or a French restaurant.
We have the power to be better by design backed up by science.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because we will have a viable solar-powered car that will inspire youth.

 
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Strategy, Solar Array & Interior Design

Zac Allen

Interior Design and Development Team
Bachelor of Product Design

Zac Allen

First car was a 1979 Toyota Celica RA40 LT.
Most inspired by classic/retro style automotive and product design/culture.
Most likely to pursue a career in automotive design.
We have the power to be better by being open to new ideas.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because I'm curious to see if all the work we have done pays off and learn from any mistakes we make to improve on our design.

Erika Belchamber

Team Strategist
PhD Student Mathematics

Erika Belchamber

First car was a Toyota Yaris.
Most inspired by nature.
Most likely to spend too long thinking up a response.
We have the power to be better by listening and learning.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because I'm excited to see everyone's hard work come together.

Liam Scott Buggy

Group Lead Interior Design & Development
Graduate Diploma of Industrial Design

Liam Scott Buggy

First car was a Toyota Rav 4 1996.
Most inspired by sustainable practices in design.
Most likely to be travelling around the world for work.
We have the power to be better by getting involved to inspire change.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because it's a world class event to help inspire sustainable design.

Mark Eguia

Interior Design & Development Team
Graduate Diploma of Industrial Design

Mark Eguia

First car was a Honda Civic 2000.
Most inspired by organic forms, functional and minimalist design.
Most likely to start a business in automotive or furniture industry.
We have the power to be better by exposing ourselves more in industry and learning from the experts.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because I want to see how the car will progress specially during finalisation in design and testing.

Vi Le

Interior Design & Development Team
Bachelor of Product Design

Vi Le

Most inspired by modern architecture and beautiful products.
Most likely to sketch cars.
We have the power to be better by designing sustainable products.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because this is my opportunity to apply my design thinking to such an amazing innovation.

Professor Peter Majewski

Team Project Manager
Future Industries Institute

Professor Peter Majewski

First car was a 1979 VW Beetle.
Most inspired by honest and genuine people.
Most likely to build a dry stone wall.
We have the power to be better by inspiring people to look beyond their imagination.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because solar powered transportation is the future.

Lana Savic

Interior Design & Development Team
Bachelor of Product Design

Lana Savic

First car was a Toyota Corolla Wagon 1996.
Most inspired by Nicola Tesla.
Most likely to spontaneously buy a car or motorbike.
We have the power to be better by communicating & sharing knowledge.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because of the futuristic cars & to see other team designs and technical advances.

 
 
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Interior Design & Mechanicals

Aleksandar Babic

Interior Design Engineer
Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering and Finance Student

Aleksandar Babic

First car was a Renault Clio Sport 172.
Most inspired by motorsports.
Most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse.
We have the power to be better by continuously striving for self-improvement and learning new things.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 to see the team’s hard work in action & see all the different competition designs.

Mads H. Haugestad

Steering Design Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Student

Mads H. Haugestad

First car was a 1997 Opel Vectra.
Most inspired by the Automotive industry.
We have the power to be better by developing skills in ourselves and as a team.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because it is a great opportunity to learn important skill and meet the people that can improve my career.

Kshitij Kharub

Suspension Design Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Student

Kshitij Kharub

First car was a Hyundai i20 Elite.
Inspired by the cosmos and exploring the unknown.
Most likely to be on the first flight to Mars on the SpaceX BFR.
We have the power to be better by believing that failure is an option. Elon Musk said, “If things are not failing, you're not innovating”.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because I would like to see all team's hard work in action and finally be part of a race.

Anna Lidfors Lindqvist

Team Manager & Mechanical Systems Engineer
PhD Student Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Anna Lidfors Lindqvist

Most inspired by people who exceed their limitations and overcome challenges.
Most likely to be seen holding a cup of coffee or talking about getting a coffee.
We have the power to be better by sharing our knowledge to inspire young talents with in the STEM field.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 to see how the project has developed from beginning to end.

Abhishek Malik

Interior Systems Design & Structural Integration
Mechanical Engineering & Applied Physics Student

Abhishek Malik

First motorbike was a 2011 Honda CBR250R.
Most inspired by Carl Sagan.
Most likely to climb Mount Everest.
We have the power to be better by showing more empathy towards each other.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because I've always wanted to work on automotive design and the competition is an incredible learning experience.

Krishna Niraula

Brake Systems Design Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Student

Krishna Niraula

First car was a Maruti Suzuki 800.
Most inspired by the advances in AI and biotech.
Most likely to be working in Silicon Valley.
We have the power to be better with iterations.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 to see our hard work in design and engineering to come alive on the road.

Michael Tran

Suspension Design & Mechanical Systems Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Student

Michael Tran

First car was a Honda Accord Euro (i-Vtec).
Most inspired by the F/A-18F.
Most likely to be found at music festival at 70.
We have the power to be better by constantly envisioning our end goal and working.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 to see all our hard work come together and win the race.

Paul David Walker

Academic Lead
Senior Lecturer

Paul David Walker

First car was a 1987 SAAB 900i.
Most inspired by my kids.
Most likely to be the next Head of School for Mechanical Engineering at UTS.
We have the power to be better by leading our team to success.
Most looking forward to #BWSC19 because this is the first time we are participating.

 
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