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Our Mission 

  1. We, the Solar Car Team, uphold the values of many workforces by developing an environment that precisely emulates the execution of successful projects in the industry, therefore we develop a workforce of integrity and discipline.
  2. We reflect Michigan State University and the College of Engineering, thus we must hold our reputation with high honor and respect, so that the contributions of our team and the University are neither taken for granted nor lost in vain.
  3. We foster a collaborative, open-source environment among different solar car teams, as well as MSU student organizations.
  4. We highly accredit, provide benefits, and represent our sponsors to the highest degree.


Jesse Ouellette
Jesse Ouellette was a mechanical engineer who also graduated with a German Lanugage minor in May 2017. He was the President of MSU Solar and also the leader for the mechanical team. He was on the team since 2014 becoming the leader of the Mechanical Team in 2015 and assuming the Presidency in 2016. Jesse helped to create a strong foundation for team development as well as being responsible for the redesign of several major components.

Trevor Ploucha
 Trevor Ploucha is a mechanical engineer with a sales leadership minor who graduated in May 2017. He served as the Vice President of MSU Solar and was also the leader for the Business Team. Trevor was recruited to take over the Buisness Team in 2015 as his business approach was unparalleled. His business and sponsorship success was a cornerstone for the team’s success this during his time with the team and continues to be for the team.

Ali ElSeddik
Ali is an electrical engineering major who was on the team for three years. Before taking over as project manager in his third year, Ali worked with both the array team and the body team in fabricating Leonidas. Ali graduated in the fall of 2015.

Ian Grosh
 Ian joined the team in the Fall of 2012 and has worked with and lead the electical team on driver controls and communication. He assumed the role of electrical team captain in the spring of 2013. Ian is a computer engineering major.

Jinbo Chen
 Currently studying for his doctorate, Jinbo had been on the team for three years. Jinbo took a major part in the fabrication of the body for Leonidas as well as leading the mechanical team in the design of the steering, brakes and mechanical driver controls which have since been upgraded.

Jo Hao
 Jo assumed the responsibilites of buisness team manager in the fall of 2014 after working on acquiring sponsorships for the team before.

Ethan Akerly
Ethan joined in the fall of 2011 and worked in several different areas of the team. Ethan started as the Logistics Manager in the Summer of 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ethan helped to coordinate the logistics of the ASC 2012 and ASC 2014. Ethan has since graduated with a degree in civil engineering.

Steve Zajac
 Steve joined the solar car team in the fall of 2012 and almost immediately began working as the manager of the solar array division. Steve constructed and encapsulated the entire solar array for Brasidius III and Leonidas. Steve also provided guidance for many of the other electrical systems of the car. Steve is currently a graduate student and PhD candidate studying Electrical Engineering.

Scott O'Connor
 Scott joined the solar car team in the fall of 2011 and was the Electrical Team Manager from the spring of 2012 until the spring of 2014. Scott was integral in organizing a fully functioning electrical team as well as the development of the microelectronic systems for the solar car. Scott recently graduated as an electrical engineer from MSU is currently in pursuit of his PhD degree.

Yousef Gtat
 Yousef joined the team in the spring of 2014 and got immediately hooked to the team. He helped in the fabrication of Leonidas within different teams: the body, mechanical, and electrical and proved to be a vital team member.

Jessica Lu
 Jessica joined the team during her first year at MSU and worked with the mechanical team. She found herself ecstatic for solar racing after her participation in the 2014 FSGP in Austin.

Solar Cars

Brasidius I
 Completed in 2010, Brasidius I provided the basis for building Brasidius II and III the following years.

Brasidius II
 Completed in 2011, Brasidius II was the first ever participation for MSU in the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

Brasidius III
The third generation of Brasidius: completed in the summer of 2012. Brasidius III became the first ever participation for MSU in the American Solar Challenge.

Leonidas I
Leonidas is our newest car, completed in the summer of 2014. Pictured here at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX.