Team Info

Club Officers 2018-2019

President/Team Manager: Eric Voigt // eev1@rice.edu

Eric is the team’s president and team manager As president, he is responsible for both the engineering and the operations sides of the team. He is currently a junior pursing a B.S. in mechanical engineering as well as a certificate in Engineering Leadership from the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership. He joined the club his freshman year when he worked for the mechanical team. Outside of the club, he loves to spend time at the lake and learn about music. While dedicated to electric vehicles in the club, his favorite car is a Volvo P1800.

 


Operations Manager: Louis Smidt // lss6@rice.edu

Louis is the Operations Manager for the team and is responsible for managing the details for competition. He works closely with the Treasurer, President and Communications Director on sponsorship information and team communication. He also works with the auxiliary circuitry and motor controller on the electrical team. Louis is currently a junior, pursing a B.S. in electrical engineering.

 

 

 


Chief Engineer: Marco Gutierrez // mag20@rice.edu

Marco is the Chief Engineer for the team, overseeing both the mechanical and electrical teams. He is tasked with running point on all mechanical and structural elements to get the car running, as well as creating an auxiliary circuit and motor controller to power the motors. He joined the team as a freshman, as a way to follow a passion in working with practical engineering problems. He is currently a junior and is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

 


Electrical Team Co-Lead: Manuel Pacheco //  jmp11@rice.edu

Manuel is the Electrical Team co-lead for the team, leading the overall hardware design of our motor controller and helping with auxiliary circuitry. Manuel joined the team his freshman year and worked with the electrical team. He is currently a junior pursuing a B.S. in electrical engineering and is the point man on designing the PCBs for the motor controller. Outside hobbies include riding his bike and eating bananas.

 

 

 


Electrical Team Co-Lead: Mauricio Guerrero // smg10@rice.edu

Mauricio is the other Electrical Team Co-Lead. His main focus is to build simple and reliable electrical systems. While Manuel, the other EE Lead, focuses a bit more on the hardware of the electric vehicle, Mauricio seeks to develop reusable software for future REV use. Mauricio joined the team his sophomore year and has been heavily involved in hardware and software design since then.

 

 


Mechanical Team Co-Lead: Brian Chen // bc24@rice.edu

Brian is the Mechanical Team Co-Lead for the car, running point on all mechanical and structural elements to get the car running. He is currently a sophomore and is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Brian is interested in working in the automotive industry in the future, and his hobbies include power lifting, rollerblading, and designing things.

 

 

 

 


Mechanical Team Co-Lead: Mayank Ahuja // ma74@rice.edu

Mayank is the other Mechanical Team Co-Lead. He is responsible for overseeing the mechanical and structural elements of the vehicle. Mayank is currently a junior and is pursing a B.S. in mechanical engineering as well as a certificate in Engineering Leadership from the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership.

 

 

 

 


Communications Director: Tia Gray // tag9@rice.edu

As the Communications Director, Tia is responsible for managing and updating our website, Facebook and mailing lists for the team. She is currently a sophomore and is pursing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering as well as a certificate in Engineering Leadership from the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership. Outside of her work as the communications director, Tia works on the auxiliary circuitry with the electrical team.

 

 


Treasurer: Sky Walker // law12@rice.edu

As Treasurer, Sky is responsible for making team purchases and coordinating sponsor donations. She is currently a sophomore, pursuing a B.S. in chemical and bio-molecular engineering. In addition to being treasurer, Sky works with the mechanical team.

 

 

 

 

 



Current Subteams

Mechanical team:

The mechanical team will mainly focus on power train, brakes, and steering. They are now currently re-working the front suspension of the car as well as putting finishing touches to the back transmission and suspension assemblies.

Electrical team:

The electrical team is mainly focusing on building a 48 V Brush DC motor circuit design. This design must also incorporate auxiliary circuits (turn signals, horn, windshield wiper, etc.). Afterwards, the team will focus on data processing of motor energy consumption rates and efficiency (project code name PowerSense).