The Team

The Adelaide University Solar Racing Team (the AUSRT for short) is a collection of 36 engineering students from the University of Adelaide, assisted by a group of academics and workshop technicians. The AUSRT originally formed in 2014 and first competed in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

The AUSRT is split into 5 sub-teams, each with their own responsibilities and goals. The sub-teams will work together to complete the overall aim of designing a solar car with maximum power and efficiency. These teams are:


Jake Bott

2017 AUSRT Manager

2016 General QA

Team: 2017 Power Systems Team Lead

2016 Control Systems

Email: jbott@ausrt.com

Jake's main focus on the project is electronic design and programming of the car's electronic systems. Jake is, along with Spencer, taking over from Jonathan as a team manager in 2017. He also assists with the design and analysis of the carbon fibre bodywork. Jake joined the solar racing team as working on the car involves an exciting fusion of cutting edge technology that is found in few other places. He is particularly interested in the fields of robotics, machine learning, making terrible jokes and artificial intelligence. Outside of study Jake enjoys working with robots, constructing models from Lego, programming and creative writing.

Spencer Olds

2017 AUSRT Manager

Team: 2017 Aerodynamics Team Lead

Email: solds@ausrt.com

Spencer first became interested in engineering in high school, where he competed in the F1 in Schools competition designing miniature racing cars, eventually becoming part of a world champion team. This competition sparked an interest in mechanical engineering and aerodynamics which lead him to study a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Spencer joined the AUSRT to participate in a professional, competitive project and expand his knowledge of CFD and project management. This year, he is focusing is on exploring the aerodynamic development of future solar cars while managing the new team and preparing for the 2017 race.

Jonathan Bray

2017 PR and Sponsorship Manager

Team: 2017 Advanced Composites

Email: jbray@ausrt.com

Jonathan was always playing with Lego, Magnetix and other children's constructions toys when he was young. He was adept at mathematics and science during his school years which naturally lead him into pursuing a degree in Mechatronic Engineering. Jonathan's dream is to help humanitarian causes and quality of life technological development. Joining the AUSRT has helped him achieve this by aiding development into sustainable systems for the future. He is in the composites team researching improvements into structural strength and decreasing weight as well as taking care of the Sponsorship and PR side of the team.

Manan Rafiq

2017 Finance Manager

Team: 2017 Advanced Composites Team Lead

Email: mrafiq@ausrt.com

Manan’s passion for engineering stems from countless hours of staring at everyday household objects and prying them open to figure out what makes them tick. After countless broken VCRs, his interest in design and manufacturing peaked leading him to take up mechanical engineering. Joining the AUSRT allowed him to feed his interest while helping to develop the technology for sustainable vehicles of the future. This year he will be aiming to improve the structural aspects of the 2017 car as well as researching the viability of using carbon fibre wheels.

Shyan Arujanan

2017 Secretary

Team: 2017 Aerodynamics

Email: sarujanan@ausrt.com

The notion of space exploration has always intrigued Shyan. The vast space and its proportionately unanswered questions led him on a journey of discovery for answers through the education of maths and science. Currently, Shyan has taken the next step of his journey by pursuing a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace at the University of Adelaide. He aims to specialise in aerodynamics and this has led him to join the AUSRT aerodynamics team where he will mainly be focussing on drag reduction and ventilation of Lumen II.

Drew Greenstreet

2017 Safety Officer

Team: 2017 Mechanical Systems

Email: dgreenstreet@ausrt.com

Coming from a family of engineers, Drew has always had an interest in mechanical systems, structures and materials. This led him to study a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and to join the AUSRT to participate in both a challenging and rewarding project. This year Drew will be working primarily on the mechanical systems of the car while also helping to manage team safety and to prepare for the 2017 race in October.

Peter Bray

2017 Battery Safety Officer

Team: 2017 Power Systems

Email: pbray@ausrt.com

Peter has always been interested in new technologies from a young age. It was this interest that led to Peter studying a Bachelor of Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering. From this study he has developed an interest towards integrating the use of renewable energy into society. Peter looks forward to developing and applying new skills on the solar car team where he will be working on the power systems.

Andrew Hou

2017 Driver

Team: 2017 Aerodynamics

Email: ahou@ausrt.com

Andrew has always had an interest in learning the mechanisms behind all moving things. He started to learn building and programming robots from age of 10, and had chances to compete in different types of contests such as LEGO FLL, sporting robots and VEX. Andrew wanted to join the AUSRT since 2015 when he saw Lumen I for the first time as he has a huge passion for the new energy sources. Andrew will be working on the aerodynamics team in 2017 to improve the ventilation inside the car, while also helping out PR with film editing.

Alex Griesser

Team: 2017 Advanced Composites

Email: agriesser@ausrt.com

Alex was inspired to pursue mechanical engineering by the antics of an older brother, which ranged from building go-karts to small boiler systems and bike trailers. Through his studies he found a talent for mathematics, writing and computer aided technologies, including coding, modelling and simulation. During his studies Alex spent most summer holidays as a research intern, beginning with thin film and material technologies and progressing to high level CAD. Alex will be working to bring these skills and his experience with 3D printing technologies (using CAD models) to benefit the AUSRT.

Ryan Fung

Team: 2017 Advanced Composites

Email: rfung@ausrt.com

Ryan is always a technology enthusiast. He has always been tearing things apart ranging from small gadgets to household appliances and putting them back together. Through countless of hours of explorations and researches, he found himself interested in manufacturing and material science which lead him to study a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. With the knowledge of manufacturing and materials, Ryan will be working with the 2017 advanced composites team aiming to optimise the designs to further reduce the weight of the Lumen II.

James Anderson

Team: 2017 Control Systems Team Lead

Email: janderson@ausrt.com

James has had a strong interest electronics, automation and understanding mechanisms, leading him to study mathematics and science throughout his education. These interests have led him to undertake a degree in mechatronics, furthering his understanding and fascination with electronics. He joined the project because he believes renewable energy is an important step for the future, while allowing him to develop on his team managing and electronic skills. As part of AUSRT, he will lead the control systems team, programming the onboard computer's software. In his spare time, James keeps his mind active through martial arts, gaming and music.

Ahmad Kamaruzaman

Team: 2017 Control Systems

Email: akamaruzaman@ausrt.com

Ahmad has always had a strong interest in mathematics and discovering how things operate ever since he was young. This developed into a great interest in science and engineering and after trying out programming he decided to pursue a degree in mechatronic engineering. He joined AUSRT due to the challenge of creating a solar powered racing car as well as developing his design skills while working in a large team. He will be working as a part of the control systems team this year.

Ben Yong

Team: 2017 Control Systems

Email: byong@ausrt.com

Benjamin has had a strong interest in mathematics from a very young age. He decided to study Mechatronic Engineering with a keen interest in robotics. Benjamin joined AUSRT for a challenging final year project. He will be working alongside the control systems team focusing on the electrical systems of the car in preparation for the 2017 race. Also, he envisions that a more sustainable future is a happier place to be. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, card games and inventing mini robots.

Zulfadhli Hasnan

Team: 2017 Control Systems

Email: mhasnan@ausrt.com

Zulfadhli has a strong interest in anything related to computer, electronics and automotive systems. He has become a self-learned person due to his strong curiousity in understanding how things work. He decided to pursue mechatronic engineering to get a broad education and learn the necessary knowledge to assemble things into a complete system. Due to his interest in the areas previously mentioned, he decided to join the AUSRT to develop his designing skills while learning to work in a large team to let him familiarise & prepare him to work in the real world.

Isaac Hutchins

2017 Mechanical QA

Team: 2017 Mechanical Systems Team Lead

Email: ihutchins@ausrt.com

From a young age, Isaac has had an interest in learning and discovering how things operate. This developed into a passion for science, engineering and continuous learning, with these passions leading him to study Mechatronics engineering combined with Arts at university. He joined the solar car team as he saw it as an opportunity to be involved in a challenging and innovative project that incorporated these passions. This year Isaac will be involved in the mechanical team, which he is looking forward to as it will allow him to actively assist in the manufacture of the car’s mechanical systems.

Aiman Zahedi

Team: 2017 Mechanical Systems

Email: azahedi@ausrt.com

Aiman has always had a keen interest in the way the systems around him work. This, coupled with a proficiency in mathematics and later physics, encouraged him to pursue a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Finance double degree at the University of Adelaide. His desire to participate in the AUSRT comes from the idea of creating a vehicle that is both sustainable and powerful, leading the way for solar vehicles in the future. He will primarily be working on the mechanical systems, in addition to the manufacturing and assembly of other parts, for the 2017 car.

Patrick Chen

Team: 2017 Mechanical Systems

Email: pchen@ausrt.com

Patrick has a strong interest in physics and mathematics during the high school, this led him to study a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. After visiting a motor vehicle company, he developed a huge passion for motor vehicle design and decided to select the AUSRT as his final year project. This year Patrick will be working on the mechanical systems, using his knowledge to improve the steering and suspension system of the solar car.

Matthew Boccaccio

Team: 2017 Power Systems

Email: mboccaccio@ausrt.com

Matt has been interested in maths from a very young age, later joined by physics when he reached high school which drove him to study a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. His interest in sustainability however made him want to join the solar team from early on in his degree. Despite his discipline being mechanical engineering, his love for sustainability has him working on the high voltage components in the 2017 team. In particular he will be working in conjunction with Tindo Solar on creating the AUSRT's first custom solar array encapsulation.

Zachary Schultz

Team: 2017 Power Systems

Email: zschultz@ausrt.com

From a young age Zachary developed a keen understanding of mathematics. This drove him to study physics to help improve his knowledge of the world. Wanting to use this knowledge but not knowing what kind of field to go into Zachary decided to study Mechatronics at the University of Adelaide to try and keep as many options as possible available to him. He has joined the AUSRT and will be working on the solar car for his final year project, using his knowledge and skills to obtain the best outcome for the car.

Jonathan Hicks

2016 AUSRT Manager

Team: 2016 Mechanical Systems Team Lead

Email: jhicks@ausrt.com

Jonathan joined the AUSRT so that he could work on a challenging and competitive project. Jonathan is one of the overall team managers as well as the 2016 project team leader for the mechanical systems, so he manages to keep himself busy. He has experience with many of the areas similar to what is found in the solar car from previous competitions and jobs he's had in the past. In his spare time, he enjoys doing data analysis and various hobby CAD projects, playing chess, and occasionally debating.

Bailey Nassau

2016 PR Manager

2016/17 Driver

Team: 2016 Aerodynamics

Email: bnassau@ausrt.com

Bailey has had an interest in engineering and mathematics since childhood. Years of family travel sparked an interest in commercial flight, leading her to pursue an aerospace career. Her main fields of interest are commerical and military aircraft aerodynamics, aircraft structures and space flight. Bailey has been working towards creating a new, low drag design for the body of the solar car, while also managing the marketing and public relations for the team.

Joan Joseph Xavier

2016 Sponsorship Manager

Team: 2016 Aerodynamics

Email: jjoseph@ausrt.com

Joan’s fascination towards aircraft, her passion for mathematics and science along with her interest in knowing the mechanics of things beyond what meets the eye led her to pursue a career in Aerospace and Mathematics Engineering. Her interest in renewable energy steered her to join the Adelaide University Solar Racing Team’s new solar car. Joan has been designing a solar car with low drag, high performance and an innovative design for the 2017 race. She was also the Sponsorship Manager for the AUSRT throughout 2016. Her main fields of interest are military aircraft aerodynamics and structure, space vehicles, acoustics and mathematics.

Giulio Scuteri

2016 Finance Officer

Team: 2016 Control Systems

Email: gscuteri@ausrt.com

Giulio has always had an interest in electronics, motorsport and discovering how things work, which combined with his interest in science and mathematics to lead him to pursue a degree in Mechatronic Engineering. He joined the AUSRT as he believes renewable energy is important field for the future and is looking forward to working on a challenging project. Giulio was the Finance Manager for the team in 2016, and has been involved in developing the human machine interface system and embedded software.

Matt Salkeld

2016 Safety Officer

Team: 2016 Control Systems

Email: msalkeld@ausrt.com

Matthew has a strong interest in system engineering, embedded systems and automatic control, particularly when paired with innovative and modular systems. Prior to AUSRT, Matthew has worked with autonomous quadcopter development, automotive embedded systems and automotive mechanical development. In his spare time, Matthew is interested in motorcycles, gaming, home renovation and a thousand other pursuits.

Jack Mesecke

2016/17 Driver

Team: 2016 Aerodynamics Team Lead

Email: jmesecke@ausrt.com

Jack is a keen motorcyclist who enjoys working on anything with a motor. Within the AUSRT Jack is the team leader of the aerodynamics team, building on skills learned in his mechanical and aerospace studies. His main focus for the year has been developing a new, high performance, low drag design for the 2017 car. Jack's main fields of interest are automotive engineering, motorsport and fluid mechanics, particularly aerodynamics.

Joshua Tonkin

Team: 2016 Control Systems Team Lead

Email: jtonkin@ausrt.com

Joshua has a keen interest in microcontroller and mechatronic systems. Within the AUSRT Joshua oversees the low voltage team with a personal focus on developing the onboard computer and associated 12V power supply system. Joshua is involved with many humanitarian and volunteering organisations and is passionate about developing engineering solutions for challenged areas. With a family background in start-to-finish commercial construction Joshua has a solid manufacturing experience base and a highly functional approach to design. In his free time he works on projects from a wide range of hobbies including building computers, 3D printing and snorkelling.

Jarryd Moore

Team: 2016 Power Systems Team Lead

Email: jmoore@ausrt.com

Jarryd has had a long interest in electronics and automation and was also interested in math based subjects in school. These combined drove Jarryd to enroll in a degree in Mechatronic Engineering. One of the influences for Jarryd to become interested in engineering is his interest in renewable energy and hence his wish to work on the AUSRT. In 2016 Jarryd was involved in the AUSRT as the leader of the Power Systems team specifically working on the encapsulation and optimisation of the vehicle's solar array

Sherry Tang

Team: 2016 Chassis Design

Email: stang@ausrt.com

Planes have interested Sherry from a young age. This along with the tendancy to break and hence try to fix things is one of the reasons why she chose to do mechanical engineering with a focus on the aerospace industry. Having worked with the AUSRT in 2015, she has gained knowledge about several areas of the car including how the body was built with composites and how systems were integrated together. This season, she has been working on designing the car chassis and evaluating the composite materials used in the car.

Eugene Cullity

Team: 2016 Chassis Design

Email: ecullity@ausrt.com

Eugene’s role in the team involves the design and analysis of the carbon fibre cockpit, drawing on experience from his involvement with the Adelaide University Motorsport Team, who compete in the Formula SAE-A competition, and working as an intern at SA Power Networks. Eugene’s main fields of interest are automotive engineering, renewable power generation, fluid dynamics and acoustics.

Ben Malin

Team: 2016 Aerodynamics

Email: bmalin@ausrt.com

Ben's interest in aerodynamics and composite materials began during his involvement in competitive archery. This led to a desire to pursue a career in aerospace or defence engineering. His motivation for joining the solar racing team was to gain practical experience in engineering design and computational fluid dynamics modelling and simulation. He has been primarily involved with the design and simulation of the aerodynamics for the 2017 solar car.

Jarred Earl

Team: 2016 Aerodynamics

Email: jearl@ausrt.com

Jarred developed a passion and love for building, designing and modifying different structures through the use of K’Nex from a very young age. This, coupled with a love in mathematics and science throughout school led him to pursue a career in engineering. Finding aeroplanes such a fascinating engineering innovation, a discipline in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering was chosen. Jarred is part of the aerodynamics team that designed the exterior shape of Lumen II.

Tyler Lawrence

Team: 2016 Mechanical Systems

Email: tlawrence@ausrt.com

Tyler has had a long interest in vehicles, leading to his interest in engineering. Understanding physical systems better, he has undertaken a Mechanical Engineering degree which he hopes to be able to use to work in the renewable energy or sustainable technologies field; all in all, to effect a large positive significance on the world. Last year he was the steering and brakes lead within the mechanical systems team. Prior to this project, he has gained experience in power generation, hydraulic services and aircraft and defence engineering.

Brad Dalwood

2016/17 Mechanical QA

2016/17 Driver

Team: 2016 Mechanical Systems

Email: bdalwood@ausrt.com

Brad has grown up in a car orientated family, racing from the age of 10 and working on custom cars since the age of 15. He's always been interested in learning how things work. As a result, mechanical engineering was the natural choice to further his knowledge. Working for the family business in the manufacturing sector has also given him hands on skills in metal fabrication, composites and basic electrical work. Brad is the lead designer of the suspension system on the existing solar vehicle.

Duncan Ferguson

Team: 2016 Power Systems

Email: dferguson@ausrt.com

Duncan has been interested in science and mathematics from a very young age. This led him to pursue a degree in engineering. He is also aware of the key part that renewable energies will play in the world's future, thus his attraction towards a project like the solar car. Duncan has been working on optimising the efficiency of the solar array, as well as designing a new battery pack for the car.

Benjamin Gloster

Team: 2016 Power Systems

Email: bgloster@ausrt.com

Benjamin has grown up helping out at his family's mechanics garage, working on cars and pulling things apart; this combined with an interest on how things work led to him studying Mechanical Engineering. His interest in the solar car project started with a dream to build his own electric car because he's an admirer of Tesla Motor's pioneering work in electric vehicles. Benjamin has been working on designing a new battery pack for the car, improving the motor inductors and optimising the efficiency of the solar array.

Jack Ward

2016 Secretary

Team: 2016 Power Systems

Email: jward@ausrt.com

Jack has always been a tinkerer, breaker and fixer of all things interesting, leading to his studies in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He now has strong interests in space vehicle design, vehicle mechatronics and software development, stemming from hobbies in robotics and digital electronics. He has been focusing on solar array design, layout and encapsulation, along with other high and low voltage electrical systems, hoping to broaden his knowledge in all areas of high voltage mechatronic systems while developing unique and effective solutions for the systems on the car.

Antoni Blazewicz

Team: Supervision

Email: antoni.blazewicz@mecheng.adelaide.edu.au

Antoni is a lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide and has worked with the AUSRT since its initiation. He completed his PhD studies in 2008 at the University of Adelaide, in the field of acoustic radiation in flow over bluff bodies. His general research interests include experimental fluid mechanics and air conditioning.

Norio Itsumi

Electronics Specialist

Team: Technical Staff

Email: nitsumi@ausrt.com

Norio is a part of the technical staff in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, and supporting the AUSRT from 2015. He moved to Australia in 2006 as a skilled migrant and started working for the School of Mechanical Engineering to support academic staff and students in Electronics. He has expertise in embedded hardware and software design and contributes to the team in both high voltage and low voltage electronics. Previously he enjoyed watching the World Solar Challenge to see many teams from his country of origin, however now he joins in the event as a part of AUSRT.

Steven Grainger

Team: Supervision

Email: steven.grainger@adelaide.edu.au

Dr Steven Grainger is the Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Mechanical Engineering and Program Co-ordinator of the Mechatronic Engineering programs. Dr Grainger's research interests include nanopositioning and autonomous robotics, and he has a particular interest in autonomous underwater vehicles. He has published many peer-reviewed articles on his research, both technical and scientific, and on engineering education. Dr Grainger practised in industry as a consulting engineer before moving to academia. He joined the School of Mechanical Engineering in 2007 after 10 years as a Lecturer in Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. He has been a visiting lecturer at institutions in Oman, Russia, Germany and Australia.

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