It's been a little while since the conclusion of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We've had some well-deserved rest, but also time to reflect on our project cycle and to determine what we can do better next time.
Looking back at this race and the history of our team, I think our strongest point has been our resiliency, our passion to keep pushing forward. Whether it's pushing the bounds of innovation or springing into action after a crash, our team doesn't like to quit. Although the crash was very unfortunate, I see it as a positive. It reinvigorated us as a team and is a strong motivator moving forward.
We've already started planning for our 2015 car. We know what we did well and what we could have improved on. With more of the team now coming back than we've had in the past, we also have a lot of experience under our belt. Although after this race, we’ll be heading our separate ways -- some of us to work, some of us to grad school, and some of us back to the team, everyone will still have a part to play. Our team isn’t just the 19 people on race crew, or the 75 students working during the school year, but also the countless number of alumni who worked on the team in the past. I don't see building a new car as starting over -- we're going to build on what we've learned and capitalize on what we've perfected!
The months from now until January will be dedicated to training our new team members on our software suite. The new mechanical engineers are learning how to design and CAD using
Siemens NX. Our electrical engineers are learning how to CAD our battery and array in NX, which will allow us to better design those systems when the regulations come out. We’re working with Siemens PLM to understand the full potential of our software, so by the time the regulations come out in the summer, we’ll be fully prepared to design the best solar car out there.
Personally, I’ve already started counting down the days until the 2015 World Solar Challenge. I'm ready to prove to the world why we're the most resilient team in the field!
Thank you for following along with me on our journey! Next year, we'll be racing our previous car, Quantum, in the American Solar Challenge. This will allow us to teach new members how to race a solar car, but will also give us time and room to continue to improve our 2015 designs.
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