"The NJIT Solar Car Team is an entirely student-run organization whose goal is to complete the research, design, and construction of NJIT’s first ever full-size, solar-powered electric vehicle. Formed in the spring of 2017, the team offers an interdisciplinary, project-based learning community which seeks to provide students with real-world experience in systems engineering.
Open to all undergraduate and graduate majors in all departments, the Solar Car Team emphasizes sustainable energy, taking initiative, future career preparation, and the development of technical and soft skills in engineering, design, and business.The team offers work in Research and Development (R&D), allowing students to further explore different technical aspects of the solar-powered electric vehicle. Seniors may also use this research for Senior Capstone Design.
The NJIT Solar Car Team will compete with other collegiate teams and their electric vehicles in the summer of 2018 in the 2,000-mile American Solar Challenge.The NJIT Solar Car Team is open to students across all disciplines at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, from all departments including:
Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (Dual Degree), 2018
Ivan, together with Jefferson, initiated the solar car project and founded the NJIT Solar Car Team in March, 2017. Ivan has four years experience in project estimating and management in the general construction of various governmental and commercial projects. Ivan is also involved in device characterization research in the ECE department, where he has published multiple papers, and he does research in the mathematics department, where he is developing faster numerical methods for solving non-linear PDEs for the use in engineering.
Electrical Engineering, 2018
President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) student branch at NJIT. Jefferson transferred from Bergen Community College in Fall 2015 after obtaining his Engineering Science Associate. In April 2017, after communications with the ECE Department, Jefferson, along with other IEEE members, started the Solar Car Project. Besides his school involvement, Jefferson is also an intern at Schindler Elevator Corporation.
Electrical Engineering, 2020
Emmanuel transferred to NJIT in the Fall of 2016 as a sophomore and was looking for a project team to work a dedicated schedule for and “form the greatest team ever”. After several stints, he found out about the solar car project that was being started in April 2017 during a meeting in the IEEE Student branch, joined, saw the opportunity to make it happen, and hasn’t looked back since. Emmanuel works through the direction of Ivan and Jefferson to help manage the project, and keep everything on schedule.
Project Manager & Treasurer
Electrical Engineering, 2019
Amira is Vice-President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student branch at NJIT. She is an avid volunteer for the ECE department, as well as an ECE peer mentor for the Learning Communities Department at NJIT. Amira also does research with Dr. Edip Niver and Professor Oksana Manzhura of the ECE department in the RF/Microwave Laboratory.
Electrical Engineering, 2018
Tamanna Kamra is a senior Electrical Engineer. She is a project manager of the solar car team. Tamanna is also an ECE peer mentor and Resident Assistant on campus. She hopes to be a Project Manager for an engineering compamy one day and is gaining experience from this project. Tamanna describes herself as a serious environmentalist and was eager to join Solar Car Team's mission for clean energy.