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We, at CUER, are students striving to create the best solar-powered racing vehicles in the world using cutting edge technology and working with world-leading experts. Since our founding in 2007, we have been the UK’s number one for solar vehicle development and we now work with industrial partners around the world. We are a not-for-profit organisation that is mainly funded through corporate sponsorship to educate not only Cambridge students but also the general public and also develop new technologies for sustainable transport. 

Every two years, we compete in the World Solar Challenge, the world’s foremost solar endurance race, held in Australia. Our racing cars showcase cutting-edge sustainable engineering and demonstrate the incredible potential of electric vehicle technologies. By designing a car to run on solar power alone, we are driving the step changes in vehicle efficiency and new technologies for a low-carbon future.

Our team mission is to inspire as well as innovate. This leads us to undertake many outreach programs, both nationally and internationally. We have recently attended the London e-Prix, the Gadget Show Live and the IDTechEx Show in Berlin and run an outreach programme with local schools and education organisations in Cambridge.

Summer Design Team 2016

Sam Charlwood: Array Design

I am a 1 st year Engineer from Downing College, and I am excited to be working on the solar array, more specifically on a mechanism that will allow the driver to quickly deploy the solar cells into a position to optimise their output during the control stops. Changes in regulations only allowing the driver to set up the array mean that the mechanism needs to be designed in order to make the task as quick and simply as possible. With the many control stops over the duration of the race these small benefits will add up. 

Mrinank Sharma: Driver Interface

I’m a first year undergraduate studying Engineering at Pembroke College and I’m really looking forward to working on the Electronic Driver Interface Project. The focus of this project is based on creating a simple and intuitive system to allow the driver to control the systems of the car with ease, such as the regenerative braking system. A display system is also an integral part of this project, and this display will provide the driver with important information, such as factors regarding the efficiency of the car as well as error messages. 

Alex Bogomil: Telemetry and Strategy

I am working on the Telemetry and Strategy Project within the CUER Summer Design Team. The telemetry system is used for monitoring the current condition of the vehicle and its response to the ever­changing surroundings. The information collected is paramount for making the right decisions on what needs to be done to enhance the performance of the vehicle, ultimately affecting the choice of the race strategy. The overall aim of my project is to develop a new telemetry system to be integrated into the next generation of the vehicle, and to ensure its robustness, versatility and maintainability, while still keeping it user-­friendly. 

Zi Koon Pong: Electronic Hardware

The electronics hardware project primarily involves the design and testing of the battery management and electric drive systems of the car - trying to make it as efficient and robust as possible. These are two areas that are evidently key to the success of the car and both systems must be able to withstand the harsh, unforgiving climate of the Australian Outback. The existing hardware on our 2015 race car will be analysed and optimised so that we can achieve an even stronger finish in the 2017 race cycle. I look forward to working as part of an interdisciplinary team to make our next generation solar car even better than its predecessors. 

Xiaofan Zhang: Array Control

I’m a first year Engineer and I’ve really enjoyed being part of the Solar Development and BMS teams this year. I joined the team as I’m a big supporter of clean technology and it’s a fantastic opportunity for working on cutting-edge Electric Vehicles Technology. However, I’ve also loved working on the non-technical aspects of our preparations for the World Solar Challenge too, such as Business and Outreach. I am really looking forward to developing and manufacturing our new vehicle this summer and next year. I believe that we have an innovative concept which could really give us the competitive edge in the 2017 race. 

Shreeja Basak: Manufacture Management

In the manufacturing management project, I will be looking at the team’s approach to the build of our next car. This will mean making sure we have all the plans in place to manufacture the best solar car yet, all the time balancing this with students’ and companies’ hectic schedules. I have been involved with CUER for almost 3 years in the Events and Operations team, which I led in the last academic year. This will be my first fully technical role in the team and I am very excited to be involved in the design and build of our next car! 

Jamil Jami: Thermal Management
I am a second year Engineer at Clare College and have been a member of the aerodynamics team for the last two years. For the 2016 summer design team, I will be working on a consolidated thermal management system including cooling flows, venting and flow augmentation. Our new initiative will see accelerated development in our new generation solar car concept and EV technology. I am excited to be working on these advanced systems, engaging with outreach and expanding our support base. Working with CUER has been a fantastic experience and I look forward to the challenges ahead. 
Clare Teng: Suspension
This summer I will be working on the suspension system in light of the recently published regulations for the 2017 World Solar Challenge. The aim is to create a set up that has greater flexibility than the previous vehicle, Evolution, including restrictions on turning circle, steering, maximum dimensions of the car and internal space for the driver. Suitable stiffness and strength must be designed to ensure optimal performance during the race from Darwin to Adelaide. 
Johannes Theron: Aerodynamics

Having just finished my second year of Engineering at Jesus College, I am excited to apply everything I have learned, and more, to the aerodynamic design of the new solar car. An efficient aerodynamic design is key to any vehicle’s performance, whether it be the next-gen CUER solar car or the next top supercar. We aim to innovate in areas which can be applied to the wider industry and this has become a fundamental part of the CUER character. 

David Hsuan: Chassis

I’m a third year mechanical engineering student from Emmanuel College and I’m designing the chassis this summer. I’ve been involved with CUER for the past year as head of chassis/suspension. I’ve enjoyed working with other students and sponsors over the year and am looking forward to taking the work we’ve done and the experience of our sponsors and using them to produce a final chassis design. 

Josh Fossey: Wheels

The Wheels project will look at how the wheel design can be optimised from the point of view of both mechanical and structural integrity and aerodynamic performance. This is an area of the car which has not been looked at in great detail in recent years, so there should be scope for improvement. I’m looking forward to having an area of the car which I can take ownership of and do my best to make it as good as it can possibly be, and I am obviously excited to see what difference my efforts will make to the car’s performance in October 2017 at the next World Solar Challenge. 

Elena Rastorgueva: Systems Integration

Since joining CUER as a first year engineer at the start of this year, I’ve really enjoyed getting involved with the Business Team as well as managing outreach events and learning about the design ideas for the next race. The scale of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and the technical, financial and human factors to consider in completing it makes CUER an amazing team to be part of. I’m looking forward to tracking the layout of the car as it is developed and ensuring the designs developed by each project fit together as part of the systems integration project.  

Core Team 2015/16

Aurelia Hibbert

As the first full-time Programme Director of CUER it is my job to oversee the entire project and also set a precedent for future full-time team members. I am involved in all aspects of the project but my main responsibility is to work on the long-term development of the team while also ensuring the day-to-day success. I particularly enjoy this role as it gives the chance to scope out opportunities for the team and guide the direction for the future. I am also very proud and privileged to work alongside such driven students with the guidance of many experienced mentors. 

Adam Gristock
I am Deputy Director and Project Manager. I enjoy this role because it is at interface of the Technical, Sponsorship and Operations teams; I like knowing what everyone is up to and dipping in and out of the detail! On a daily basis I could be doing anything from organising freight to helping plan manufacturing. This variety keeps things interesting but increases the risk of getting sucked into too many tasks. During my time in the role I shall focus on improving my skills as a manager so I can ensure team members are best placed for us to succeed! 
Max Schinke
As Technical Director, I oversee the Innovation Projects and the concept development of the our new car. The role offers the opportunity to get involved with the technical details ranging from mechanical, electrical to aerodynamic aspects. At the same time I see the development of the team as a whole and manage the technical sub-teams. It's great working with all these brilliant people, learning new skills while working on a great project.
Dom Browne
As Secretary and PR Manager I am responsible for keeping the team’s public image positive and professional. I enjoy this role because it allows me to discover what the entire team gets up to both at a detailed, and more general level; whether this is changes to the braking system, or securing the latest sponsorship agreement. As an architecture student, not an engineer, I aim to hold a more conceptual understanding of how the team is perceived, and how through communication channels such as social media or other visual engagements, we are able to convey the team in the best possible light. I look forward to my time in the role, and I’m excited to see how CUER will change and develop. 
Shreeja Basak
I am the Events and Operations Manager. This means that at any one time, I could be doing things as diverse as deciding the menu for a team dinner and planning how clear two years' worth of equipment from a workshop!  
Frank Bloomfield

As Chief Aerodynamic Engineer, I am responsible for the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle. This is particularly important in Resolution concept vehicles as it defines the shape of the car. I am really enjoying being able to approach this cycle with the prior experience of a World Solar Challenge. It gives me great insight in to how we can improve our design for the next generation of CUER solar vehicles. 

Imran Ahmed

As Business Manager, I lead a small team of students who work to secure sponsorship deals to support CUER - either through building long-term relationships with our current sponsors, or through approaching potential sponsors. Our primary goal is to ensure that the technical teams have all the materials, equipment and support they need to build our vehicle. 

Michael Li
My role as the Financial Manager makes me responsible for all the cash flow and current accounts of CUER. I am also in charge of producing financial reports and revising budgets for the team to ensure seamless production, ensuring our society would not face a liquidity crisis in building such a project. It is crucial for me to communicate with other key members to produce, revise and finalize a workflow for the project, and with such aspiring, hardworking, and innovative team members, I can feel the excitement every day. CUER fulfilled my dream in working in an engineering-focused team on a challenging project while being able to have knowledge of every process that happens. 
David Hsuan
I'm the leader of our Innovation Project developing the chassis for our car concepts. These concepts include the biggest chassis development since the 2013 car Resolution. The best thing about being part of Eco-Racing is the excitement and reward from projects like these coming to fruition in a physical car. I'm looking forward to growing and developing my team from keen but inexperienced students to passionate engineers.
Michael Droogleever Fortuyn

I am the Internal Events Officer which makes me responsible for organising the team's logistics. The best thing is then seeing it come together in Australia. I am really looking forward to generating more interest in the team's activities, improving our operating efficiency, and optimising our strategies in all phases of development so we can compete to win! 

Amy Livingstone
As the Chief Electrical Engineer I'm in charge of designing and making all the electrical systems in the car. These include the battery pack and solar array along with the interface and telemetry circuitry and mounting systems. 
Mihir Deshpande
My current role is Aerodynamics Project Leader. Working with the Chief Aerodynamic Engineer, I assess the current aerodynamic state of the car and aim to improve it. This involves using CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software to make calculations and refine the design of the car. I also make and distribute projects to the Aero team to help make these changes to the aerodynamics.  
Roland Papp

I am the Health and Safety Officer for the team. Although I have not been on the team for long, the best thing about it so far is that everyone is so friendly, creating a positive working environment. I am most looking forward to getting to know those in the team that I don't usually get to work with at whole team events such as the Annual Dinner. 

Vicky Gough

I am the Project Leader for the Solar Development innovation project. The best thing about being part of the team is working with such enthusiastic and lovely people on a really cool project. Also it was great being one of very few people that could drive in EVOLUTION (the 2015 car), because I'm small enough - which meant I could drive in it quite a lot during testing in Australia, and it is truly a fun experience to drive a solar powered car! Being small is great. I look forward to working with the team in the future and seeing it become more of a threat to the big players in the World Solar Challenge in 2017. 

Aayush Sonthalia
I’ve been on the CUER Business Team since I joined as an excited first-year student in 2014. My role is to build and maintain relationships with individuals and sponsors who support us on our incredible journey. I have persisted with CUER for almost two years because of the amazing people I work with! The people on the team are not only extremely talented students, from whom I learn a lot, but they are also great friends to have.  
Baba Bob-Soile
I am the Sponsors Relations Officer, working with existing sponsors to ensure we are being valuable and conscientious partners. 
Siddharth Gupta

I am the Project Leader for the Battery Management System (BMS) Innovation Project. What I really love about being part of the team is the number of different things that I've learnt and improved; not only technical skills like electronics design and soldering, but also transferable skills like communication and leadership.  


Our race team is made up from a selection of current students, and alumni from the University of Cambridge. Team members come from many different faculties across the university, with each member contributing a unique set of skills to the team. When combined together, this creates a well rounded team and versatile team, putting us in the best position for the World Solar Challenge.

Core Team 2014-15

The team in 2014-15, many of whom came through the Summer Design Team, set CUER up for its greatest success at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2015. They also reached the milestone of securing support for CUER's first ever full-time Programme Director.

Summer Design Team 2014

The Summer Design Team was established as a biennial group who work over the summer to kickstart the beginning of each race cycle, by developing a concept for the next generation of our car for the new team to continue work in the following Michaelmas term.


2012 - 2013

In June 2012, Keno Mario-Ghae took over the team. The 2013 World Solar Challenge were released requiring 4 wheels, better driver visibility and increasingly designed-in safety features such as driver headspace and the team  began exploring ways to take advantage of opportunities in the new regulations.

The team worked remotely over the summer, iterating day by day until narrowing down on the concept that became Resolution. Resolution has an aerodynamic tear drop shop combined with a large transparent canopy at the rear under which, an innovative solar tracking plate follows the sun as it moved across the sky, increasing the overall energy input. Resolution’s philosophy was to decouple the aerodynamic and solar performance, avoiding the compromise that is often made between the two. 

Resolution’s 2013 entry was launched by Teena Gade at the London Science Museum with guests including Sir Paul Judge. A few days before Scrutineering, whilst testing at motorway speeds on a public road in Australia, the team had an accident in which Resolution turned over onto its side, slid off the road and down an embankment. The driver was not hurt. 

Though a great effort was made to fix the car, it was deemed unsafe without sufficient time to investigate fully and the team withdrew from the World Solar Challenge. Subsystems such as tracking and solar concentrators were tested independently to gain knowledge for future teams, but Resolution only drove in the starting ceremony and final parade.

2011 - 2012

Following the World Solar Challenge in 2011, Emil was succeeded by Mark Nicholson who would lead the first half of what would become the team’s most audacious race cycle. Supported by the Advisory Board and inspired by high performance recumbent bikes Mark led the 2013 race cycle team towards a radically different design philosophy; small, lightweight and aerodynamically efficient design. The team worked in secret on a solar powered motorbike, codenamed Christine, of which they built and tested an early prototype electric bike with stabilisers up to 30 mph. Strategic partners and sponsors were brought on board during this cycle to help with the effort including the National Composites Centre.

2009 - 2011

Following the World Solar Challenge 2009, Anthony was succeeded by Pip Walters who lead the first half of a two year development. Over the next two years, the team continued redesigning and refining Endeavour, resulting in a car with much improved aerodynamic properties and more reliable batteries dubbed Endeavour Mk 2. The team used CFD simulations to make minor tweaks to the canopy, and tested the car extensively at a local airfield, before heading out to the 2011 World Solar Challenge led by Emil Hewage. There, after one of the toughest races on record due to a combination of thunderstorms and bush fires, they finished 25th out of 37 teams.

2008 - 2009

Affinity was designed and constructed in early 2008, as a prototype vehicle to learn about solar systems and vehicle development. She was also used as a display and outreach vehicle, inspiring students and grown-ups alike across the UK. Affinity was endorsed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to legally drive on UK roads, and became the first solar-powered vehicle to qualify. In June 2008, as part of our “End to End” event, Affinity became the first solar-powered car to drive legally on UK roads, driving over 830 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise awareness of sustainable energy. During the event, we ran outreach events at schools and town centres across the UK. To date Affinity remains the only solar vehicle to have driven legally on the UK roads.

 In July 2008, following the successful “End to End” tour, Martin stepped down as Team Manager and was succeeded by Anthony Law. Work began on the second generation CUER vehicle, Endeavour, led Anthony Law with Martin taking up a position on the team’s Advisory Board, a position which he still serves today. Following design work by a number of students in the Engineering Department, and with the support of the Advisory Board, the team competed in the 2009 World Solar Challenge, a 3000 km solar marathon across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide. Endeavour's 2009 entry was launched by Jenson Button at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The 2009 Team came 14th, of 26 competitors. Our highest finish to at the World Solar Challenge to date, though a battery failure severely hindered their chances of competing effectively.

2007 - 2008

The team was founded in 2007 by Martin McBrien. Whilst studying as an exchange scholar at MIT, he was inspired by their Solar Electric Vehicle Team and dreamt that one day Cambridge would be able to win the World Solar Challenge. On returning to Cambridge, he assembled and led a team of ambitious students and supporters and began developing our first vehicle, Affinity.

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