Materials Engineering senior, Matt Goode, from Coggon, Iowa has been leading over 100 students within PrISUm, the solar car team at Iowa State University, in developing the world’s first solar utility vehicle (SUV) named Penumbra. This vehicle will compete in the cruiser class of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to race across the Australian [Continue Reading…]
Project Director and innovative student leader of MSE guides PrISUm to completion of the world’s first solar utility vehicle
Iowa State’s solar car team is getting ready to race a qualifying grand prix and then 1,800 miles across the middle of the country. While the team will certainly try to defend last year’s first-ever overall title, there are other goals, too. The team has big ambitions to race across Australia during next year’s World Solar Challenge. And so team members will use this year’s races to test new systems for the car they’ll design and build for the Australian race.
Iowa State University’s solar cars inspire imagination and discussion at North Fayette Valley High School in West Union. North Fayette Valley science and I-Tech students met and interacted with college engineering students while asking questions about the solar car program on Monday. During the meeting, PrISUm team member Jeff Christensen, a junior in mechanical engineering, cruised around [Continue Reading…]
The frame of Team PrISUm’s solar car Hyperion was displayed during the Veishea parade and then outside Marston Hall on Saturday, April 21. The team has thus far been successful at sticking to their aggressive timeline to prepare the car for this summer’s 1,600 mile race, which will run from Rochester, New York, to St. [Continue Reading…]