The Team

Aerodynamics   •   Business & Public Relations   •   Chassis   •   Controls   •   Database   •   Electrical   •   Manufacturing  •  Performance   •   Powertrain   •   Suspension

 

The Team

The team is organized in a hierarchical tree headed up by the Team Lead and Chief Engineer - two seasoned students who are elected by returning members to take charge the following year. Together they work to develop the principle mechanical design of the next car, set goals and targets for the upcoming season, and manage the overall direction of the team.

A group of senior-level leaders collaborate on the execution of goals, oversee training of the newest members, support existing teammates and implement efficient organization and effective communication practices within the team. Along with the Team Lead and Chief Engineer, responsibilities of three additional principal leadership positions are as follows: The Shop Manager maintains inventory, plans the shop layout and inventory organization, and ensures efficient shop operation. The Development Manager oversees data collection and collaborates with other leadership to construct a testing and development plan to make sure the car is well-prepared for competition. The Business Manager oversees team finances, effective use of materials, the Cost Report and Business Presentation for competition, and directs students who contribute to the Business Team.

Reporting to the senior-level leaders, various Subsystem Leads and Directors head up the main functional areas critical to the success of the car. Each Lead is tasked with making sure their respective system is on track and supervises members within that group. The following subsystems concentrate on the design, fabrication, and analysis of individual components pertinent to each system.

The roles of four Directors are equally important. The Public Relations Director manages the team’s social media and online presence, visually documents the team’s progress, and manages sponsor communications. The Performance Director is responsible for organizing and supervising drive days, works with each subsystem to ensure that earlier cars are in running condition, and coordinates with the Development Manager to carry out all testing for the current car. The Manufacturing Director assists subsystems with machine set-up and component manufacturing and oversees machine training and tooling inventory. The Recruitment Director coordinates events for students interested in joining the organization and works with all team leads to develop a training plan for new members.

 
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team lead - ryan jacobs 

4th Year Mechanical Engineer                                                               rjacobs33@gatech.edu                                                                             865.257.0525

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chief engineer - spencer kemp

4th Year Mechanical Engineer                                                               skemp8@gatech.edu                                                                               404.831.4625

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shop manager -             Elliot blocha

5th Year Mechanical Engineer   eblocha3@gatech.edu               919.931.0912

 

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development manager -         christopher scank

3rd Year Aerospace Engineer cscank@gatech.edu                  319.899.7540

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business manager -                 matthew sharpe

4th Year Civil Engineer msharpe33@gatech.edu            954.770.7344

 

 
 

Beneath these Senior Leaders, various subsystems divide the work and specialize in specific areas of the car.    The Subsystem Leaders lead their respective teams in the design, fabrication, and analysis of individual components on their specific system. The subsystems are:

 
                Aerodynamics - Kerry Henegar

               Aerodynamics - Kerry Henegar

                         Chassis - David Xu

                        Chassis - David Xu

                      Electrical - Tag Garibay

                     Electrical - Tag Garibay

                       Electrical - Sam Kiley

                      Electrical - Sam Kiley

                  Powertrain - Christian Free

                 Powertrain - Christian Free

                      Controls -  Tyler McDaniel

                     Controls -  Tyler McDaniel

                    Suspension - Dustin Roth

                   Suspension - Dustin Roth

 

 
 

Parallel to Subsystem Leads are four System Directors: Manufacturing, Performance, Public Relations, and Recruiting. These directors work with subsystem leads beyond the scope of the car, such as component manufacturing, event coordination, sponsor relations, and machine training. Additionally, there is a Database team dedicated to optimizing internal management and progress tracking.

 

 
                   Performance - Mike Green

                  Performance - Mike Green

              Recruiting - Geraghty Anne Ellis

             Recruiting - Geraghty Anne Ellis

              Manufacturing - Emily Kamienski

             Manufacturing - Emily Kamienski