The 2021 Virtual Solar Car Expo Logo

Watch recordings of our first ever Solar Car Expo! Held over Zoom on the 11th and 12th of November 2021. You can learn from our experienced team in our four technical presentations. Be inspired by our special guest speakers. And gain valuable insights into the engineering industry in our Partners, Industry and Women in STEM sessions. See what we've been up to in our team update and workshop tour. Finally you can learn what being part of a solar team is like in our WSST and Solar Car Community Q&A sessions.

Technical Presentation: Understanding Race Strategy

Learn about race strategy from our Strategy Team Leaders Jonathan Allen and Andrew Smith. Learn why race strategy is so important for a solar car team, how a race strategy can be calculated and how we have had to adapt our strategy model to the upcoming track based Aussie Solar Challenge. The presentation is then followed by audience Q&A.

Technical Presentation: UNLIMITED 3.0 Design Deep-dive

Hear our Systems & Interface Lead, Divyam Shah, and Team Manager, Brad Nadalini, take a deep dive into UNLIMITED 3.0, the car we built for the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, and the engineering management required to complete the car. UNLIMITED 3.0, or 'Ted 3', holds the title of 'World's Lightest Solar Car' weighing in at only 116.8 kg. Learn about the design decisions and techniques used to achieve this record. Then you can see the management technique that we, a fully student led team, employ to completely design and build a solar car every 2 years. This presentation is then followed by audience Q&A.

Technical Presentation: Validation through Computer Simulation

See how we use computer simulation such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to engineer cutting edge vehicles for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge while operating within the budget constraints of a student-led team. Our Systems & Interface Lead, Divyam Shah, explains how these simulations work, why these simulations are important and how they present significant cost savings over destructive testing for any engineering project. This presentation is the followed by audience Q&A.

Technical Presentation: Composites and Manufacturing

Learn the basics of carbon composite manufacturing and how we use it to produce extremely efficient vehicles almost entirely in-house in Western Sydney. Our Team Manager, Brad Nadalini, explains the specific manufacturing process that we use on-campus and the challenges that must be overcome during manufacturing. He then answers questions from the audience.

Women in STEM Panel

Hear from WiSE Support officer Leana Hamad about how the WiSE program supports the career development of women studying in the STEM field at Western Sydney University. She is joined by current and former Western Sydney Solar Team members: Mariah Drakoulis, Zoe Gottstein and Wendy Pham, to discuss their experiences being part of the team.

Guest Speaker: Ben Felten

Ben Felten was born fully sighted but was left completely blind by his late 20s but has not let his condition get in the way of his dream to ride motorcycles. Ben Felten holds the world record for fastest blind man on a motorcycle! Hear his inspirational story about overcoming adversity and hear how his charity efforts are creating opportunities for people with vision impairments.

Western Sydney Solar Team Q&A

Listen to some of our experienced team members discuss all things Solar Car. Hear about how we have dealt with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the lessons we have learned over the years, what it’s like being new to the team and more.

The panel is hosted by: Divyam Shah - Systems and Interface Lead

The panelists are:

  • Brad Nadalini - Team Manager
  • Bernard Fehon - Strategy and Design Advisor
  • Andrew Smith - Strategy Lead
  • Jonathan Allen - Strategy Lead
  • Peter Mitchell - Electrical Lead
  • Maggie Worsley - Communications Lead
  • Kartik Kumar - Mechanical Lead
  • Griffin Richardson - Mechanical Team Member
  • Lachlan Weymouth - Mechanical Team Member

Solar Car Community Q&A

Hear from members of the international solar car community talk about how they have handled the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, how they approach the different regulation sets and what their plans are for the future.

The panel is hosted by: Divyam Shah - Western Sydney Solar Team

The panelists are:

  • UNSW Sunswift Racing Team - Alex Air & Ben Heina
  • Michigan Solar Car Team - Terry Li, Evan Travis & Brock Atkins
  • ANU Solar Racing - Ruby Jones
  • Onda Solare - Moren Facone & Prof. Giangiacomo Minak
  • Western Sydney Solar Team - Brad Nadalini & Kartik Kumar
  • Bridgestone World Solar Challenge - Associate Prof. Peter Pudney

Building the Advanced Manufacturing Sector in Western Sydney

Hear from industry experts from WSU Launch Pad who are helping shape the future of Western Sydney. Hear how Western Sydney University supports innovative startups and local SMEs with its Launch Pad programs and how this is crucial to addressing the skills shortage and develop the advanced manufacturing sector in Western Sydney.

The panel is hosted by: Inu Rana - WSU Launch Pad

The panelists are:

  • Don Wright - WSU
  • Dr. Anders Hallgren - Hallgren & Associates
  • David Fox - LA Services
  • Kim Hosking - Colmar Engineering

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