Shorecrest grad racing through Australia in solar car

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kelsey Josund working on solar car
Kelsey Josund, Shorecrest Class of 2012, is now 24 and a graduate student at Stanford.

This week she is in Darwin, Australia competing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) with an 100% solar powered car, designed and built by students in an extracurricular program at Stanford over the last two years.

In addition to all the engineering involved, these students also write business plans, make presentations and seek their own sponsorships and grants to fund the build.

Kelsey was part of the team as an undergraduate in 2015 and participated in the race. Her team came in 6th place in their class.

This year she was voted Team Lead, the first ever woman to lead the team. The 2017 team is nearly half female, due to her recruitment efforts to bring in more women engineering students.

They have returned to Australia to race their car, Sundae, in the Challenger class. It’s the smallest and lightest vehicle they’ve ever built and they are hoping to be even more competitive with a more efficient solar array.

They test drove in the Outback, as they were on their way north to Darwin for the start.

The race runs October 8-15. It starts in Darwin, NT on the northern coast of Australia and finishes in Adelaide, SA on the southern coast of Australia 1,885 miles away.

Stanford solar car race team
Kelsey Josund is center, 6th from left


Follow the race on the BWSC website to track the progress of the cars during that intense 4-5 days while they race across the desert.


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