Shorecrest Grad taking part in World Solar Challenge

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Shorecrest grad Kelsey Josund and the Solar Car Team
from Stanford University

Kelsey Josund is participating in the world’s most prestigious solar car race this week. The 2012 graduate of Shorecrest High School, and current senior at Stanford University, is a member of the elite Stanford Solar Car Project (SSCP), currently racing their solar car, “Artcan,” across the continent of Australia as part of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC).

The race spans 2,000 miles, beginning at the northern coast in Darwin and ending at the southern coast in Adelaide. Teams who participate in the competition, which takes place every two years, are tasked with designing and building a car capable of traversing the Australian Outback using only sunlight as fuel.

Kelsey, who is studying computer science, is one of 12 Stanford students who make up the SSCP. They are recognized as America’s top solar car team and the top undergraduate team in the world. The team builds, tests and races solar-powered vehicles as part of global competitions, including the BWSC.

In the development of Artcan, Kelsey’s work has focused on building the car’s telemetry system—which allows the car to remotely transmit important data and information back to the team—and other embedded code projects. In her three years on the team, she has also managed the team’s finances and sponsor relations.

Learn more about the Kelsey’s experience in her team’s Day 1 blog post

Watch a short video on Day 1 of the World Solar Challenge

Track Artcan’s progress throughout the race.


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