Originally a team of a handful undergraduates, the OSUSVT has expanded in numbers and now includes a significant portion of engineering graduate students as well as undergraduates of all levels and a variety of interests in science, engineering, and business. The team continues to give students hands-on experience in team work, engineering, and business management, as well as providing outreach in sustainable transportation engineering to the community of Oregon.
The goals of the team include:
- Building and racing solar-powered vehicles.
- Providing teamwork, business, and engineering experience to students.
- Providing education on electric vehicles to students and the community.
- Representing OSU as a leader in alternative energy engineering.
- Stimulating research on efficient transportation.
- Enhancing relationships between OSU and industry.
The team is organized into five main groups:
- Mechanical: The mechanical team is in charge of machining the frame of the car.
- Body: The body team is in charge of constructing the outer shell of the car.
- Array: The array team is in charge of cutting, soldering, and laminating the solar cells into modules.
- Electrical: The electrical team is in charge of designing and building all the electronics and computer systems in the car.
- Business: The business team is in charge of fundraising, advertising, and making sure the team completes all the tasks needed to compete in the race.