Extracurricular Spotlight: Faisal Altassan and Joule
Faisal Altassan, a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, is a member of the UCI Anteater Racing team—an extracurricular group that designs, builds, and tests an original electric car as part of the Formula SAE Electric competition. Run by SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers), the competition encourages participants to enhance their knowledge of engineering design while building project management and leadership skills by constructing a small Formula One-style electric racecar that meets specific competition requirements. Teams compete for a variety of prizes, awarded based on design, presentation, cost, and race performance.
Guided by faculty members from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and advised by Dr. Mark Walter (Lecturer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Anteater Racing has participated in the Formula SAE Electric competition since 2014. The team finished in 8th place (out of 20 teams) in 2014 and 11th place (out of 29 teams) in 2016. This June, the UCI Anteater Racing team will take their car—nicknamed “Joule,” to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete among 30 other teams from universities around the world. KGSP wishes them the best of luck!