Meet the Team

Senait Nuguse

Senait Nuguse

TEAM MANAGER

Senait is currently majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky where she is a junior. She is passionate about a career in clean alternative energies, which complimented her decision to join this team. After completing her first three semesters on the team on the team, she has decided to stay committed for the remainder of her time here at UK. She considered herself someone with no previous electrical experience, and joining the team has allowed her to become confident in the field that she loves. Senait’s time on the team has been great as a learning experience for her and has allowed her to become a well-rounded engineer.

Chris Heintz

Chris Heintz

LEAD ENGINEER

Chris Heintz is a senior from Chesterland, OH and studies mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky. Chris is the current Mechanical Lead for team, where he led the design of the chassis and suspension of Gato Del Sol V. Chris’ experience on the team has allowed him to gain insights into the engineering field and believes this has allowed him to succeed in his internships and co-ops. Prior to joining the UK Solar Car Team, Chris was the president of Combat Robotics in high school and participated in FIRST robotics. His intentions are to remain on the team until graduation from the university and he hopes to stay involved as an alumnus. This semester will mark Chris’ ninth semester on the team.

Austin Jordison

Austin Jordison

MECHANICAL LEAD

Austin Jordison is a junior at the University of Kentucky from Rockcastle County in Mount Vernon, KY, and currently serves as the Mechanical Lead for the team. Before joining the solar car team, Austin focused on Project Lead the Way and other engineering related extracurricular activities, which he believes contributed to him finding a quick home on the team. From honing his skills with basic hand tool operations, to manufacturing the carbon fiber top shell, Austin has had many fun and interesting design and practical experiences while on the team. After seven semesters on the team, Austin feels that he is well on his way to becoming a professional engineer.

Ethan Toney

Ethan Toney

STRATEGY & COMPUTER SCIENCE LEAD

Ethan Toney is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky from Jacksonville, IL, studying computer engineering. Ethan enjoys object-oriented design through computer programming and graphic design. Aside from these interests, Ethan’s hobbies include swimming and cross-country. This semester will be Ethan’s fifth on the team.

Monon Rahman

Monon Rahman

MEDIA LEAD

Monon Rahman is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering here at the University of Kentucky. Monon is in charge of the team’s media presence; he works to take and create photos, videos, and other forms of media. In addition to this, he helps represent the team in a public manner and works to strengthen and maintain relationships between the team and the University as well. He works very closely with the Business Team Lead, Emma Deye. Monon is also a huge motorsports fan, especially for NASCAR, and he wishes to work and compete in NASCAR one day. Outside of UK Solar Car, he is also heavily involved with Formula Kentucky (UK’s Formula SAE team) and the Creative Filming Club.

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Emma Deye

BUSINESS LEAD

Emma is currently a sophomore majoring in finance at the University of Kentucky. She joined the team second semester of her freshman year. Emma’s responsibility as Business Lead is to create and maintain relationships with companies, as well as continuously work to provide funds for the team. She works closely with the Media Team Lead, Monon Rahman, to uphold the team’s image. She believes that being on UKSC has enabled her to hone her professional skills. Outside of UKSC, Emma is a MoneyCATS Peer Financial Coach, UK 101 Peer Instructor, and an officer in her sorority.

Joshua Morgan

Joshua Morgan

Joshua Morgan is from Benton, KY and is a senior in electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky. Since joining the team his freshman year, he has served in several capacities such as Electrical Team Lead, Project Manager, and Team Manager. He has completed several co-op/internships at numerous companies including Johnson and Johnson and Ethicon Endo-Surgery, and feels that his tenure on the team was instrumental in preparing him for those positions. He is currently finishing his BS degree in electrical engineering and has begun working on his Master’s degree in EE focusing on medical & bio-medical technologies. Outside of class and the solar car team, Joshua enjoys playing violin/piano with his family music group, The Musical Morgans. This semester will be Joshua’s ninth semester on the team.

Daniel Cambron

Daniel Cambron

Daniel Cambron is a Master’s Student in Electrical Engineering from Glasgow, KY, researching lithium batteries and current sensing for the University of Kentucky. He has been on the solar car team since his he arrived at UK, serving as the Electrical Team Lead from 2012-2014, and the Team Manager from 2014-2015. Daniel graduated in the spring of 2015 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and held a 4.0 GPA. Additionally, he completed an internship with Boeing and Schneider Electric during his undergraduate enrollment.

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a senior from Washington, D.C. majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky. She fell in love with the team after attending a semester kick-off meeting and has since then gained experience with the use of power tools, mechanical and electrical solutions, and soldering. Throughout Brooke’s seven semesters with the team she remains one of the team’s drivers.

James Rogers

James Rogers

James Rogers is a mechanical engineering major and fluid dynamics minor at the University of Kentucky. James was once involved in competitive model rocketry; however, decided to change things up and give the Solar Car Team a try. Working on the car, he believes, is a fantastic way to apply curriculum from his classes into practical work, and feels that it has become an invaluable component to his college education. James enjoys the camaraderie and teamwork that forming an effective team requires, and intends to remain on the team until his graduation. This semester will be his ninth on the team.

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Benson Pauley

Benson Pauley is a sophomore from Nicholasville, KY, majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky. Benson is passionate about alternative and clean energies. He joined the team in the fall semester of 2014 and has not looked back since. Benson feels that his time spent on the team is an ongoing learning experience, and considers the dedicated hours spent on the team worth-while because of the great company that the team has provided him with. This fall will be Benson’s fifth semester on the team, and he intends to stay until graduation.