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NAIAS – Solar Technology Student Team


Students at the Michigan State University College of Engineering designed and built two cars that were showcased in the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year. MSU’s solar-powered car, Leonidas, was built by the MSU Solar Team. The team’s project manager, Ali ElSeddik, is an electrical engineering major that has been involved in the program for two years.


“Participating at the NAIAS is of great significance. It gives us a platform to showcase the team’s most innovative designs and cutting-edge technology advancements within the renewable energy and automotive fields,” ElSeddick said.

The other car, known as SR14, was designed and built by MSU’s Formula Racing Team. The team, made up of about 25 primarily undergraduate students from across the university, engages in a “design, build, race” project cycle that sees the projects from start to finish, including the design of a vehicle, procurement and fabrication of parts, prototype building and vehicle testing.