For this week’s featured ENGS 89/90 project, I spoke to José Miguel Ordóñez about what he’s doing and why he’s doing it.
José’s team was tasked with building Dartmouth’s fully electric formula racing car. While in the past, the car has been a hybrid, this year is the first that it’ll be fully electric.
Jose’s team is in charge of the design of crucial parts for the car. If you don’t find them working in the DFR garage, they’ll most likely be in the Machine Shop, or the CAD lab, where they design and build parts like gears and driveshafts. The group is also in charge of more complex tasks, including building a better battery pack, optimizing the engine, and etc.
José is concentrating on mechanical engineering, and has worked on the DFR team in the past. He is also a fourth year machine shop TA, so this project plays off, and complements his strengths in the field of engineering.
José says he loves coming to Thayer and the machine shop because with each time he’s here, he gets a new opportunity to learn something about machining and engineering, and a new opportunity to build something.