During my time as the Business Management Team Lead for the University of Washington Hyperloop Team, I represented the university at the inaugural SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Hawthorne, CA. Our team placed 4th in the United States, and 6th globally. The competition initially received 1,700 team proposals, which were narrowed down to 30 finalists.
As the Business Management Team Lead, I led the team to launch a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, raising over $20,000 in cash (with an initial goal of $10,000), and over $80,000 of source materials used in the construction of the Pod. I managed team finances, and helped deliver the lowest-cod Pod at the final competition. The collective effort of the team led us to have the lowest-cost Pod among the 30 final teams.
In addition to leading the crowdfunding campaign, I also spearheaded the sourcing and delivery of over $50,000 of raw material, including high-density Carbon Fiber, release agents, and powerful Neodymium magnets for the final Pod assembly. I led sponsor outreach and maintained relationships with internal and external supervisors and supporters.
UW Hyperloop Pod Mark II
I assisted the Controls Team Lead in the final design and implementation of electronic mapping and wiring on the Pod. I also contributed to late-stage troubleshooting efforts that led to the successful implementation and deployment of Halbach arrays on the Pod, which facilitated levitation and magnetic propulsion on the test track.
Lastly, I explored the transformative economic and social effects a hypothetical Hyperloop system could have on the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Working on the Hyperloop team was a challenging and rewarding experience, and I am proud of the work we accomplished together.