Team Leadership

Rensselaer Motorsport has set up fourteen separate leadership positions, with each position’s responsibilities and duties outlined in the team constitution. The fourteen positions are all held by students, serving terms of one year at a time. Additionally, Rensselaer Motorsport has a faculty advisor on campus. Leadership elections are held at the end of the academic year for the following school year. 

Team Leadership

Rensselaer Motorsport has set up eight separate leadership positions, with each position’s responsibilities and duties outlined in the team constitution. The eight positions are all held by students, serving terms of one year at a time. Additionally, Rensselaer Motorsport has a faculty advisor on campus. Leadership elections are held at the end of the academic year for the following school year. 

Christopher Sherlock

Christopher Sherlock

Technical Director

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2023

Email Chris: sherlc@rpi.edu

I’m a fourth-year mechanical engineering student also studying cognitive science and computer science. This year I’ll be working on buttoning up our cooling system as well as looking deeper into our intake and exhaust systems. I came onto the team as a freshman and was immediately hooked. I love being able to get my hands dirty and see all I’ve learned and worked hard for come together at the end of the year. My favorite part of the team is how great of a learning environment it is and how willing every team member is to help others. I’m excited to get back into the shop with even more enthusiasm and motivation than ever. I can’t wait to see the amazing car we pull together this year.

Benjamin Rome

Benjamin Rome

Team Lead

Computer Science and Business
Class of 2023

Email Ben: romeb@rpi.edu

I’m a CS major and I put a wing that isn’t an airfoil on my Mini. Don’t ask me how race cars work and don’t ask how I got the team lead position. I also was an advocate for trying to go from combustion to electric in just one year, again, don’t ask why because I don’t have an answer. All I know is that if you ain’t first you’re last and camber makes all cars go faster.

Sean Trimper

Sean Trimper

EV Lead

Electrical Engineering
Class of 2025

Email Sean: trimps@rpi.edu

I am an electrical engineering major in my second year at RPI. I am Rensselaer Motorsport’s first EV Lead, overseeing the high voltage, low voltage, and powertrain systems on RM26, our first fully electric racecar. I have been a member of this team since my first week at RPI and have primarily worked in the electrical subsystem. I come into this role with experience with FIRST Robotics and personal RC Vehicles, giving me a strong background in electronics and electric powertrains. Outside of RM, I’m a conductor with the RPI pep band and participate on the club baseball and ski teams.

Bridget Macmillan

Bridget Macmillan

Brakes Lead

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2023

Email Bridget: macmib2@rpi.edu

I am a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering major, with a minor in Sustainability. I’ve been interested in the world of motorsport as long as I can remember, and was three years old when I went to Willow Springs to watch my first race. When I saw RM24, last years car, for the first time as a freshman, I knew I needed to join the team. This year, I hope to help bring organization stability to the design process of our car, through one of our biggest challenges yet: designing and building a car remotely.

Thea Steinbach

Thea Steinbach

Business Team Lead, Funds & Purchasing, CIO

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2025

Email Thea: steint2@rpi.edu

Bio

Jasper Stone

Jasper Stone

Suspension Lead, Shop and Safety Manager

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2025

Email Jasper: stonej5@rpi.edu

I am a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student, and have been on the team since the beginning of my freshman year. As suspension lead my job is to maximize the performance and handing of RM26 though suspension optimization and tuning. As the team’s Safety manager, I ensure the safety of the team and manage safety related documentation.

George Rizos

George Rizos

Ergonomics Lead, Sponsor and Alumni Relations, Social Media Co-Lead

Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation, and Society
Class of 2024

Email George: rizosg@rpi.edu 

I am a Junior Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation and Society Dual Major with a Minor in Graphic Design. I joined the team in Fall of 2021, and have since grown into my positions as Ergonomics Lead, helping to make the car more comfortable and driver centered, as well as Social Media & PR Lead and Sponsor Relations Lead, helping to manage our outward image to the rest of the world. I’ve been in love with racecars since I was very young, and FSAE/RM is a means for me to directly apply what I’m learning in school and pursue that childhood dream.

Jonas Kendra

Jonas Kendra

Tires Lead

Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2024

Email Jonas: kendrj@rpi.edu

I’m a junior Mechanical Engineer and aspiring suspension guru. Tires don’t seem to obey the laws of physics. The best way to explain them, is that they are magic. With that said, I’m not necessarily an engineer, but rather a tire-wizard, tasked with deciphering the surreptitious nature of the tire. I joined the team in 2021 and helped with RM25 and am now applying my knowledge to tire selection and suspension setup of RM26. Now, let’s work together to make something truly magic.

Bri Ipekci

Bri Ipekci

Aerodynamics Lead

Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2024

Email Bri: ipekcb@rpi.edu

I am a Junior Aeronautical and Mechanical engineering student who joined the team last year. I was immediately drawn to aero when I joined, enough to switch to my dual major. I love being on this team and I’m so excited to be designing this year’s aero package! If I see the car slowing down, I promise to personally supply enough air to blow on it until it passes the finish line, as any good aero lead would do. To many more all nighters at the shop, CFD crashes, and going fast – this year’s going to be a good one.

Erich Bahm

Erich Bahm

Drivetrain Lead

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2024

Email Erich: bahme@rpi.edu

Bio

Jack Coyne

Jack Coyne

Cooling Lead

Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2024

Email Jack: coynej3@rpi.edu

I joined the team Fall 2021 when revised COVID restrictions finally allowed new members to get involved. I have a massive passion for driving racecars, whether it’s real life or virtually, and pour my heart and soul into going as fast as humanly possible. I intend on working extremely hard to make sure we have drivers that can get the absolute most out of the vehicles we design. This year I also have the privilege of designing a means for which the car does not spontaneously combust, which is pretty cool.

Lauren Bauer

Lauren Bauer

Low Voltage Lead, Social Media Co-Lead

Chemistry
Class of 2025

Email Lauren: bauerl2@rpi.edu

Bio

Amar Maksumić

Amar Maksumić

Powertrain Lead

Computer Science and Computer & Systems Engineering
Class of 2025

Email Amar: maksua@rpi.edu

I’m a Sophomore Computer Science and Computer & Systems Engineering student that joined the team in Spring of 2022. As the Powertrain Lead, I choose our motor and ESC hardware, write control software for these components, and make sure that the car doesn’t do a burnout every time we press the accelerator. I am also a member of RPI Robotics and a Mentor for FRC team 2601’s Software and Electrical subteams. 

P.S. Hot hatches and performance wagons are the best type of car (after Formula cars, of course)

Michael Park

Michael Park

Chassis Lead

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2024

Email Michael: parkm5@rpi.edu

I am a Junior Mechanical Engineering student that joined the team Fall of 2020. As Chassis Lead, it is my responsibility to design the tube frame structure of our racecar, and also integrating every other subsystem in order to create a neatly packaged and lightweight racecar. Like everyone else on the team, racecars are my passion and I cherish those looong nights at the shop.

Max Parizot

Max Parizot

Composits Lead

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2024

Email Michael: parizm@rpi.edu

I am a Junior at RPI studying Aerospace and Mechanical engineering. I race (and fix) sailboats at home. Our car has these funny looking sails called “airfoils” littered everywhere to turn left (and sometimes right) faster. I like speed. As the Composites Lead it is my responsibility to assure that the aero package can be built easily while maintaining the same performance/ increasing its efficiency.