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. The leadership team for 2019-2020 is comprised of the following people:

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. The leadership team for 2019-2020 is comprised of the following people:

Samuel Cohen

Samuel Cohen

Team Leader

B.S. Information Technology and Web Sciences
Class of 2021

Email Sam: cohens@rpi.edu

I am a third year Information Technology and Web Science student. I joined Rensselaer Motorsport in my first semester at RPI and have been heavily involved ever since. Most significantly, I have worked on developing wireless telemetry, custom strain gauges, and data acquisition systems. While an unconventional year, I am still incredibly excited to be Team Lead this year and to do my best to help the team design, build, and race the best car we can.

Oliver Powell

Oliver Powell

CSA Project Manager

B.S. Materials Engineering
Class of 2023

Email Oliver: powelo@rpi.edu

I a second-year student pursuing a degree in Materials Engineering. I came to RPI specifically after seeing one of Rensselaer Motorsport’s cars hanging on the wall while taking a tour on campus. However, after seeing the sheer complexity of vehicle I could have never dreamed to be working alongside students with so much skill and dedication, presuming that a team of such prowess would leave no room for someone like me to make a home. I was dead wrong, From my first meeting, I saw that not only is this team full of talented and driven individuals, but it is a team full of like-minded people who understand that being a good team means motivating each other. Not only was I accepted, but I was also trusted, I was trusted enough to be elected as this year’s CSA design lead. As CSA design lead I hope to work remotely from my home in Los Angeles and implement design changes that will continue to make us a stand out team.

Bridget Macmillan

Bridget Macmillan

CSA Design Lead

B.S. 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.

Alec Bieser

Alec Bieser

Shop and Safety Manager

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2020 

Email Bridget: biesea@rpi.edu

I am a senior studying Mechanical Engineering and will be graduating December 2020.  This year I am working on the differential, and in the past I designed the team’s first electronic clutch mechanism.  I always enjoy learning new things, and I’m looking forward to finding new ways to improve our car this year.

Benjamin Rome

Benjamin Rome

Business Manager

B.S. Computer Science and Business Management
Class of 2023

Email Ben: romeb@rpi.edu

I am a sophomore at RPI currently pursuing a dual major in Computer Science and Business Management. I happened to stumble across Rensselaer Motorsport my freshman year and fell in love with the team. I have since started creating content for the Rensselaer Motorsport YouTube channel, built this website you’re reading now, and am now remotely (from Oregon) hoping to help run the business portion of this team.

Tom Petr

Tom Petr

EDE Project Manager

B.S. Electrical Engineering
Class of 2023

Email Tom: petrt@rpi.edu

I am a sophomore pursuing a dual major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering. I came to Rensselaer with prior knowledge of what Formula SAE was and joined Rensselaer Motorsport almost immediately. My main contributions to the team have been assisting in the creation of a custom wiring harness and a redesign of our electronic shifting mechanism. I look forward to the busy year ahead of us because, while it will undoubtedly be a complicated and frustrating path to competition in Michigan, we will gather an immense amount of knowledge. This team strives for greatness but we also have a lot of fun along the way and hope others will share in our passion.

Katie Crofford

Katie Crofford

EDE Design Lead

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2021

Email Katie: croffk@rpi.edu

I love building cars and going fast. ZOOOOOoooooom

Johnny D'Aversa

CIO

B.S. Mechanical Engineering and DIS
Class of 2021 

Email Johnny:

I love building cars and going fast. ZOOOOOoooooom