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. 

Nick Jones

Nick Jones

Team Leader, Aerodynamics Lead

Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2022

Email Nick: jonesn6@rpi.edu

I am a senior at RPI dual majoring in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. I joined Rensselaer Motorsport as a freshman in 2018. I am most heavily involved with the aerodynamics package, as well as the chassis and suspension. I have been fascinated by motorsports since attending my first monster truck show at age 5, and later falling in love with NASCAR, IMSA, and Formula 1. Outside of school, I have worked for race teams from the local level all the way up to the NASCAR Cup Series. I have also raced go karts since I was 13, and I currently drive for RM.

Justin Qiu

Justin Qiu

Technical Director

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2022

Ich kann Deutsch (I know German).

Christopher Sherlock

Christopher Sherlock

Engine Lead, Cooling Lead

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2022

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.

Oliver Powell

Oliver Powell

Chassis Lead

Materials Engineering
Class of 2023

Email Oliver: powelo@rpi.edu

I am 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 chassis design lead. As a 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

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.

Thomas Petr

Thomas Petr

Electrical Lead, Data Acquisition Lead

Electrical Engineering
Class of 2023

Email Tom: petrt@rpi.edu

“Ich spreche kein Deutsch”

I am a junior electrical engineer with a minor in economics. I was well aware of Formula SAE well before beginning college and knew that it was a fantastic opportunity to both learn and gain experience outside of class. It also doesn’t hurt that we get to build a racecar. This year I look forward to building our custom wiring harness, strain gauges, and helping obtain the data we need to create and validate a better and faster car through simulation and testing.

Benjamin Rome

Benjamin Rome

Chief Information Officer, Funds & Purchasing Lead

Computer Science and Buisness
Class of 2023

Email Ben: romeb@rpi.edu

I drive a Mini.

George Rizos

George Rizos

PR 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 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. I can’t wait to go to Michigan and perform at the highest level at competition.

Katherine Sears

Katherine Sears

Ergonomics Lead

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

Email Katie: searsk@rpi.edu

I am starting my second year at RPI in the fall. I am dual majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innvoation, and Society. I joined the team in the fall of 2021 and shortly after became the Ergonomics Lead.

Michael Park

Michael Park

Drivetrain Lead

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2024

Email Michael: parkm5@rpi.edu

I am a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student that joined the team Fall of 2020. As EDE Project Manager, my job is to make sure the team stays on track and focused on anything EDE related. This involves scheduling deadlines for design/build goals, as well as checking in on individual team members. As a relatively new member to the team, I’m thrilled to be a part of RM and am looking forward to the next few years with the team. I’ve been a motorsports fan all my life, photographing several motorsport events as a hobby, I’ve also restored a BMW E30 3 Series as a first car, teaching me the basics of automotive engineering.

Jasper Stone

Jasper Stone

Suspension & Tires Lead, Shop and Safety Manager

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2025

Email Jasper: stonej5@rpi.edu

I am a freshman Mechanical Engineering student, I joined the team this past fall. Growing up I have always been interested in cars and how they work. As the Suspension Lead I am responsible for manufacturing suspension components. While at Rensselaer Motorsport I have learned Manufacturing techniques such as welding, milling and the lathe.