Joining the team during his first month at the University of Michigan in 2007, Josh Feldman began as part of the strategy division. From there, he became part of the NASC 2008 Race Crew, a driver and Race Strategist in WSC 2009, and part of StratCom in 2010-2011.
Feldman’s time at solar car has been ingrained into his memory to the point where he claims, “Just ask anyone who’s worked with me and they’ll tell you that I can come up with some random anecdote that relates to just about anything we had to deal with on solar car.” He has the ability to list numerous memories, starting from constructing Infinium’s lower in his socks with a mask, or driving Infinium down the Stuart Highway for what seems like an eternity with no apparent change of scenery, or even being at a bar in Adelaide where the locals thought they were part of the “fire brigade” due to the yellow coats they were wearing.
Like many of his fellow solar car members and alumni, Feldman states that he misses the family aspect to the team. “Summers in Ann Arbor for solar car were at the same time brutal and amazing. Getting to the workspace at 8 a.m. and leaving at 2 or 3 a.m. wasn’t fun, but it was made tolerable because of the company of my teammates. Having 25 siblings can be daunting, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Currently, Josh works as a software engineer on the Software Update Intergration Team at Apple, where he is developing major updates to Mac OS X. Being on the team not only gave him a sense of family, but also the ability to be part of a team. When starting his real life after graduation, there were a lot of anxieties, but how to work with others wasn’t one of them.
In all honesty, when asked about the current 2011 team, Feldman had his doubts on how they turned out. However, he has been nothing but impressed since leaving the team.
“They are far more ambitious than we were, and that’s saying something (we had four matching black Chevy Tahoes!). Their pursuit of aggressive timelines, their drive to improve the efficiency in all aspects of the car, their incredible improvements to Strategy, and even their community outreach have far surpassed what I thought would be done. If we ever had a shot, this’d definitely be our best one.”