When you hear Matt Goldstein’s name on the solar car team, one of the first things that pops into your head is “Strategy.” Growing up in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Matt Goldstein was competitive in both Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiujitsu.
“That’s why I joined the strategy division. I’m a competitive person and the strategy division is the most competitive group on the team. Strategy’s specific job is to win the race. That’s what hooked me.”
As a Computer Science Engineer major, Matt has a unique skillset as a strategist. On the American Solar Challenge in 2012, Matt designed the software for the race which helped strategy set speeds for Quantum.
“Historically I’m one of the few Head Strategists on the team that’s majoring in Computer Science Engineering. Many of the past Head Strategists knew a lot about the strategy side of things, but not as much of the software side. I think that’s something unique about me, that I helped design the software myself.”
Looking forward, Matt anticipates many challenges for the World Solar Challenge. Many people acknowledge the engineering challenges of designing a four-wheeled car, but Matt’s main challenge is to accommodate the fourth wheel during the race. When asked what was his favorite part of being on the team:
“My favorite time on the team was running alongside Quantum during ASC 2012. Seeing all that hard work paying off… it was unbelievable. But all I’m thinking about now is WSC and winning the race.”