Rohan Shah is a sophomore from Mumbai, India. And he has pretty high ambitions. Once he has received his electrical engineering degree, Rohan would like to work in the field for a while before he pursues a graduate degree in engineering and then an MBA. Nevertheless, he, like the rest of us, tries to save time for the pleasures of recreation. Rohan likes to chill with friends and play racquetball. He also watches a lot of TV shows, such as The Big Bang Theory, House, and White Collar. His favorite movies are Star Wars and Iron Man 2.
Rohan joined the team in Fall 2010 as a freshman. His motivation: “I felt that there was a lot of new knowledge and experience to be gained from this team. I also felt that creativity would be accepted well in this team and that people respected and acknowledged my thoughts and ideas.”
As a freshman, Rohan was part of the strategy division. The projects he worked on involved modeling the speed of the car on Australian terrain and organizing a lot of data that was recorded earlier when creating simulations of the car in WSC. In addition, he volunteered to help at team events, such as the Alumni tailgate and Tech Day. Now that Rohan is on race crew he has taken on more engineering responsibilities to prepare him for the unexpected obstacles that arise during the race.
His favorite memory with the team was attending the North American International Auto Show in Detroit where he was able to represent the team and the University of Michigan. There, he could demonstrate the team and University’s professionalism to all people around the world. (This might be worth mentioning – Rohan and I shared a shift at the auto show and isn’t it “the company that makes the feast?”)
Rohan is eagerly awaiting this summer’s race. He is hoping to be selected as a driver for the team. In any case, he is excited to travel around the United States and visit places he has never been before. Of course, he is enthusiastic about the competition itself. He will be acting as a power electrical engineer, ensuring that the array is working fine and is protected at all times. Moreover, he will be monitoring the status of the battery and the high voltage electrical systems in the car. Congrats on making race crew and good luck to Rohan!