Leadership Team
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Dan Blakeley - Project Director

Masters in Engineering Physics & Appropriate Technology '18
Olympia, WA

Before coming to Appalachian State, Dan served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment for six years, deploying to Iraq three times and Afghanistan three times. In the fall of 2013, current team advisor Chris Tolbert held a Transportations Systems Class that challenged students to complete a major class project in the subject area. Having a passion for racing and sustainability, Dan suggested the class build a solar powered car. Since this original vision, the team has become one of the premier North American solar car teams in just a few years. When not focusing on the team, Dan pursues his Masters in Engineering Physics & Appropriate Technology, a degree he will complete in 2018. After graduation, he will be teaching various sustainable transportation system classes full time in the Department of Sustainable Technology in the Built Environment.

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Austin Shaw - Electrical Director

Masters in Engineering Physics '18
Charlotte, NC

Austin decided to come to App State due to his love of the mountains and a passion for sustainability. This interest in sustainability inspired him to join Team Sunergy in the fall of 2016 . Now a graduate student working towards a Masters in Engineering Physics, Austin is the electrical director and leads 15 students around the design and implementation of all electrical systems in the 2018 car. His favorite team memory is watching Apperion cross the finish line in the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix. Austin is actively seeking a job in the automation engineering field for when he finishes graduate school in May!

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Cody Waters - Mechanical Director

Masters in Engineering Physics '18
Pineville, NC

Cody decided to join Team Sunergy after hearing some of his physics classmates discuss the challenges they were working through on Apperion’s mechanical systems. At the time, he was looking for a tangible hands on project that could give him great experience before joining the workforce. Now working towards his masters degree in Engineering Physics, Cody is the mechanical director, a position he has held since May of 2017. He will be leaving the team after the spring 2018 semester, and is looking to find a career in the automation field. Before then, he hopes to see the successful completion of the car and aims to have zero mechanical failures at this years races.

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Kali Smith - Operations Director

Environmental Economics & Policy '19
Connelly Springs, NC

Kali is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Economics and Policy with a minor in Sustainable Technology. She joined the team in 2016 on accident, after being stopped at club fair. She quickly fell in love with the project and has worked with purchasing, sustainability, race logistics, team communication, and social media. Her proudest achievement is helping the team win the International Solar Car Federation Achievement Award. Upon graduation in December of 2019, Kali hopes to work in the business or sustainability department of a technology company.

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Diego Lewis - Business Director

Finance, Banking & Investment Major '18
Chapel Hill, NC

Diego has been the teams Business Director since May of 2017 and attended the 2017 FSGP. His favorite team memory was the time spent with his teammates driving to Texas for the race. At the competition, he was in charge of social media as well as taking pictures. When not busy contacting potential sponsors, Diego is working towards earning his undergraduate degree in Finance, Banking & Investment in the Walker College of Business.