Dartmouth Formula Racing

The Team

The team, pictured at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.



Mechanical Lead: Alex Newman

Alex Newman joined the team his freshman year, during which he designed the bodywork as a technical lead. When not working on DFR, Alex can be found mountain-biking, playing hockey on Dartmouth's Occom Pond, practicing piano, or rewatching old TopGear episodes. He studies Engineering at Thayer and is the chassis project lead for 2016-2017.

Administrative Lead: Shaun Sengupta

Shaun Sengupta hails from Secaucus, New Jersey and is studying engineering controls and will be completing his 5th year B.E. in 2018. In addition to his role as Project Manager, he is conducting a three-term independent study to design and implement the Hybrid Motor Controller. Shaun is a huge BMW and Tesla fan, considered 0-60 times more than 4.2 to be slow, can cook 30 minute brownies in 20 minutes, and is a professional procrastinator by trade.

Electrical Lead: Erik Loscalzo

Some call him Erik, but since it seems almost everyone at the Thayer School of Engineering has the name "Erik", he's also called the "jank master". Erik Loscalzo is known for getting just about anything to work using parts he finds laying around in Allyn Large Frame Lab, the team workshop. Erik is passionate about electrical engineering and is pursuing a B.E. at the Thayer School of Engineering.



Project Leads

Thomas Cornew

Thomas Cornew is a junior studying mechanical engineering. His interest in cars was sparked in high school when he completely restored a 1965 Ford Mustang. Being from California, Thomas loves longboarding almost as much as he loves driving. He is excited for the 2016-2017 Formula Hybrid season and finally having a chassis that he actually fits in comfortably. He is the drivetrain project lead for 2016-2017.

Leina McDermott

Leina McDermott is from Kirkland, Washington and studies engineering at Thayer. When not pulling all-nighter Solidworks marathons in the Thayer CAD lab, Leina can be found either working in the machine shop, working out, or watching Grey's Anatomy. She joined DFR at the end of her freshman year, helping to construct the bodywork. She is the suspension project lead for 2016-2017.

Jake Herman

Jake Herman is from Marblehead, MA and is a sophomore studying electrical engineering and computer science. His favorite projects involve microcontrollers or sophisticated backend systems. Other interests include skiing, surfing, mountain biking, or anything else that involves going fast. This year, he’s leading the grounded low voltage system team.

Andrew Shuffer

Andrew Shuffer, known in DFR circles as "Shuffer", is from Cleveland, Ohio and studies engineering at Thayer. He has been building things ever since he was 4, and hasn’t stopped. When he first joined the team, he helped troubleshoot the car’s battery management system and wired in a new one for the 2015 car. He is the electric powertrain project lead for 2016-2017.


Finances & Documentation

John Stahel

John Stahel is a junior studying Economics and Engineering. He is a big fan of Taco Tuesdays, addressing everyone as "y'all", and making controversial fashion choices. John's charming personality and big smile landed him the position of DFR Treasurer for 2016-2017.