My name is Giulia, I’m 21 years old and I’m an aerospace engineering student. This year, I’m part of the Vehicle Dynamics department, where I work together with five other fellow solar boaters. Within my department, I work closely with Gijs on the drivetrain and I am responsible for the cooling system, which as everything this solar boat year, is bigger and more complex. My goal for this year is to deliver the most efficient drivetrain as possible and to design a well-integrated and reliable cooling system that allows the powertrain to work smoothly.
Since I joined this team, a lot of people ask me what do boats have to do with aerospace engineering. In many aspects, aerospace vehicles and boats behave in the same manner. This is one of the reasons why I joined this team, namely to explore how broad the knowledge I acquired throughout my studies can be and if it can actually be applied in real life.
As I love to challenge myself, this year’s goal to go offshore was another of the driving factors that made me want to be part of this amazing team. The thought of designing and building such an ambitious vehicle, which is quite different from previous models and with a different goal, was extremely fascinating. With this new design, we will prove that sustainable off shore sailing is possible.