My responsibility this year is the design and production of the hydrofoils. Wings were covered to some extend in my Mechanical Engineering studies, but this year requires a much more thorough study to make a proper hydrofoil design. For me, the fact that your design choices have a significant effect on your project and results is one of the beauties of participating in a dream team. Your project might suffer from delays or may even come to a complete stop because of your design choices. During my Bachelor studies, one could often get away with it if a project failed, but with a dream team this is not the case. Learning how to cope with these responsibilities is a really valuable experience and asset in my opinion.
The Solar Boat Team appealed to me mainly because of its professional appearance and way of working. Some teams I visited were still dealing with some organizational teething problems. The other team that are also well organised were often too big for me, and that is the second reason I choose for the Solar Boat Team: big enough to be able to deliver a big project, but not of the size that you can’t get to know all your team mates very well. Ultimately, closing the year with a new group of friends is another goal for me this year.