Cal Poly Solar Regatta Club Wins Award

Four members of the regatta team

The Cal Poly Solar Regatta Club took home several awards during the Solar Regatta annual competition hosted by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). 

Members Niko Banks, a March 2022 bachelor’s and master’s degree graduate in mechanical engineering; Emerson Nicholas and Cooper Nichols, both first year mechanical engineering students; and Kaveh Shafiei, first year electrical engineering student, took home 2nd place overall and individual awards for fastest slalom time, best drivetrain and best presentation.

In 2019-2020, two ME senior project teams developed a boat and solar-powered propulsion system to enter the competition for the first time. After the competition was cancelled due to COVID-19, a senior project team in 2020-2021 developed a solar tracking system as an additional feature, before the 2021 competition was cancelled as well.  This year, Banks, one of the original team members, pulled together a new team of students to finalize the boat and prep it for this year’s competition.


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