One of the reasons for joining the Formula Electric Belgium team was to learn things you just can’t learn in university. Not only the realization of components that need to work perfectly in tandem with each other and can be safety-critical but also how to work in a multidisciplinary team and how to use all of the soft skills that are involved with this. This is really important further down the road in your professional career. The things we did learn at the university can now be put into practice to gain some hands-on experience. I like to do things with my hands and not just only calculate numbers that others have to use to build something.

I always have been passionate about how things work. As a child, I spent much time tearing down electronic toys to the bare components. Using, for example, a motor from these toys, I would build a toy aircraft using Lego building blocks with a real spinning propeller. That’s one of the reasons why I have chosen to join the electronics team.

This year, I will be responsible for the data interfaces in the new electric car and the car that gets a driverless conversion. I will work on the telemetry, datalogger and dashboard of both cars and I will help create a sacrificial driverless test platform.

Pieter-Jan Buntinx

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