Management

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Nicola Sanders

Nicola Sanders

Team Manager

Ever since I was a kid, I have been interested in cars and motorcycles. This is one of the reasons I joined Formula Electric Belgium. Being able to see a race car come to life from scratch is a dream come true. Furthermore, the project gives me the opportunity to improve my soft skills and learn how to manage a business.

Seeing an entire team striving for perfection, working hard to create the car they have been dreaming of for an entire year or even longer. That’s what makes Formula Electric Belgium special and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team.

If I find any spare time, I love to take my motorcycle out for a spin, meet up with friends or just have some fun with the team.

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Lorenz Van Damme

Lorenz Van Damme

Chief Engineer: Electronics and Controls

As an aspiring engineer, I like the challenge that the Formula Electric Belgium team sets. Not only on a technical level but also when it comes to developing soft skills and working in a team where we the students have to take care of every aspect of managing a team ourselves. The fact that this can be combined with working towards a more sustainable tomorrow only makes it more exciting.
In the team, I am responsible for the electronics and driverless departments. Here I make sure the electronics of the car find the balance between reliability and being at the forefront of technology. While in the driverless department I try to oversee the work being done there, as we try to mount the challenge of building a driverless car for the very first time.
If there is some free time I like to golf or spend it with friends, having a laugh somewhere around Leuven.

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Pauwel Coenen

Pauwel Coenen

Chief Engineer: Mechanics

I’ve always had a huge interest in motorsports, especially in its innovations. Now I can work with Formula Electric Belgium on our self-made race car. It’ll be hard work, but the motivation is there! To attend the competitions in the summer with our own car is a great foresight. I’m looking forward to acquiring a lot of experience as an engineer together with the whole team.
As Chief Engineer Mechanics, I am responsible for everything of mechanics in the team. I will also be working on the cooling. I’d like to get the team motivated to bring new innovations to the car, on the condition they’re reliable.
On the cooling side, I’ll be implementing optimizations on the acquired data. The main goal of this is to make it as efficient as possible.
In my free time, I’m an archer. If time allows it, I’d also like to go climbing.

Pawandeep Singh

Pawandeep Singh

Head of Marketing

Since the age of 10 years, I wanted to be an engineer in mobility, who could research on innovating technologies. The motivation and the perseverance of the members of Formula Electric Belgium pulled me towards the team. My strength lies in my passion for engineering and love for cars. Formula Electric Belgium combines both to form a platform for students such as myself.

As Head of Marketing, I get to tell our story to the public and our partners. My goals are to motivate the public to take steps towards a sustainable future, we need to create a future for generations to come. We at Formula Electric Belgium cannot achieve these goals alone, therefore we have partners who support us. My function is to make sure that our partners are satisfied with the progress of the team.

In my free time, I look for sports opportunities, such as playing table tennis with friends, going to the gym and going to my karate classes.

Electronics

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Lorenz Van Damme

Lorenz Van Damme

Chief Engineer: Electronics and Controls

As an aspiring engineer, I like the challenge that the Formula Electric Belgium team sets. Not only on a technical level but also when it comes to developing soft skills and working in a team where we the students have to take care of every aspect of managing a team ourselves. The fact that this can be combined with working towards a more sustainable tomorrow only makes it more exciting.
In the team, I am responsible for the electronics and driverless departments. Here I make sure the electronics of the car find the balance between reliability and being at the forefront of technology. While in the driverless department I try to oversee the work being done there, as we try to mount the challenge of building a driverless car for the very first time.
If there is some free time I like to golf or spend it with friends, having a laugh somewhere around Leuven.

Wouter Burns

Wouter Burns

Low voltage

I’m no car guy, so what should I be doing in a racing team? I really wanted to apply everything I’ve learned in the past few years in a worthwhile project. Formula Electric Belgium is the perfect opportunity for that, as we develop and test sustainable technologies for the future. The thrill of seeing a last year’s car drive and do well at the Formula Student competitions during the summer only motivated me more to take part in this project.

This year I will be working on improving the reliability of the electronics inside the car. Most of the time, however, I’ll be spending in the driverless department, as we take on the challenge of building an autonomous racecar. There I’ll be making sure the car receives all the information it needs about the state of the car and I’ll work on the controls of the brake, throttle and steering system.

I spend the few moments of free time with my friends, making sure I still enjoy my years as a student.

Willem Temmerman

Willem Temmerman

IMU

When I decided to become an engineer, I chose to do so because I wanted to use science for real-life application. When I heard about Formula Electric Belgium in my first year, I already got enthusiastic. During my studies, I even more liked the idea of applying everything I learned. I think the team offers a great opportunity to do so and at the same time learn me a lot of soft skills and give me more experience.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing board games or reading.

Pieter-Jan Buntinx

Pieter-Jan Buntinx

Data Interfaces

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.

Driverless

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Lorenz Van Damme

Lorenz Van Damme

Chief Engineer: Electronics and Controls

As an aspiring engineer, I like the challenge that the Formula Electric Belgium team sets. Not only on a technical level but also when it comes to developing soft skills and working in a team where we the students have to take care of every aspect of managing a team ourselves. The fact that this can be combined with working towards a more sustainable tomorrow only makes it more exciting.
In the team, I am responsible for the electronics and driverless departments. Here I make sure the electronics of the car find the balance between reliability and being at the forefront of technology. While in the driverless department I try to oversee the work being done there, as we try to mount the challenge of building a driverless car for the very first time.
If there is some free time I like to golf or spend it with friends, having a laugh somewhere around Leuven.

Wouter Burns

Wouter Burns

Low voltage

I’m no car guy, so what should I be doing in a racing team? I really wanted to apply everything I’ve learned in the past few years in a worthwhile project. Formula Electric Belgium is the perfect opportunity for that, as we develop and test sustainable technologies for the future. The thrill of seeing a last year’s car drive and do well at the Formula Student competitions during the summer only motivated me more to take part in this project.

This year I will be working on improving the reliability of the electronics inside the car. Most of the time, however, I’ll be spending in the driverless department, as we take on the challenge of building an autonomous racecar. There I’ll be making sure the car receives all the information it needs about the state of the car and I’ll work on the controls of the brake, throttle and steering system.

I spend the few moments of free time with my friends, making sure I still enjoy my years as a student.

Willem Temmerman

Willem Temmerman

IMU

When I decided to become an engineer, I chose to do so because I wanted to use science for real-life application. When I heard about Formula Electric Belgium in my first year, I already got enthusiastic. During my studies, I even more liked the idea of applying everything I learned. I think the team offers a great opportunity to do so and at the same time learn me a lot of soft skills and give me more experience.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing board games or reading.

Ward Vervoort

Ward Vervoort

Perception

I joined Formula Electric because the team gives me the opportunity to improve my professional skills with practical experience while also giving me a very interesting subject to work on. Another big motivator for me is the competitive nature of the project, along with a great team to work with. I think it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on a unique project like this.

Lately, my interests have shifted towards artificial intelligence, mainly computer vision. Right now I’m working with the cameras for our car so that it will be able to see its surroundings and drive autonomously. I really see an exciting future for this kind of technology.

Pieter-Jan Buntinx

Pieter-Jan Buntinx

Data Interfaces

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.

Wouter Heerwegh

Wouter Heerwegh

Thesis: SLAM

As a Formula 1 enthusiast, I’m thrilled to be able to join Formula Electric Belgium. Combined with my passion for AI and autonomous systems, the driverless car is the ultimate challenge. Together with Samy van Vooren, I will be working on a thesis about our SLAM algorithm and the best implementation for it.

After working on a few basic robotics projects, I am ready to kick it up a notch and face all the challenges ahead of me.

Stephanie Lemmer

Stephanie Lemmer

Thesis: Zero backlash steering actuation

As a young girl I remember watching Formula 1 on Sundays with my family, this spurred my interest in cars. I have always been interested in anything that moves fast and loved fiddling with anything that could be tinkered with… hence why I chose Engineering! Being a part of the Formula Electric team is an incredible opportunity where I get to work in a fast-paced environment whilst constantly learning “real-world” applications of things that were taught in the Bachelor classes.

I think that one of the most exciting things of being a part of this team is watching everyone’s ideas come to life. Because of this, CAD software has always captured my attention.

This year, I am doing my thesis together with Sander Dedecker on developing a zero-backlash steering rack for the autonomous race car. This thesis allows us to be innovative and think outside the box. It will be an interesting challenge to start from scratch and I’m up for it!

In my free time (of which there isn’t much of in your Masters year), I enjoy listening to music or being outdoors. I’m always up for a road trip and I enjoy walking in the mountains. I love their natural energy and peacefulness.

Sander Dedecker

Sander Dedecker

Thesis: Zero backlash steering actuation

I have always been driven by the search for performance. Being part of Formula Electric Belgium is a unique experience in a team of passionate students, developing the next innovations in electric vehicles. Being able to do my thesis in a motorsport team allows me to learn and contribute to the automotive sector in a very involved manner.

This year, I am doing my thesis together with Stephanie Lemmer on developing a zero-backlash steering rack for the autonomous race car.

Samy Van Vooren

Samy Van Vooren

Thesis: SLAM

Together with Wouter Heerwegh, I am writing a thesis on SLAM (Simultaneous localization and mapping). Briefly explained, SLAM scans the environment using Lidar and builds a map of it. This algorithm will become very handy for the driverless car we are going to build this year.
My biggest passion is coding. I wrote my first “Hello world!” program in Java when I was 12 years old and since then I am hooked. I had some pretty big software projects during my studies but nothing compared to building a driverless car. Luckily, I love taking on a new challenge, so working on the first driverless car of Formula Electric Belgium is something I am really excited about. Together with this amazing bright-minded team, I hope to achieve greatness this summer at our first driverless competitions!

Besides all this nerdy stuff, I really love running and playing basketball. One day, I would love to build a program that combines my passion for software and basketball together.

Darina Abaffyova

Darina Abaffyova

Thesis: Boundary Estimation and MPCC

Even though cars have never really been included in my interests before, I am very eager to learn and gain new experience and what is a better way to do this than in a team of engaged students who share the same goal. As a master student of Electronics and ICT engineering, the challenge of building a self-driving formula appeals to me very much. It is great to be able to be part of an innovating team such as Formula Electric Belgium.

For my thesis, I am working together with Andrew Gordon on boundary estimation and model predictive contouring control, which is part of the driverless control of the car, more specifically its path tracking and path planning portion.

I spend a lot of time at the university or at my student job as a MATLAB programmer. If I get a bit of free time, I love to read and when the weather is good, a nice hike can always help me reset.

Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon

Thesis: Boundary Estimation and MPCC

An enthusiastic embedded software and hardware programmer who wanted to get into a car, then realised that being a student didn’t pay well enough to buy a car. Now hoping to at least get some code into it.

So, what is Boundary Estimation and MPCC?

Long version: Modelling the track, modelling the dynamics of the car and then using every bit of digital trickery we can implement to make sure the car model stays on the track model. People told me the engineering involved spending a lot of time with models, and I’ve been very disappointed to learn what they actually meant.

Short version: Trying to program a car not to drive into a wall.

As for myself, I maintain a wild and varied personal life, the details of which would be far too scandalous to put on paper…not really, I sit in a dark room and program all the time. Don’t tell anyone!

Powertrain

Ward Lenaerts

Ward Lenaerts

Drivetrain
Victor Nuttens

Victor Nuttens

Drivetrain

Be given the opportunity to spend all the time you have on something you truly like, is a wonderful thing. Upcoming year, this opportunity is given to me as I am responsible for the drivetrain of the new Formula Student car.
Infectious positive energy, maximum effort and insane motivation seen in all other team members are the true reasons this challenge is possible to complete in only nine months.

Bart Tyskens

Bart Tyskens

Drivetrain

Since my first year of studying at Group T I knew I wanted to join Formula Electric Belgium. The connection between theory and practice is something perfect for a graduating engineering student. On the other side, mechanics and technology is something that drives me. This year I get the chance to develop the drivetrain of the car together with Victor and Ward. Knowing that the car will not be able to compete when I make a mistake during the design/production process gives me a healthy dose of anxiety but at the same time, it is this will to perform that gets me moving in the morning to build an even better car than the team did last year.

In my spare time, I like to play the guitar, go for a run, do some machining,…

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Louisa Vantieghem

Louisa Vantieghem

Motors & Drives

The main motivation behind starting my studies in engineering was to be able to work with cars later because they have always fascinated me in a way. Combined with a love for electromagnetism and thus electrical motors, Formula Electric Belgium is the perfect opportunity for me to develop my practical skills and to be challenged by innovative technologies while working on what I like.
Furthermore, working in team is a great way to hone my soft skills and grow as a person to be ready for my job as an engineer.
This year I am responsible for the motors and drives of the car. Next to that, I’ll be working on the mechanical part of the emergency brake system of the driverless car.
To relax and stay fit, I like to go indoor wall climbing and running when I can find the time. Other things I enjoy are playing the banjo, drawing, and writing.

Robbe Van Gestel

Robbe Van Gestel

Thesis: Invertor Control

Since I was a kid, I was fascinated by everything that had wheels and engines.
Over the years this interest expanded to racing, Formule 1 and other racing categories.
At secondary school, I became more interested in mechanics and electricity.
When my studies continued, I became more fascinated by the team and the competition of Formula Electric Belgium. This interest grew when I visited the digital roll out of the car. In this presentation, I saw the new innovations and technologies that are used for cars to make them better and faster.
So my dream to work, build and develop a racecar is possible because of the opportunity that is given to me.

I combine my studies and thesis with regular based sports like kayaking, cycling and sometimes fitness.

Vehicle Dynamics

Wouter De Man

Wouter De Man

Controls

The first time I went to a racetrack I fell in love with motorsport and it became a dream of mine to one day be part of a team and to bring my contribution to making the car as fast as possible. Because of my interest in mechanics and motorsport, I started my studies to become an Automotive Engineer. Being part of Formula Electric Belgium was for me the greatest opportunity to make this childhood dream come true. I joined Formula Electric Belgium to bring my studies into practice and to grow further into the automotive world.

This year I will work on the vehicle dynamics controls which include designing algorithms for semi-active suspension and torque vectoring.

Following the motto “a healthy mind in a healthy body”, I can be found on my mountain bike from time to time.

John Herinckx

John Herinckx

Suspension

Ever since I was young I was captivated by cars and that interest has stuck with me until today, gradually learning more and more what goes into a car. That interest has grown today to an interest in car design, innovative technologies used in them and a passion for the entirety of the automotive industry. Consequently, this also includes an interest for the rise of electric cars and how they are developed.
Although I love the sound of a roaring V12 engine I do believe the future lies within electric cars. This is the reason why I joined Formula Electric Belgium, to experience firsthand what it is like to develop an electric race car.
This year I am part of the Chassis Departement and will be working on the new Suspension of the car. I will convert the current passive suspension system into a semi-active suspension system. Complementary to this function I am also part of Business Relations. Maintaining a healthy relation between current partners and looking out for potential new partners is part of my daily job.
In my spare time, I like to play the guitar and go to the gym. I also like to travel and explore little places in the world.

Ben Cardinaels

Ben Cardinaels

Suspension

Formula Electric Belgium is the reason I started with my engineer studies. In my final year, I did my thesis within the team about active aerodynamics. After this experience with the team, I wanted to get more involved and became a full-time team member. Formula Electric Belgium is not only useful to gain knowledge about cars but also to develop better soft skills.

This year I’m responsible for the hardpoints of the suspension. These points will be determined by simulations in Adams.

In my spare time, I play the guitar. The only sport I practice is the bike ride from and to our office.

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Gianni Claes

Gianni Claes

Controls

My interest in cars and technology is mainly the reason that I started my studies as an electromechanical engineer. So after getting to know what Formula Electric Belgium was all about, I immediately got motivated to be part of the team. Furthermore, this project is a great opportunity to improve my engineering skills and to learn how to work efficiently within a team. Those hard and soft skills will make me a better engineer and will be useful in my further career.
This year I will develop the control algorithm for the semi-active suspension system and assist with the composite manufacturing.

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Cedric Cuypers

Cedric Cuypers

Chassis

Formula Electric Belgium gives the opportunity to develop technical skills as well as soft skills. It is an excellent place to put your knowledge to practice and gain experience before entering the
professional world. But besides that, I also like working in a team, to archive a common goal together.
In my spare time I am a leader at the chiro and am a board member at our youth house Impuls.

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Natan Naert

Natan Naert

Controls

After 4 years of studying for my bachelor and master, I was tired of just absorbing information and not using it. That’s why I chose to join the Formula Electric Team and put my knowledge to the test. I think experience is as valuable as knowledge and this academic year I plan to gain a lot of experience with FEB. I will do the controls of the vehicle with Wouter De Man. We hope to improve the car handling by adding torque vectoring to our car.
In my spare time, I like to ride my MTB, swim and go for a jog.

Composites

Tom Verhaeghe

Tom Verhaeghe

Monocoque

I joined Formula Electric Belgium because it enables you to develop your practical engineering skills and it smoothes your soft skills in an environment filled with motivated students. Working on a racing car is like a childhood dream. This year I will be responsible for the monocoque design. The world of composites is entirely new for me, which makes it a nice challenge to keep on learning.
Besides Formula, I’m passionate about scouting and I go for a run or swimming once in a while.

Sander Mergan

Sander Mergan

Monocoque
Jens Vanraepenbusch

Jens Vanraepenbusch

Aerodynamics

The main reason why I started my studies in engineering is my passion for aerospace. During my studies, I came a lot in contact with the automotive industry as well and developed some interest in it. This year I get the chance to be in the aerodynamics and composites production departments. Being part of the team is an exceptional chance to improve my engineering skills. Furthermore, this project gives an opportunity to develop professional skills like soft skills, working in a team etc.
In my spare time, I love to go for a ride with my bike and do some other sports.

Femke Parthoens

Femke Parthoens

Aerodynamics

I’ve always known I wanted to be an engineer growing up. I wanted to know how big machines and installations work and how I could design them myself. As I grew older my interest seemed to be mostly for mechanical systems. And the most fascinating mechanical systems to me are cars. This is the main reason I wanted to work on an electrical race car within Formula Electric Belgium.

Besides this, I really liked the chance to join a team that puts in hard work to make their vision happen. Being able to do this is to me the very definition of being a successful engineer.

Viktor Valckenaers

Viktor Valckenaers

Thesis: S-Duct

Joining a racing team was a long-time dream of mine, so when I saw the opportunity to combine my thesis with working for Formula Electric Belgium, I did not hesitate and applied as fast as I could. Working on the R&D of the car is something I really look forward to and I really want to put all of my energy in. All of the aspects important in the design of a race car really interest me so I am eager to learn as much as I can.
For my future it is also important to learn to work together efficiently in a high-performance team, this project gives me the best opportunity to learn both.
In my spare time, I like to do some different sports like tennis, fitness, going for a quick run and sometimes a bit of karting.

Simon Stienaers

Simon Stienaers

Thesis: S-Duct

Ever since I was a kid in secondary school, I’ve always been interested in science, technology and engineering. I used to spend a lot of time browsing Wikipedia pages for the next interesting topic on science or technology. From this stems the dream that one day, I myself might be helping to improve technology.
Contrary to some other industrial engineers or industrial engineering students, I am captivated by more theoretical approaches. I think it’s amazing what technical developments you can come up with using nothing more than your brain and a PC for some additional computing power. But theory in itself is all good and well, but it needs to be put into a practical and achievable design. These reasons combined is why I’ll be doing my masters thesis in the field of R&D with Formula Electric Belgium, designing an S-duct for the racecar in order to improve aerodynamics. Here the goal is to have a complete design possible to implement in the racecar of one of the upcoming years.
In any of my spare time, I still occasionally enjoy a youtube video about science or tech, but I mostly enjoy spending my time keeping in touch with friends or practising my sport of choice: karate.

Marketing

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Nicola Sanders

Nicola Sanders

Team Manager

Ever since I was a kid, I have been interested in cars and motorcycles. This is one of the reasons I joined Formula Electric Belgium. Being able to see a race car come to life from scratch is a dream come true. Furthermore, the project gives me the opportunity to improve my soft skills and learn how to manage a business.

Seeing an entire team striving for perfection, working hard to create the car they have been dreaming of for an entire year or even longer. That’s what makes Formula Electric Belgium special and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team.

If I find any spare time, I love to take my motorcycle out for a spin, meet up with friends or just have some fun with the team.

Pawandeep Singh

Pawandeep Singh

Head of Marketing

Since the age of 10 years, I wanted to be an engineer in mobility, who could research on innovating technologies. The motivation and the perseverance of the members of Formula Electric Belgium pulled me towards the team. My strength lies in my passion for engineering and love for cars. Formula Electric Belgium combines both to form a platform for students such as myself.

As Head of Marketing, I get to tell our story to the public and our partners. My goals are to motivate the public to take steps towards a sustainable future, we need to create a future for generations to come. We at Formula Electric Belgium cannot achieve these goals alone, therefore we have partners who support us. My function is to make sure that our partners are satisfied with the progress of the team.

In my free time, I look for sports opportunities, such as playing table tennis with friends, going to the gym and going to my karate classes.

Lorenz Van Damme

Lorenz Van Damme

Website

As an aspiring engineer, I like the challenge that the Formula Electric Belgium team sets. Not only on a technical level but also when it comes to developing soft skills and working in a team where we the students have to take care of every aspect of managing a team ourselves. The fact that this can be combined with working towards a more sustainable tomorrow only makes it more exciting.
In the team, I am responsible for the electronics and driverless departments. Here I make sure the electronics of the car find the balance between reliability and being at the forefront of technology. While in the driverless department I try to oversee the work being done there, as we try to mount the challenge of building a driverless car for the very first time.
If there is some free time I like to golf or spend it with friends, having a laugh somewhere around Leuven.

Jens Vanraepenbusch

Jens Vanraepenbusch

STEM-classes

The main reason why I started my studies in engineering is my passion for aerospace. During my studies, I came a lot in contact with the automotive industry as well and developed some interest in it. This year I get the chance to be in the aerodynamics and composites production departments. Being part of the team is an exceptional chance to improve my engineering skills. Furthermore, this project gives an opportunity to develop professional skills like soft skills, working in a team etc.
In my spare time, I love to go for a ride with my bike and do some other sports.

Natan Naert

Natan Naert

Graphical Design

After 4 years of studying for my bachelor and master, I was tired of just absorbing information and not using it. That’s why I chose to join the Formula Electric Team and put my knowledge to the test. I think experience is as valuable as knowledge and this academic year I plan to gain a lot of experience with FEB. I will do the controls of the vehicle with Wouter De Man. We hope to improve the car handling by adding torque vectoring to our car.
In my spare time, I like to ride my MTB, swim and go for a jog.

Louisa Vantieghem

Louisa Vantieghem

Business plan

The main motivation behind starting my studies in engineering was to be able to work with cars later because they have always fascinated me in a way. Combined with a love for electromagnetism and thus electrical motors, Formula Electric Belgium is the perfect opportunity for me to develop my practical skills and to be challenged by innovative technologies while working on what I like.
Furthermore, working in team is a great way to hone my soft skills and grow as a person to be ready for my job as an engineer.
This year I am responsible for the motors and drives of the car. Next to that, I’ll be working on the mechanical part of the emergency brake system of the driverless car.
To relax and stay fit, I like to go indoor wall climbing and running when I can find the time. Other things I enjoy are playing the banjo, drawing, and writing.

Bart Tyskens

Bart Tyskens

Graphical Design

Since my first year of studying at Group T I knew I wanted to join Formula Electric Belgium. The connection between theory and practice is something perfect for a graduating engineering student. On the other side, mechanics and technology is something that drives me. This year I get the chance to develop the drivetrain of the car together with Victor and Ward. Knowing that the car will not be able to compete when I make a mistake during the design/production process gives me a healthy dose of anxiety but at the same time, it is this will to perform that gets me moving in the morning to build an even better car than the team did last year.

In my spare time, I like to play the guitar, go for a run, do some machining,…

Wouter Burns

Wouter Burns

Operations

I’m no car guy, so what should I be doing in a racing team? I really wanted to apply everything I’ve learned in the past few years in a worthwhile project. Formula Electric Belgium is the perfect opportunity for that, as we develop and test sustainable technologies for the future. The thrill of seeing a last year’s car drive and do well at the Formula Student competitions during the summer only motivated me more to take part in this project.

This year I will be working on improving the reliability of the electronics inside the car. Most of the time, however, I’ll be spending in the driverless department, as we take on the challenge of building an autonomous racecar. There I’ll be making sure the car receives all the information it needs about the state of the car and I’ll work on the controls of the brake, throttle and steering system.

I spend the few moments of free time with my friends, making sure I still enjoy my years as a student.

John Herinckx

John Herinckx

Business Relations

Ever since I was young I was captivated by cars and that interest has stuck with me until today, gradually learning more and more what goes into a car. That interest has grown today to an interest in car design, innovative technologies used in them and a passion for the entirety of the automotive industry. Consequently, this also includes an interest for the rise of electric cars and how they are developed.
Although I love the sound of a roaring V12 engine I do believe the future lies within electric cars. This is the reason why I joined Formula Electric Belgium, to experience firsthand what it is like to develop an electric race car.
This year I am part of the Chassis Departement and will be working on the new Suspension of the car. I will convert the current passive suspension system into a semi-active suspension system. Complementary to this function I am also part of Business Relations. Maintaining a healthy relation between current partners and looking out for potential new partners is part of my daily job.
In my spare time, I like to play the guitar and go to the gym. I also like to travel and explore little places in the world.

Femke Parthoens

Femke Parthoens

Business and Press relations

I’ve always known I wanted to be an engineer growing up. I wanted to know how big machines and installations work and how I could design them myself. As I grew older my interest seemed to be mostly for mechanical systems. And the most fascinating mechanical systems to me are cars. This is the main reason I wanted to work on an electrical race car within Formula Electric Belgium.

Besides this I really liked the chance to join a team that puts in hard work to make their vision happen. Being able to do this is to me the very definition of being a successful engineer.

Ben Cardinaels

Ben Cardinaels

Graphical Design

Formula Electric Belgium is the reason I started with my engineer studies. In my final year, I did my thesis within the team about active aerodynamics. After this experience with the team I wanted to get more involved and became a full time team member. Formula Electric Belgium is not only useful to gain knowledge about cars, but also to develop better soft skills.

This year I’m responsible for the hardpoints of the suspension. These points will be determined by simulations in Adams.

In my spare time I play guitar. The only sport I practice is the bike ride from and to our office.

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