Copyright Cal Poly Prototype Vehicles Laboratory 2015-2018


PROVE Lab is a multi-disciplinary team of students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We have over 70 students from 11 different majors, drawing on talent from freshman to graduate level. The engineering team is complemented by business/marketing, media, and education teams to form a cohesive whole.


Working with faculty adviser and legendary solar car designer Dr. Graham Doig, the team is mentored by professionals from some of Silicon Valley's biggest companies. PROVE Lab is currently hard at work refining our design, number-crunching the aerodynamics, and strengthening our industry parternships.

The Electrical Team is responsible for the solar array - its design and corresponding circuitry.  This team works to design the car’s electronics, tackling the unique challenge of an electrical system with no batteries or stable power generation.  Electrical also works with Mechanical on the vehicle’s control system and driveability.


The Mechanical Team is responsible for all the internal mechanical components of the car.  Mechanical designs suspension, steering, braking systems, and the cockpit interior.  This team also works with the Electrical Team on the selection of drive motors and tires for wheel design.  Mechanical works closely with Structures and Aerodynamics to insure that the car functions as a cohesive system.​


The Structures Team works to create a carbon fiber composite structure able to support the car in regular operation as well as protect the driver in the event of a collision.  Structures also designs internal systems to attach mechanical components to the main car.  This team is responsible for formalizing construction techniques and maintaining safety documentation.


The Aerodynamics Team works on the design, simulation, and testing of the aerodynamic body of the vehicle.  This team is responsible for designing and optimizing all aspects of the outer features of the car.  Aero uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in conjunction with real-world testing to accomplish this task.  The Aero team also designs and builds the wind tunnel model and will be spearheading the only full industry-styled aerodynamic design process on Cal Poly’s Campus.



Meet The Team

Will Sutton

Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA

Thomas Rohrbach

Hometown: Oakland, CA

David Alexander

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Kirwan Bonifas

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Lacey Davis

Hometown: Salinas, CA

Nick Nguyen

Hometown: Sammamish, WA

Natalia Cieply

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

George Luebkeman

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

Dominic Lunde

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Hector Molina

Hometown: Camarillo, CA

Robbie Plafker

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Ellery Curran

Hometown: Folsom, CA

Joey Hammond

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Roger Dorris

Hometown: San Ramon, CA


Hometown: Petaluma, CA

Spencer Grenley

Hometown: San Ramon, CA

Brian Menard

Hometown: Saratoga, CA