A ‘Welcome’ and ‘Good Luck, Team!’
On June 22, Appalachian’s solar vehicle team (SVT), Team Sunergy, unveiled its second solar car. ROSE — an acronym for Running on Solar Energy — is a two-passenger Cruiser Class car built for practicality and comfort and adaptable to the road as an energy-smart transportation alternative.
I’ll be joining the team and ROSE at the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP), which begins July 6. This year the FSGP, the qualifying race for the American Solar Challenge (ASC), takes place in my home state of Nebraska. I look forward to celebrating the team’s accomplishments with them and sharing a few Nebraska customs. You can follow the team as they compete over the course of this month, culminating in a 1,700-mile race across part of the Oregon Trail.
This student-led team is an outstanding example of our university’s commitment to sustainability, undergraduate research, multidisciplinary collaboration and the resourcefulness and ingenuity of our Mountaineers! The team designed and built this car from the ground up and has been lauded by peers and partners for hard work, innovation and perseverance.
Congratulations to Team Sunergy — and all of the faculty, staff, community partners and supporters who are helping these extraordinary student leaders as they change the model of efficient transportation.
Among others, legal counsel has been a valuable asset for Team Sunergy. Our new university general counsel, Paul Meggett, has seamlessly begun his work here and is eager to meet the Appalachian Community. Please join me in wishing Paul a warm welcome. He is an important addition to Appalachian’s leadership team and we are very glad to have him.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor