Our Team

Executive Leadership Team

Stefan Kamzol

Team President

Stefan Kamzol is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering. As the team President, he is the external face representing our organization and is responsible administrative and technical oversight of team projects as well as coordinating recruitment efforts, training members and leads, and generally advancing the team towards the next decade of its operation. Outside of Eco Illini, Stefan enjoys organizing and playing ultimate frisbee games, going for bikes rides & long drives, and hanging out with friends.

Justin Kao

Team Captain

Justin Kao is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. As the Captain, Justin is responsible for both the technical vehicle design/fabrication and team administratively as well. He enjoys working very closely with all leadership members. Justin likes to skateboard, fly drones, workout, and listen to music. After his studies, Justin wishes to enter the space exploration industry.

Michael Rhee

Treasurer

Michael Rhee is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering. As the Treasurer, he is responsible for managing the team’s finances, diversifying funds for each sub team, and helping source funding for the team’s projects. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and hiking. After his studies, Michael hopes to find a career in maintenance and reliability engineering.

Bruno Funez

Safety Officer

Bruno Funez is a sophomore in mechanical engineering. He is the team’s Safety Officer and is tasked with making sure we are following safety protocols in the ESPL and doing our best to improve safety on our team. In his free time, he likes to go on trips and play board games with friends, listen to music, and catch up on shows with his sister.

Sub-Team Leads


Hadi Chouhdry

Aerodynamics Lead

Hadi Chouhdry is a junior who recently transferred into Engineering Mechanics. As the Aerodynamics Sub-Team Lead, he is responsible responsible for managing air flow around the car. Specifically, he simulates and designs our carbon fiber monocoque, optimizing and refining the design for the lowest drag force and drag coefficient possible. In his free time, Hadi likes to read about aviation while he works his way towards his Private Pilot’s Certification. After his studies, Hadi wishes to work within the propulsion sector of the Aerospace industry, with a long term goal of being an Airline Transport Pilot.

Josh Simpson-Gomez

Body Lead

Joshua Simpson-Gomez is a junior studying Materials Science and Engineering. As the body sub team lead, he is responsible for anything to do with the body of the car, but mainly the manufacture of carbon fiber composites pieces that make up the car. In his free time he likes to wheel throw. After his studies he wants to go into one of the hard materials engineering fields.

Luke Markuson

Mechanical Lead

Luke Markuson is a sophomore studying Engineering Mechanics. As the Mechanical Sub-Team Lead, he is responsible for managing the biggest subteam in the organization; he manages the mechanical team and oversees all mechanical systems of the car. In his free time, he likes working on his 68 Mustang and various tinkering. After his studies, Luke wishes to serve in the Peace Corps and pursue a career working to lower carbon emissions.

Owen Shin

Electronics Lead

Owen Shin is a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering. He is in charge of the Electrical Sub-Team, which handles the firmware and hardware of the car’s computer, motor controller, and battery management system. Academically, his interests include embedded systems and FPGAs. Outside of school, he shoots pool and distills spirits.