Our Team

Executive Leadership Team

Graham Campbell

Team President

Graham Campbell is a junior 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 advancing the team towards the next decade of its operation. Outside of Eco Illini, Graham enjoys playing volleyball, eating good food, and hanging out with friends.

Justin Kao

Mechanical Lead/V.P.

Justin Kao is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering. As one of the mechanical leads, Justin is responsible for essentially everything on the car that is not carbon fiber, electronics, or the engine. He enjoys working very closely with all the mechanical 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


Michael Rhee is a senior 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 junior 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

Josh Lipman

Aerodynamics Lead

Josh Lipman is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. As the Aerodynamics Sub-Team Lead, he is responsible for managing air flow around the car. Specifically, he designs and simulates aerodynamic additions to the team’s current car and plans future car models with the goal of minimizing drag. In his free time, Josh enjoys playing golf and riding his bike. He is also a big Cubs fan. After graduation, he hopes to work in the transportation industry.

Josh Simpson-Gomez

Body Lead

Joshua Simpson-Gomez is a senior 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 junior studying Engineering Mechanics. As one of the mechanical leads, he is supporting any efforts Justin is leading, as well as focusing more of the engine this year. 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.

Leo Zhenn Zhe

Electronics Lead

Leo is a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering. He is in charge of the Electrical Sub-Team, which is responsible for the car’s electrical systems such as the electric motor, motor controller, and battery management system. Academically, his interests include control systems and industrial automation. In his free time, Leo enjoys climbing and tinkering with his personal projects.

David Messerschmidt

Drive-train Lead

David Messerschmidt is a Junior studying Computer Engineering. As the Engine Lead, he is responsible for anything that makes the car move, including the engine, electric motor, and transmission. In his free time, he likes to workout, play video games, and enjoy making tasty food. After getting his degree, David aims to help electrify the automotive market for a greener future.