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Solar Car Team Adviser Ends Outstanding Tenure

Solar Car Team Adviser Ends Outstanding Tenure

Three years ago, the MIT Solar/Electric Vehicle team asked Kathleen Allen to become the team's next adviser. From her unusual initial qualifications of a having a fine knowledge of pianos, being a willing faculty member, and possessing a conveniently-located woodworking shop, she became a valuable member of the team.

Sadly, this summer's Sunrayce will mark the end of her tenure with the team. We would like Kathleen to gain public recognition for her profound effect on our organization.

Kathleen has been a model of the optimal adviser. Serving as ombudsman, coordinator, manager, leader, and friend, she has instilled the group with a new sense of direction and purpose. By forming relationships with contacts within and outside of MIT, Kathleen has earned the team unprecedented levels of external support. With her unique outlook, Kathleen has added a human dimension which complements the team's technical side.

Kathleen exceeds any standard of expectation of an adviser. While some faculty may be content to attend meetings, spout advice, and proclaim lofty goals, Kathleen enjoys being covered with epoxy in the middle of an all-night composite lay up. Kathleen is careful to allow the team as much autonomy as possible, letting us learn the most from our mistakes and successes. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious, serving as a source of motivation for the entire team.

The team will continue without Kathleen as adviser. But, while her duties will be undertaken by others in the future, Kathleen Allen can never be replaced.

Goro Tamai G

Milton D. Wong '96

Wandy Sae-Tan '97

David G. Leip G

D. Karl Critz '96

Professor J. Kim Vandiver PhD '75

and others

MIT Solar/Electric Vehicle Team