Hi! My name is Martin Majkut and I am one of this year’s co-captains! I am a junior studying Mechanical Engineering and I am really excited for this year’s competition! I joined the Tufts Electric Racing Team my freshmen year and fell in love with designing and competing against other schools. Unfortunately, during the past two years, we have not been as successful as we were when we won first place three years ago. So, my goal as a co-captain is to get back to our winning ways, and so far, we are making great progress toward becoming a successful team once again. Outside of the Electric Racing Team, I am also the Mechanical Specialist of the Tufts Robotics Club, a member of the Tufts Engineering Student Council as well as a STEM Ambassador and a BEST Scholar.
Hi! My name is Abey Klotz and I am a junior Chemical Engineering major and Engineering Management minor. I joined Tufts Electric Racing during Freshman year and am now one of the co-captains! I have mostly worked on suspension, but I am excited to learn more about and take responsibility for the whole car this year. Although my primary interest is Chemical Engineering, I have loved learning about engineering from the mechanical perspective. I’m from California, and outside of school I love surfing, hiking, horseback riding, and many other outdoor activities.
Hi! I’m Paul Gelhaus, a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I’m a lifelong car enthusiast and joined the team my freshman year. My focus in the past has been developing the suspension and driver controls. I look forward to putting forth our best effort this year and leading the team to victory. Outside of the racing team, I’m a captain of the men’s varsity crew team. I enjoy golfing and great food.
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Messner joined Tufts School of Engineering in 2012 after more than 19 years at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. There he held courtesy appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Robotics Institute. While at Carnegie Mellon, he co-developed the web-based tutorials for the popular software packages MATLAB® and Simulink®. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and the ASME and a winner the Education Award from ASME's Dynamic Systems and Controls Division. He also received the EDUCOM Medal, which recognized his outstanding contributions to improving undergraduate education through information technology.