Who We Are
Building a vehicle in two years take a momentous task, one that can only be completed through hard work, perseverance, and a passion for the task at hand.
In order to change the paradigm of transportation, we have to show the world that solar-powered vehicles are the future of mobility. Through our outreach efforts, PrISUm hopes to inspire future and current generations to build and drive vehicles like the ones we create.
No one knows what the future holds. Here at PrISUm, we hope to redefine what clean transportation stands for.
Since we are full-time college students, we here at PrISUm think it is important to show younger generations the importance of education. By connecting what we have learned in the classroom to a real-life problem, we hope to encourage students to challenge what they think is possible and pursue new answers through education.
As a non-profit organization, our ambitious goal of changing the paradigm of transportation is only possible through the help from our local community. Our open door policy allows any of our neighbors to drop by and check out what PrISUm is up to.
Where We're From
The business division deals with the team's fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. Regardless of how much work the members of the team put into designing a car, it would be impossible to build without the funds to do so. Since PrISUm is a non-profit organization and relies solely on our partners, it is one of the functions of the business division to be continually building connections and reaching out to new companies. PrISUm works to build and maintain our public image. The business division works to ensure that the team maintains a sense of professionalism aligned with our values and mission. Additionally, outreach is another main purpose of the business division. At outreach events throughout the state of Iowa, team members educate the community about renewable energy and the future of transportation. Visit the outreach page to learn more!
Dr. Emmanuel Agba
Senior Lecturer - Mechanical EngineeringIn 2010, Emmanuel Agba accepted an invitation to travel with the solar car team to the 2010 American Solar Challenge, and immediately after the race, he was invited to join the team as a faculty advisor. Emmanuel Agba has an academic background in design and manufacturing, professional experience in the industry (including more than 8 years in the automobile industry), several years of teaching experience, and personal interest in alternative sources of energy. “As I look back over the past years and months that I have worked with the club, I see my involvement in the 2010 ASC as great learning experience and a crash course on everything solar car,” says Emmanuel. Emmanuel is a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and teaches design and manufacturing classes. He consults with Iowa State’s Center for Industrial Research (CIRAS) in the summer months and conducts research in industrial automation, computer-aided engineering, and powder-based metal additive machining.
Dr. David Ringholz
Associate Professor and Department Chair - Industrial DesignDavid Ringholz is a long time industrial designer and design educator. He has extensive experience in design process, human factors, and limited-production manufacturing. Currently, he is exploring psychoacoustics and the role of sound in improving products and performance. David came to Iowa State in 2010 and immediately volunteered to be an adviser to PrISUm to establish a bridge between design and engineering. “After several cross-country trips with PrISUm, I am still astonished by what this student run club is capable of. The value of their experience extends far beyond alternative energy optimization. They are cultivating skills that will distinguish them as leaders in their fields. They deserve so much support and recognition than they are given! I am committed to helping them in any way that I can,” says David.