The 2015-16 ChemE Car Executive Team: (left to right) Sushant Gadgil, Alex Chang, Makoto Lalwani, Nasir Merchant

Makoto Lalwani, president

I’m a 4th year ChemE major and EECS minor, with research interests in metabolic engineering. I joined ChemE Car as a freshman, and I’ve seen it grow from a small team competing one car a year to 50+ active members across 10 subteams. I’m also an officer of Tau Beta Pi, and my hobbies include cooking, weightlifting, photography, and competitive SSBM. Reach out to me if you have any questions about joining the team!

Alex Chang, vice president

I am a 4th year Chemical Engineering & Material Science and Engineering Joint major undergraduate student with strong interest in electronic materials and properties. I am the President of Chemical Engineering Consulting (ChEC), Vice President of Chem-E-Car, Vice President of American Institute of Chemical Engineering Berkeley Chapter (AIChE), and Senior Advisor of the Cal Environmental Team.

Sushant Gadgil, vice president

I am a 3rd year Joint Chemical Engineering & Material Science and Engineering Major with a background in electronic materials and materials synthesis. I joined Chem E Car as a Freshman and served as Treasurer last year. Outside of ChemE Car and class, I am an undergraduate researcher in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department researching low-energy transistors for next generation nonvolatile memory. I also enjoy cooking, biking, and travelling the world. Feel free to reach out to me about anything ChemE Car, science, or life related!

Nasir Merchant, treasurer
nasirjmerchant@berkeley.edu |

I’m a second year College of Chemistry undergrad born in Mountain View, CA, but raised in Overland Park, KS, so I call the Bay Area my home away from home. At Cal, I am treasurer of Chemical Engineering Consulting Group as well a member of AIChE and ESC. In my free time, I love to play soccer, watch the latest episodes of my favorite TV shows (Silicon Valley & House of Cards), and travel with my friends.

Project Leads

Sophia Chan, zinc air battery

I’m a third-year Chemical Engineering undergrad currently facing the wrath of ChemE upper-divs. This is my second semester in ChemE car and my first semester as a team lead. I was on the battery team last spring and participated in chemical prep and the poster competition at the 2015 Western Regional Conference in Cal Poly Pomona. I’ve worked in the Radke Lab for 2 years and currently work in the McCloskey lab studying polymer electrolytes. In my spare time, I like to listen to trashy music and watch cat videos.

Chris Chiu, electrical
chris91728@berkeley.edu |

I am a third year Mechanical Engineering major with minor in Chemistry from Anchorage, Alaska. Currently interested in Hardware, Electrical and Thermal/Material Engineering. I am current working under professor Karl Hedrick on Peak and Shock of Tennis Racquets as well as various projects on Robots and Cars. My favorite sports are tennis, hockey, and cars. To get to know me, you got to know my hobbies. My hobbies are watching football, tennis, chilling with friends, and doing various dangerous experiments!

Jeffrey Kurohara, mechanical

Hi friends! I am a fourth year mechanical engineering major from Thousand Oaks, CA. I’m president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Berkeley, and I enjoy aerial photography and model aircraft. I like to get my hands dirty building things and taking them apart; for my research I design insect robots and drones. Outside of engineering, I do hip hop dance in AFX. If you like planes, robots, or dance, hit me up!

Andrew MacDonald, zinc-manganese dioxide battery

Hi, I’m Andrew MacDonald. I’m a second year ChemE. I’m from Marin county near San Francisco. This is my second year on the chemical engineering car team. Last year, I also worked on the alkaline battery. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing , music composition, kung fu, and playing super smash bros melee.

Jonathan Ngan, experimental clock

Hello! I’m a second year Chemical Engineering major from Santa Clara. I’ve been on ChemE Car for two years, and some other teams I’ve been on include the hydrogen fuel cell and the thermoelectric car. Some of my hobbies include watching movies, playing video games, and making my own games.

Sanya Sehgal, iodine clock

Hi! I'm a second year Chemical Engineering major from Fremont, CA and this is my second year on the ChemE Car team. I'm also a member of AIChE, Engineers without Borders, and Alpha Chi Sigma. the professional Chemistry Fraternity. Some of my hobbies include learning new things, going on spontaneous adventures, and sleeping.

McGregor Stadtmiller, aluminum air battery

I’m McGregor Stadtmiller and I’m currently a second year chemical engineering major at Cal. I’m from the south bay, near San Jose, where I went to a German International school and am fluent in German. Besides designing batteries and powering cars in my free time, I am also the president of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club at Berkeley and am passionate about martial arts in general.

Jingting Wu, iodine clock
jingting.wu@berkeley.edu |

Hi! I am a 4th year Chemical Engineer and I love semiconductors. I was born in China and currently, my home is St. Louis, MO but I have lived in San Diego as well. I love engaging in Berkeley’s engineering community and I hope to improve other people’s experiences here at Berkeley. Besides school, I enjoy eating, watching basketball and football, playing any sport recreationally, road trips to SoCal, dance (shoutout to AFX Dance :), and taking selfies.

Patrick Zhang, peroxide clock

Hi! I’m a second year Chemical Engineering major from San Jose. My favorite pastime is reading manga so let me know if you have any recommendations! I also enjoy going to Bridges, playing ping pong or tennis, and finding good food to eat.

Media Team

Jilian Cabornay, media coordinator
jilian.cabornay@berkeley.edu |

Hello! I’m a second year chemical engineering major born in the Philippines but raised in Walnut Creek (20 minutes from Berkeley). I am one of ChemE Car’s first media coordinators, and aside from keeping this website and our Facebook page up and running, I enjoy playing volleyball, watching tennis, drinking boba, and taking pictures! I am also involved in the Filipino community at Cal and PASAE (Pilipino Assoc. of Scientists, Architects, and Engineers). Fun fact: I designed one of the College of Chemistry geofilters on Snapchat! If you like any (or all) of the above, let’s be friends.

Michael Yang, media coordinator

Hi all! I'm currently a freshman chemical engineer, with a strong interest in design, nanotech, and origami! I originate from Cleveland, OH but have lived in San Diego, CA for most of my life. Hobbies of mine include origami, general crafts, photography, tango, reading manga/watching anime, and reading... so let me know if you'd like to talk about anything!