Meet the Team

Team Leadership

Meet the executive and technical boards of USC Racing. These are the students who run the team and manage the individual subteams.

Maximilian Bui
Project Manager – Senior

As the team’s project manager and chief engineer, Max loves all things racecar. One of our fastest ever drivers and a familiar face at the workshop, Max hopes to lead this team to its best finish ever at FSAE California this year.

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Yash Salgaocar
Aerodynamics Lead - Senior

As Aerodynamics lead, Yash is in charge of optimizing the airflow over the car. A great guy to work with and committed to the team, he spends a lot of the time at the shop prepping our car and sharing his vast knowledge of aerodynamics with the rest of the team.

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Eric Hovanessian
Powertrain Lead - Senior

As Powertrain lead, Eric is responsible for making the car go vroom. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, Eric is always determined to harness as much power from the engine as he can, both in shop and behind the wheel.

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Shane Byrne-Slepicka
Vehicle Dynamics Lead - Junior

Determined to create the best driving platform, Shane is responsible for the suspension, steering, and wheels. An expert in the art of welding, Shane is highly skilled in design and manufacturing and is a vault of creative ideas.

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Vihan Krishnan
Composites Lead - Sophomore

An enthusiastic figure in the workshop, Vihan is always eager to help out. As Composites lead, Vihan is responsible for overseeing the manufacturing of the car's Aerodynamic package and developing our use of carbon fiber and other advanced materials.

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Dylan Cavaz
Frame and Body Lead - Junior

Dylan is always a friendly face in the workshop, and has been a crucial Chassis team member over the past two years. This year, he is responsible for the backbone of the car: the steel space-frame.

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Alex Ohanian
Electronics Lead - Senior

As the electronics lead, Alex is responsible for all the electrical components as well as data logging – crucial for the car’s development. Armed with a solid group of engineers, he is committed to making the most seamlessly integrated electronics package to date.

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Lawrence Breen
Crew Chief and Shop Manager - Junior

As the team’s Crew Chief and Shop Manager, Larry is responsible for ensuring that the shop is well-kept and safe, as well as planning team excursions, new member education, and providing general assistance both in and out of shop.

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Morgan Lu
Chief Financial Officer - Sophomore

As our Chief Financial Officer, Morgan is responsible for managing the team's inflow and outflow of funds. Crucial in the development of any engineering team, Morgan oversees day-to-day expenditures with a keen eye and keeps a tight watch on the team's budget.

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Philip Camposano
President - Sophomore

President of the USC FSAE Racing team, Philip is responsible for all relations with our sponsors and our social media presence. Not only is he passionate about business, Philip is also one of the team's main welders, responsible for manufacturing our steel tube frame. He loves spending his time in the workshop and is one of the most creative and dedicated members on the team.

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Meet the advisors for USC Racing who oversee, guide, and mentor the team through engineering challenges.

Dr. Yann Staelens
Faculty Advisor

Yann is a Ph.D. lecturer in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department. He advises the team on technical matters and also teaches the 1-unit FSAE elective that runs each semester.

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Rodney Yates
Technician Advisor

Rod is the team’s go-to for any manufacturing challenge. His vast knowledge base and experience has been one of the best learning sources for the team for many years.

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