The team


Team Polar started in 2019 with six students after the initiator, Wilco van Rooijen, brought the project to Einhoven University of Technology. After a year of hard work, the team came to several conclusions about the vehicle, the most important one being that doing sustainable, autonomous research on Antarctica is feasible.


In 2020-2021, the team has grown rapidly to eleven highly motivated with three different nationalities and eight different bachelors/masters; leading to an extremely diverse and motivated environment in which innovation is constantly happening.


In 2021-2022, some members left but we gathered many more, expanding the team's efectiveness to 17, bringing even more diversity to the mix.


This year of 2022-2023, we have grown to a massive 27 members and have thereby become one of the largest teams on the TU/e campus. Being 80% international and representing ten different faculties at the university, we can truly call ourselves a multidisciplinary team.

Current members

Team Manager

Laurenz Edelmann 

Applied Physics

Marketing Manager

Nikolett Marton

Electrical Engineering

Powertrain Subteam Manager

Isle Mateman

Mechanical Engineering

Software Engineer

Horea Breazu 

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Software Engineer

Mara Pop

Computer Science

Software Engineer

Sagar Nakil

Mechanical Engineering

Solar Engineer

Tim van Schaik

Applied Physics

Secretary

Lucian Radulescu 

Computer Science

Solar Energy Subteam Manager

Jord Sieben 

Applied Physics

Powertrain Engineer

Agnes Vulpescu

Computer Science

Chassis Engineer

Ignacio Becerra

Mechanical Engineering

Marketing Specialist

Margarita Petrova

Data Science

Powertrain Subteam Manager

Siddarth Mahadevan

Mechanical Engineering

Marketing Specialist

Tirtha Kaloor

Automotive Engineering

Technical Manager

Leander D'Mello 

Automotive technology

Chassis Subteam Manager

Lianne Tuin 

Mechanical Engineering

Solar Engineer

Ana Majer

Mechanical Engineering

Business Specialist

Joel Fernandes

Automotive Engineering

Business Specialist

Mick Schüssel

Mechanical Engineering

Chassis Engineer

Simon Gerrits

Mechanical Engineering

Solar Engineer

Zabiollah Amiri

Electrical Engineering

Financial Manager

Emil Mitrindzhakov

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Subteam Manager

Thom Copier 

Automotive technology

Business Specialist

Febe Nadisa

Industrial Engineering

Software Engineer

Kajetan Knopp

Data Science and Artifical Intelligence

Powertrain Engineer

Palen D'Costa

Mechanical Engineering

Powertrain Engineer

Stephanie van Marion

Mechanical Engineering

Advisory board

Director of Dutch Polar Program

Dick van der Kroef 


Managing Director of Microcentrum

Bert-Jan Woertman


Expedition Leader Polar Regions

Florence Kuyper 


Chief Technology Officer - AntarctiQ

Johan Berte


Former Members

Team Manager

Ewout Hulscher 

Sustainable Innovation

Solar Energy

Jonathan Beiboer

Electrical Engineering

Autnomous Driving

Amin Mimoun Bourass

Electrical Engineering

External Affairs

Cameron Steyn

Sustainable Innovation

Technical Manager

Oscar Mannens 

Automotive technology

Solar Energy

Radu Barbulescu

Electrical Engineering

Navigation & Power Supply Engineer

Arthur Kernkamp 

Computer Science

Team manager & Overall Engineer

Thijs Wester

Mechanical Engineering

Financial Manager

Jet Rutten 

Sustainable Innovation

Business & Autonomous Driving

Niek Boksebeld

Electrical Engineering

Chassis & Navigation Engineer

Magnus Frankevoort 

Mechanical Engineering

Powertrain & Power Storage Engineer

Ognjen Misic 

Automotive Technology

Marketing

Ioana Stefanescu 

Industrial Design

Prototype Engineer

Marijn Nicolai 

Mechanical Engineering

Chassis Engineer

Carolina Vissers 

Mechanical Engineering

PR, External Affairs & Power Supply Engineer

Paulien Teuwen 

Industrial Design & Mechanical Engineering

Business

Brandon van Schaik 

Sustainable Energy Technology