Tuesday, 14 February 2012

History of the Project

Hello Everyone!

I’m glad to be writing my first blog post for QFCT; I’m sure more will come in the future. As was touched on last week, the team is a group of organized engineering and commerce students driving toward a common goal. This goal is of course, to create the world’s first fuel cell powered snowmobile!

Let’s dive into the history of this project as a whole; I’ll try my best to give the most accurate rendition from my point of view. I joined the team in 2009; a couple of months after the project had started. The team was small and I was the first commerce student to join. We had acquired a snowmobile, which actually spurred the interest in starting this project. I heard that there were a few other ideas down the pipeline but we were determined – after receiving the snowmobile – to pursuit what is our current project today!

The cornerstone of this project was in research; most of the difficulties that we faced within the coming months rooted from this. After a year of this, we had hit the summer with high hopes of springing the project along very quickly. Fortunately, we had a strong team of four students working on the project and had high levels of success in these areas. This summer, in combination with our organizations restructuring has changed the team into what we are today. The snowmobile project is really a team defining project; we are basically designing our team around the project rather than the other way around!
At the start of this school year we made a very large push to expand and reorganize the team. This was a massive success; we now boast over 50 members and have a significant number of students who are not engineers who have shown interest in the team.

Through the initial research and the recent restructuring of our team; we are gearing up to have an awesome close to the second part of this school year!

Till Next Time

Mark Lukas
Commerce 2013
Sponsorship Manager
Queen’s Fuel Cell Team

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