Introducing Josh


Josh Picking third-year Mechanical Engineering student only joined team ASCEND a few months ago but in that short time has become an invaluable member of the team. Concentrating on developing the interior of the car, Josh has had a huge impact on the final success of the build.

What is your role on the team, what have you literally been doing recently?

I am a third-year Mechanical Engineering student. I have been developing carbon fibre interior components and helping work on the intake and ventilation system too. This has been amongst developing my carbon fibre layup skills and helping test etc.

What is exciting about the project? What have you learned so far?

This project appeals to my inner car fanatic and it allows me to put my learning into real-world projects. I have learnt so much in the way of rapid prototyping and making my own carbon fibre and also so much in the electric vehicle world

What would you like to get out of the Ascend Solar Car Project?

Besides lap driving, I want to get the experience of a concept to testing to real-world use. I want the experience of seeing something of this level go from start to finish.

Why did you want to join the team?

I was welcomed by kind and helpful people who encouraged me to further my knowledge and strive for perfection. I was also invited to do this on a project that appealed to me.

What do you love about the team?

The team is there to acknowledge my victories and help me with my challenges.

What are some of the challenges you have faced working on the project?

Working amongst uni and life and doing these jobs in a varying environment where some things just need to be done quicker than others.

What is your top highlight from your time on the team?

Being able to say I have driven a concept solar car on an oval track and being able to look at the car and say I’ve contributed.

What are you most looking forward to about taking part in the WSC?

I’m looking forward to being put right out of my normal life and meeting so many amazing teams from around the world.

What is your biggest concern about taking part in the WSC?

The fact that one day could be sunny and great for the car but the next could be cloudy and rough. The solar challenge is a race that is never the same as the previous year’s.