In any project undertaken at PI, the primary objective is to educate the students and make them better prepared to enter the professional job market in the UAE. The nature of the solar car program and its size and complexity make it unique in that it teaches students how projects are executed in the real world.
The multidisciplinary nature of the technologies, project management, procurement, and finance are components that students are exposed to and must master in order to achieve the goals of the project. The entire design, fabrication, testing, and racing are completed in less than fourteen months.
PI began the planning phases in April 2013 and assembled a team of faculty and students to begin the design in August 2013. The project is managed internally by Dr. Fahad Almaskari who serves as the Faculty Director and coordinates the various integrated components. As stated earlier, an important aspect of this program is the education of the students.