TE engineer Rich Harmer reflects on working with the Andretti Formula E team, as he celebrates the conclusion of his six-month residency. And TE's new Resident Engineer Ishin Ueyama summarizes his transition to joining the Andretti team.
Enjoying summer in February is a good experience. One of the many nice aspects of Formula E is that they usually pick races in warm climates. In only a half-day trip, from Indianapolis to Buenos Aires, you can go from winter to summer. The trip down south was bittersweet for me. With a few extra suitcases in hand, it would be my last race and time with the team before heading back to the UK. My rotation as the TE Resident Engineer with Andretti Autosport and the Andretti Formula E Team has come to an end. As I write, I am back in the UK and have had the chance to reflect on the past six months. The day-to-day life as a member of a motorsports team goes equally as fast as the cars on the track. You do not have much time to really sit back and reflect.
I am thankful to have been part of the Andretti team. TE gave me an opportunity to expand my professional knowledge. And I am a better engineer because of it. This is a true partnership, because both organizations are gaining value. TE is providing new ideas and solutions so the Andretti team can improve and become faster. And the Andretti team is providing TE with the opportunity to test new products in the harsh environment of a race car. These products will eventually make their way into various industry and consumer applications. I am excited to see the existing projects continue.
It was also great for me and my wife to live in another country and experience a new culture. We have become fans of the Indianapolis Pacers basketball team! I am grateful to the Andretti team, who embraced me from day one and immediately made me feel part of the Andretti family. I will certainly miss you, and look forward to seeing you in July for the London race. As for me, I am happy to share that I am back with my TE family and I have taken on a new challenge: OEM sales engineer for one of our big automotive accounts – Jaguar Land Rover. The opportunity to support JLR and find new solutions is a great honor for me. I appreciate everyone who read my posts and shared in my journey with the team over the past few months. The future of the TE-Andretti partnership is very bright, as TE has chosen a great successor in Ishin Ueyama. I had a chance to spend some time with Ishin and I am confident that he will bring a lot of great value to the team and TE. Signing off as TE’s first Resident Engineer with Team Andretti. Cheers! Rich
Pursuing Innovation and Victory
Hello Everyone! Nice to “meet” you through this blog. My name is Ishin Ueyama and I’m excited to be here in Indianapolis with the Andretti team. My first few weeks with the team have been very hectic, but also exciting. At the end of January, we had a group from TE in town to discuss developments with Andretti Technologies, followed by the race in Buenos Aires. I have to thank Rich for helping me get acclimated to the role and bringing me up to speed on some of the new and existing projects. The exciting part is that I have already been contributing to the IndyCar side of the team with new sensor solutions. This includes a transmission pressure sensor to detect oil presence in the transmission, a more reliable and accurate gyro sensor and a gas tank fuel sensor system to better indicate the fuel stop point. These are fun projects for me to work on and I look forward to sharing more with you. これからも宜しくお願いします (See you next time.)
Facts about Ishin
- I am Japanese!
- I am a proud graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia. I was part of the Formula SAE team at Drexel so you can imagine how excited I am to be part of an actual Formula E team! During my senior year, I entered the Shell Eco Marathon Challenge with a solar car we designed and built from scratch. We placed first in the competition!
- I am a true gearhead! A number of years ago during my free time, I started building a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to race at the local tracks on the weekends, which is now making 500WHP. My current project is a 1993 Mazda RX7 that will be powered by the V8 LS6 engine out of a Corvette Z06 and transmission out of a Camaro.
- At TE, I am a field application engineer for automotive sensors based out of Troy, Michigan. I work directly with OEMs and tier 1 customers to develop the best sensor solution for their specific applications. I feel lucky to wake-up every day and do something I’m truly passionate about.