The presence of women is particularly something to watch for in the Asian leg of the energy efficiency competition which will be held in Singapore from March 16 to 19.
At Shell Eco-marathon, women don’t just drive cars. They design, build them, and even manage their teams in the process. Kirsten Caldez Despi, for one, is the team manager of University of San Carlos’ Team Lahutay which has always been noteworthy for producing sleek car designs in their over five years in the competition.
“I joined the team in 2016. I viewed it as an opportunity to see theories put into action. For this year’s race, I was appointed team manager. I did find it a challenge to balance school and work since this is also my graduating year. But I see this as a stepping stone for better learning, and to give me more confidence when I face the world outside of school,” she shared.