Who Are We?

We are Durham University Electric Motorsport


A team of innovative university students who love to push our engineering skills to new levels. As a student run and student led team, we design and build solar cars which we race in international events against other world-leading solar teams.
We are the UK’s longest running team of its kind, always pushing the boundaries of technological innovation. Since our founding we have developed 5 generations of solar car, racing in 2008 across North America and in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019 in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge across the Australian Outback. We love to welcome new ideas and challenges to our 50-strong team which is ever-growing and evolving as new students join the university, bringing with them fresh ideas and solutions.

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A team like no other

We believe that inclusion inspires innovation and have always had team members from a diverse academic background, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level: from engineering, to physics, mathematics, biology, economics, marketing and more. This allows us to utilise our individual strengths to develop a futuristic, high performing and reliable solar car.
At DUEM it is our strong team dynamic that motivates and pushes us to reach our ambitious goals, achieving world-class results at international competitions. The bonds formed from our highly focussed work go beyond our university lives and we maintain strong relationships with alumni who love to see our most recent and inspiring ventures.

Development is key

As a team, we have always recognised our solar car is so much more than an engineering marvel. Our world is facing an age of unbelievable change and momentum, particularly in our climate. With global temperatures continue to rise, we all must accept responsibility for pushing towards a more sustainable future.
The last 19 years have been an incredible journey for us; exploring the world, testing the boundaries of modern technology, and learning to work and grow as a team. But we are just getting started.

In the coming years, we are committed to providing a powerful educational platform to inspire the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and others who dare to think different. We will continue to raise public awareness of how innovative British engineering in solar power, renewable technologies and electric drive can leave the world better than we found it. Finally, we aim to lead the world in innovation and engineering excellence, creating the most efficient, fastest and most advanced solar electric vehicles ever seen.

This website gives you an insight into our past and a glimpse into our future; an exciting future in which we continue to build upon our strong heritage and continue to showcase, educate and inspire.

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Meet The Team​

Showcasing our team, the ones making it all happen. Without these students’ countless hours of hard work and dedication DUEM would quite simply cease to exist.

Owen Foo

Team Principal
4th Year Aeronautical Engineering

The opportunities at DUEM are unmatched. The experience I have gained from solving real-world problems using cutting edge technology is invaluable and I look forward to another year of innovation.

Luke Deacon

Chief Engineer
3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

Not only is being in this team great fun, but leading it to do incredible things in almost all aspects of engineering shows what can be achieved when the best minds come together in one place.

Tommy Osrin

Head of Business
3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

Solar car racing is an expensive hobby but I enjoy working to connect with companies to form mutually beneficial partnerships and seek funding for DUEM – one of the University’s largest and most successful societies.

Zeynep Erismis

Head of Business
4th Year Mechanical Engineering

I have been involved with DUEM for three memorable years now and am so excited to be part of the team for my final year at university as Head of Business.

Technical Team

Anith Sathananthan

Head of Electrical
2nd Year General Engineering

Joining DUEM was one of the best decisons I have made. Being apart of the team has allowed me to gain invaluable leadership and engineering skills which are hard to find elsewhere.

Brian Rowlands

Head of Mechanical
2nd Year General Engineering

I have already gained so much from being a part of DUEM, I am proud to have been made Head of Mechanical and to be able to work in this amazing team. I can’t wait to see what the year ahead will bring!

Business Team

Matthew Deatker

Head of Marketing
2nd Year Geography & Marketing

I seek to market the DUEM society towards those interested in technology, engineering, sustainability and motorsport to gain exposure and potential collaboration with new students and companies.

Aidan Nicholls

Head of Outreach
4th Year Aeronautical Engineering

I hope to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers through DUEM’s Outreach initiative and also challenge myself by being involved in the development of the car.

Rory Mullan

Head of Sponsorship
2nd Year Spanish & History

I aim to support the work of DUEM by forming partnerships with businesses, groups and individuals; in addition, I really enjoying further building relationships between our team and the local area.


Conor Wright

2nd Year General Engineering

DUEM is one of the most unique societies the University has to offer and joining has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The project challenges me and gives me invaluable skills.

Morgan Boswell

Head of Logistics
4th Year Mechanical Engineering

I’ve been with the team since my 1st year, and have loved every second of it, both organising the chaos that is shipping and logistics and actually designing the car as an engineer.


Ellie Desmond

Postgraduate Advisor
PhD Candidate in Biomechanics

The team has come so far since I first got involved in 2014. With DUEM, I’ve had the opportunity to build and race two generations of solar car, and I now have the privilege of advising the current team in their future exploits.

David Sims-Williams

Faculty Advisor
Deputy Head of Engineering

The solar car is a good match for the Department of Engineering at Durham University. It brings together the range of Engineering disciplines, it is challenging and it rewards  innovations that work.