Who Are We?

We are Durham University Electric Motorsport

DUEM

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. Established in 2002, we have always pushed 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 18 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.

Isaac Rudden

Team Principal

I’m a final year Electrical Engineering student and have been part of the team for four years now. The experience has been truly humbling as I’ve worked with some of the most amazing people – I’ll always be inspired by what this team of intelligent, enthusiastic students has been able to accomplish!

David Sims-Williams

Faculty Advisor

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

Ellie Desmond

Postgraduate Advisor

I’m in the third year of my PhD in biomechanics. I’ve been involved with the team since 2014 and can’t wait to be part of DUEM’s next adventure!

Adam Leach

Postgraduate Advisor

I love being a part of DUEM.


Joe Papworth

Chief Engineer

I am a third year studying Aeronautical Engineering and have been a member of the team since first year. And have been chief engineer for a year now, this role involves coordinating all technical aspects of the team.

Jack Hillier

Deputy Chief Engineer

I’m a third year Aeronautical Engineer. DUEM has allowed me to massively expand my skills at all stages of engineering design and manufacture; being able to design something and then manufacture it yourself is extremely rewarding.

Rachel Burstow

Operations Manager

I am a third year Mechanical Engineer and love being part of DUEM’S strong and focused team.

Emily Pearson

Operations Manager

I am a third year Mechanical Engineer. I love being able to push myself with both design and practical work and inspire others to do so too.

Tom Redfern

Head of Electrical

I’m a third year engineer on the Electronics stream and have found being part of the process from initial design discussions, through manufacture to competing in races and promoting the car incredibly rewarding.

Katie Skinner

Head of Mechanical

I am a third year Mechanical Engineer and one of the team’s solar car drivers. It’s very rewarding to be involved in the technical side of the design and build, and then also be able to race it at the end.

Hugh Thomas

Head of Chassis Design

I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student. The thing I love most about being part of DUEM is the ability for me to travel around the world and compete in international events.

Morgan Boswell

Head of Logistics

I’m a second year Mechanical Engineer who organises the chaos that is transport and logistics, alongside working on a variety of interesting design and build projects as an engineer.