Solar Eagle III: Scenes from Solar Eagle III Roll-Out


Tuesday, April 15th, provided just the kind of warm, sunny weather appropriate

for the unveiling of Cal State L.A.'s third solar-powered electric vehicle,

the Solar Eagle III. The unveiling, dubbed "Roll-Out Rally" by

the University Community, got underway at high noon, officially kicking

off Cal State L.A.'s celebration of Earth Week 1997.

An estimated 2,000 people were present in Cal State L.A.'s Jesse

Owens Stadium for the festivities. Master of Ceremonies, eight-time Emmy

Award winning KABC talk radio personality, Mario Machado, presided over

the event. Guests of honor included the president of Cal State L.A., James

Rosser; Dr. Raymond Landis, the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology;

Sharon Morris, Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles; Lillian Kawasaki, General Manager

of Environmental Affairs for the City of Los Angeles; Dick Roberto, Cal

State L.A. Mechanical Engineering professor and faculty advisor for the

Solar Eagle III project; and Kathleen Hansen, student representative of Team Solar

Eagle III.

The event was part Roll-Out and part Homecoming as Cal State L.A.'s first

two solar-powered electric vehicles, the Solar Eagle and the Solar Eagle

II, were present to pass on their legacy to the Solar Eagle III. It wasn't

all warm and fuzzy, however! The friendly, competitive spirit got the best

of all three teams, and the rally ended in an exciting race between the

three world-class race cars. Of course, the Solar Eagle III crossed the

finish line first, but the first two Solar Eagles kept it close with a few

nose-to-nose, nail-biting moments on the straight-aways.

The festivities closed with a luncheon convened to thank the Corporate

Sponsors of the Solar Eagle III, as well as bid the team good luck at Sunrayce '97.



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