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Girl power behind the wheel at Shell Eco-marathon

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With its goal of spurring the youth to design, build, and drive their very own vehicles that can run the farthest using the least amount of energy, the Shell Eco-marathon has female student engineers making waves. The presence of Filipino women is something to watch out for in the Asian leg of this year’s energy efficiency competition in Singapore this March.

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 of joining the competition.

Kirsten Caldez Despi (second from left), manager of Team Lahutay, with the rest of the University of San Carlos contingent.

Kirsten Caldez Despi (second from left), manager of Team Lahutay, with the rest of the University of San Carlos contingent.

Another female leader is Rangel Daroya, manager of Team Dagisik from the University of the Philippines. Although their school is a veteran contender in the competition, Team Dagisik is composed of all-new members and their car, Siglo, is also built from scratch.

As proof that hard work pays off, Team Dagisik won in the Urban Concept–Battery Electric category during the local rendition of the competition held in Clark International Speedway in Pampanga earlier this year. They chalked a mileage of 110.03 km/kWh, and they are determined to exceed this record in the regional event.

Women from other countries—even those that have always been known to be male-dominated especially in the science and engineering fields—are equally making strides at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia.

Female engineers are indeed playing an increasingly vital role in the making the future of energy through Shell’s renowned smarter mobility competition.

To know more about Shell Eco-marathon, visit www.shell.com/ecomarathon.

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