Wind Tunnel

Mission Statement

The wind tunnel team is working towards the ultimate goal of building an interactive and educational wind tunnel for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. The team is developing a wind tunnel that uses smoke lines and interchangeable models to demonstrate the aerodynamics involved in motor-sports.

Meet the Team


Name: Alyssa Lear 

Role: Design Lead

Major: FYE to Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Hometown: Richfield, Wisconsin

Hobbies: Working with students in hometown to improve math skills, archery, learning about space, and listening to music

Why did you join EPICS? Originally, I joined the Speedway team because I felt that the wind tunnel project would allow me to gain relevant experience in my field of interest. Now, it is much more than that. I enjoy collaborating with my team to find the best solutions to problems that arise while also learning more about engineering in industry. I am grateful to have had this opportunity and am excited for what the semester is going to bring.


Name: Joshua Keagle

Role: Project Manager

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: West Bend, Wisconsin

Hobbies: Playing piano, sports, running, and racing

Why did you join EPICS? I joined EPICS because it allows me to get valuable experience in the engineering industry and I get to design and deliver impactful projects to partners in our community and country.


Name: Nicholas Hanratty

Role: Team Member 

Major: FYE to Civil Engineering

Hometown: Highland, Illinois 

Hobbies: Skating, running, and reading

Why did you join EPICS? I joined EPICS because I saw it as a good way to meet new people and get hands on experience with a big project.


Name: Kieran Kasten

Role: Team Member 

Major: FYE to Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Jasper, Indiana 

Hobbies: Video games and watching/playing baseball

Why did you join EPICS? I joined EPICS because it does not only allow me to give back to the community but improve my overall skills and mindset as an engineer.


Name: Nathan VanDam

Role: Team Member 

Major: FYE to Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Hometown: Sebring, Florida

Hobbies: Soccer, video games, and writing

Why did you join EPICS? To gain hands-on engineering experience early in my time at college.


In the picture above, the fog lines show the impact that the shape of the car has on the way the fog lines move, representing the basic aerodynamic properties of modern Indy Cars.

Indy Car Models