In 2012, as an undergraduate student in Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics), Jay Manley led the University’s inaugural solar car team in the prestigious World Solar Car Challenge.
Starting with just $500 and the support of two fellow students, Jay grew the team to more than 20 students with a budget of $300,000 by the time race day came around.
That same determination to succeed has taken Jay from Western Sydney to Silicon Valley, where he now works as Senior Technical Program Manager for Tesla.
Under the leadership of its CEO, Elon Musk, the innovative electric car manufacturer has earned a reputation for its disruptive technologies in the renewable energy industry in the same way Steve Jobs did with the computer industry.
Before joining Tesla, Jay worked as a Project Support Officer in the School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University, where he said that leading the University’s solar car team provided him with an international network of contacts.
Jay’s story featured in the University’s ‘Unlimited’ advertising campaign, which showcased the remarkable stories of Western Sydney University graduates.