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Max Opgenoord

Max Opgenoord

Team Leader, MIT Hyperloop Team
Max is a doctoral candidate in the Aerospace Computational Design Laboratory of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His research focuses, among others, on transonic aerodynamics and aeroelastic optimization. Max received a Master’s in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from MIT in 2016, and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology, where he was part of the Formula Student Team Delft. The MIT Hyperloop team has competed in the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition since summer 2015. Our team has focused on designing and building a safe, scalable, and feasible Hyperloop pod for this competition. We focused on subsystems that could scale up to a full Hyperloop with minimal changes. For instance, we use efficient magnetic levitation using permanent magnets, and designed a fail-safe braking system that can be used as an emergency braking system on a full-scale Hyperloop. The team won best overall design in January 2016, and won the Safety & Reliability Award at Competition Weekend in January 2017.


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