About the Committee
The Executive Committee of the Victorian Model Solar Vehicle Challenge (VMSVC) is a voluntary committee made up of sponsors representatives, teachers, students and other invited interested persons. The roles of the Committee include establishing the regulations for the year, promoting, and organizing the Victorian event.
Paul Wellington is currently chair of both the Victorian and Australian-International Model Solar Challenges. While lecturing on engineering materials and manufacturing in the 1980s at the then Chisholm Institute of Technology (subsequently the Caulfield campus of Monash University), he led teams of engineering students and staff in a fuel efficiency competition, the Mileage Marathon in which one of their cars achieved 1000km/litre. He then went on to lead the Chisholm team in the 1987 World Solar Challenge, the race from Darwin to Adelaide for solar powered cars in which their car, the Desert Cat, finished 6th of 24 starters. Based on the educational benefits of this event, he, in conjunction with Ted Mellor, coordinator of the Warragul Technical School’s WSC entry, started the Victorian Model Solar Car Challenge which was first held in 1990, with the Boat Challenge starting 4 years later.