Sara Luchian, a Romanian-born young woman, is part of the Virgin Hyperloop project and one of the two people who trialled its first ever journey with passengers, in the desert of Nevada on Sunday.
The futuristic transport concept involves pods inside vacuum tubes carrying passengers at high speeds and travels with speeds of more than 1,000km/h.
Sara Luchian, director of customer experience, was one of the two on board and described the experience as “exhilarating both psychologically and physically” to the BBC after the event.
Sara Luchian and chief technology officer Josh Giegel wore simple fleeces and jeans rather than flights suits for the event, which took place on Sunday afternoon outside of Las Vegas.
Born to Romanian parents who fled the communist Romania before 1989, Sara Luchian went to a public school in the U.S. for 13 years , then she studied at Harvard and Wharton for another 6 years.
The Virgin Hyperloop project was based on an idea developed by the Tesla founder, Elon Musk. The Hyperloop project was set up in 2014, with Virgin Group starting to invest in it in 2017.