The companies, individuals, and institutions on this page provide support that allows the University of Michigan Solar Car team to build, year after year, solar-electric vehicles that push the boundaries of what is possible in the fields of transportation and alternative energy.
Whether they have been with us for 29 years or 1, we could not do it without them.
Eaton is a diversified power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.
Because of the pivotal role we play, Eaton is committed to creating and maintaining powerful customer relationships built on a foundation of excellence.
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.
General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.
IMRA America, Inc., founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1990, is dedicated to the development of ultrafast fiber laser technologies for commercial applications. IMRA’s technology portfolio includes over 250 US and international patents and patent applications. The company’s pioneering technologies, rigorous quality control and high volume manufacturing operation make IMRA’s products the sound choice for scientific, OEM and industrial use. IMRA’s femtosecond fiber lasers are ideal for a host of applications ranging from ultrafast measurement instruments to industrial material processing and refractive surgery. The company’s visionary philosophy was inspired by Mr. Minoru Toyoda, honorary advisor to IMRA’s parent corporation, Aisin Seiki: “World Harmony through the Development and Sharing of Science and Technology.”
Strengthened by 80,000 alumni and countless friends, a public mission and the University’s across-the-board academic excellence – 95 graduate programs in the US News top ten – Michigan Engineering provides scientific and technological leadership to the world. Developing intellectually curious and socially conscious minds.
Siemens PLM Software is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software. We help thousands of companies make great products by optimizing their lifecycle processes, from planning and development through manufacturing and support. We work closely with every one of our customers to deliver the PLM solutions they need to support the critical decisions that go into their products. These solutions are open, to give you the freedom to use and combine whatever tools and information you need. They’re complete, so they add value across the entire product lifecycle. And they’re more than just technology, because only our people can truly assure your success.
Our vision is to transform product design and organizational decision making by applying simulation, optimization and high performance computing throughout product lifecycles.
We are a leading provider of enterprise-class engineering software enabling innovation across the entire product lifecycle from concept design to in-service operation. Our simulation-driven approach to innovation is powered by our broad portfolio of high-fidelity and high-performance physics solvers. Our integrated suite of software optimizes design performance across multiple disciplines encompassing structures, motion, fluids, thermal management, electromagnetics, system modeling and embedded systems, while also providing data analytics and true-to-life visualization and rendering.
We were founded in 1985 in Michigan, and have a balanced global footprint with 62 offices in 22 countries, and over 2,000 engineers, scientists and creative thinkers.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017.
Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
Car and Driver occupies a special place in the world of automotive magazines, a position earned by a unique combination of dedication, style, technical expertise, and the ability to put our readers in the driver’s seat. Once they’re in that seat, we do our best to see that they learn something of use. And that they enjoy themselves.
Each month, Car and Driver presents the latest new cars, vans, SUV’s, and pickups – imports and domestics – with an emphasis on those cars heaven-sent for the man or woman who knows the rewards that an outstanding automobile can confer on its driver. We examine in detail new technology, new directions, and new ideas put forth by the automobile industry.
Charles (Chuck) S. Hutchins has had a consistent presence on the U of M Solar Car Team for 21 years. Accompanying the Team on every race since the running of Maize and Blue in 1993, Chuck has maintained cultural and technical continuity that has motivated generations of Wolverines working in Ann Arbor. Chuck’s experience as an engineer (BSE MEAM ’57) and as an entrepreneur (co-founder of Manufacturing Data Systems Inc.) have proved priceless in the development of our 2017 vehicle, Novum.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines, related component technologies and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins employs over 55,000 people worldwide, and serves customers through a network of 600 distributor locations and 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016.
Our long history of innovation started with Clessie Cummins, a pioneering engineer who led the company’s development and introduction of the diesel engine into the U.S. truck market. This innovative spirit and vision helped us navigate technology and regulatory changes, international expansion and competitive challenges in every decade since the company was founded in 1919. That same spirit drives our thinking today as we embark upon a program of energy diversity and continue to shape the future of our industry.
Exa Corporation, based in Burlington, MA, USA, develops, markets, and supports simulation software for the fluids engineering marketplace along with a full suite of engineering consulting services. Exa’s products and services enable engineers to create competitive designs, while shortening product design cycles and improving time-to-market. Exa prides itself on offering products and services that fundamentally improve and enhance engineering design processes. Exa currently employs a highly-educated team of over 150 people that is culturally diverse, with offices in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and worldwide distributors.
Höegh Autoliners is a leading global provider of transportation and logistics services within the Roll-on Roll-off (Ro/Ro) segment. Our fleet of Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) sailing in global trade systems combined with our local presence enable us to cater for the specific needs of each customer. We offer our customers safe and secure deep sea transportation of Ro/Ro cargo such as cars, high and heavy machinery and breakbulk. Each year, we transport around two million car equivalent units (ceu) as well as other rolling and static cargo. We have experience with a wide variety of cargo and will do our utmost to ensure that you receive the service you and your cargo require.
Formed in 2006 by the merger of Koyo Seiko and Toyoda Machine Works, JTEKT Corporation and it's 136 consolidated subsidiaries employ over 44,000 people worldwide.
JTEKT is a leading systems and development partner to the Automotive, Industrial, and Aerospace markets: with products ranging from bearings, driveline compontents, pumps, and steering systems to high-tech, ultra precise milling machines and the mechatronics controls that keep them all moving.
As a leading provider of electronic components and solutions, Molex views innovation as a tool for solving complex customer challenges. This philosophy has helped us not only create many pioneering electronic solutions, but also build a globally recognized company. Through standard-setting products, high-performance people and a globally collaborative process, we are committed to anticipating tomorrow's needs and helping our customers engineer breakthroughs that make the world better.
R Systems provides technical expertise and optimized HPC cluster resources to the commercial and academic research communities. The company’s flexible service offerings and simplified business model provide the power of world class computing to minimize time, maximize effectiveness and add value to researchers HPC results.
Roush is a leading supplier of automotive engineering, development and manufacturing services. We are the world’s largest supplier of integrated motorsports marketing services, and we manufacture and market performance vehicles, crate motors and vehicle components. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Roush employs more than 2,000 people in over 50 locations throughout North America, Mexico, Germany and the UK.
Saturn Electronics Corporation, bare printed circuit board manufacturer, is a Top 30 domestic PWB Fabricator managing the nuances between Quick-Turn Prototype Boards and High-Volume PCB Production while offering industry-leading Lead Free circuit boards that meet RoHS compliance. Saturn Electronics Corporation is located in Romulus, Michigan.
TE’s unmatched breadth of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest of environments, helps build a safer, greener, smarter and more connected world. Our commitment to innovation enables advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. Our products connect nearly every electrical function in cars — from alternative power systems to infotainment and sensor technologies. Our 50-plus years of experience in automotive connectivity and high voltage power enables our customers to stay close to evolving trends such as safety, the environment, and lifestyle preferences. We help our customers overcome engineering challenges to deliver reliable and faster data, navigate new architectures to handle extra features and power demands, or turn a concept into the vehicle of the future.
Teijin Limited is a technology-driven global company offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. The Teijin Group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide.
Included in the Teijin Group are Teijin Aramid and Toho Tenax. Teijin Aramid is a world leader in aramids which include Twaron®, Sulfron®, Teijinconex®, Technora® and its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) Endumax®. These products are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight and are used in different applications and markets including automotive, ballistic protection, marine, civil engineering, protective clothing, ropes, fiber optic cables and oil & gas. Toho Tenax is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon fiber products. Carbon fiber is ideally suited for highly loaded structural parts in aerospace, automotive, leisure and medical applications. It is also widely used in wind power generation, and in the energy and chemical industries.
Thuraya is a leading mobile satellite communications company that empowers people with tools to bring the organizations and communities they serve closer together. We offer innovative, flexible and dependable technology that helps you overcome the toughest challenges and achieve the highest aspirations - facilitating reliable communications where and when it matters most. Our global customers include industry leaders from a variety of sectors including energy, media, marine, government and NGOs. Our superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the world via satellite and across the globe through our unique GSM roaming capabilities. Proud to be driving innovation in the mobile satellite industry, Thuraya has been recognized for our game-changing products and dedication to innovation.
Dr. Mark S. Schlissel is the 14th president of the University of Michigan and the first physician-scientist to lead the institution. He became president in July 2014.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
In 1879, University of Michigan President James B. Angell wrote that the University should make excellence in liberal education accessible to those “whose intellectual gifts entitle them to admission to the goodly fellowship of cultivated minds.” A century and a quarter later, this commitment to excellence and accessibility continues to be a foundation of the University of Michigan. The Office of the Provost works to strengthen this foundation. Our role is to support research, teaching, and public service that pushes the frontiers of knowledge and enhances civil society. To do this, we work with UM President Mark Schlissel, the deans and faculty leaders of the academic units, and the larger faculty to set academic priorities and allocate funding to carry them forward. Our goal is to encourage and sustain an environment of creativity, rigor, support, and openness that aids faculty, students, and the wider community in their search for knowledge.
Nowhere is the word “disruption” more frequently heard than in the automotive industry, which is currently undergoing a radical transformation brought on by digitalization. It’s up to companies like ZF to be prepared for and even lead this transformation. As a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, ZF is constantly developing and perfecting the advanced products and systems the industry needs to move forward. These innovations are supported by its talented workforce of about 137,000 across approximately 230 locations. Partnerships between organizations like ZF and the University of Michigan Solar Car team are vital to staying on the cutting edge of technological advancements and supporting the mobility leaders of the future.