Our sponsors give us the resources we need to stay on the cutting edge of solar car racing. From their time to their products to the financial support necessary for international competition, these are the companies and individuals that believe in us and support us. Without our sponsors, our car would be nothing more than precise drawings. These sponsors give us guidance when we get overwhelmed and expertise when we need to build.
The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project could not exist without our sponsors. We are proud to represent every company on this page because of their commitment to our development as students, engineers, and leaders. Every day we get to work with a real solar car, we are grateful for their contributions.
Here, we present our sponsors, organized by their donation level and sorted alphabetically. If you would like to invest in the first cruiser class team in America, take a look at our Sponsor Information Brochure. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions about sponsorship.
Robert K. Eddy
Robert K. Eddy is the Chairman of the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project's Advisory Board, generously guiding the organization with his experience earned as a former business executive, a philanthropist, and a graduate of the UMN College of Science and Engineering.
3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, their innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. They have made driving at night easier, buildings safer, and consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment. Every day at 3M, one idea always leads to the next, igniting momentum to make progress possible around the world.
Altair is a leading provider of enterprise-class engineering software enabling innovation, reduced development times, and lower costs through the entire product lifecycle from concept design to in-service operation. Their simulation-driven approach to innovation is powered by their integrated suite of software which optimizes design performance across many disciplines, while also providing data analytics, visualization, and rendering.
By incorporating all the tools engineers and PCB designers need into a single, stress-free user interface, Altium Designer dramatically increases design successes, while reducing overall design times. From concept to PCB design, 3D modeling, and output generation for final manufacture, Altium Designer provides an efficient, powerful workflow for board-level electronics designers.
ANSYS simulation software enables organizations to confidently predict how their products will operate in the real world. Every product is a promise of something greater.
The UMN Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department supports the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project by providing a workspace in which hands actually get dirty. This space is home to every success and failure, practically home to many members of our organization.
Clean Power Research focuses on research, consulting and software for solar prediction, energy valuation and program optimization. These products make it simple for customers to quickly get accurate, location-specific information about the economic, energy and environmental impact of their renewable energy projects.
Since 1973 Coastal Enterprises has been an innovator and leading manufacturer of urethane products used for dimensional signage, model making, marine applications and a variety of tooling applications.
The CSE Dean's Office is supporting education on the University of Minnesota campus, inside the classroom and out. Their investment in the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project reflects a belief that University of Minnesota students should receive a robust and broad education.
What started as a humble, little aerial crop dusting operation called Huff Daland Dusters in 1924 has now grown into one of the world’s largest global airlines, helping more than 160 million travelers get to the places they want to go to each year.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our degree programs are consistently ranked among the top 20 of electrical and computer engineering programs in the United States. We have 47 tenured and tenure track faculty and all classes offered by our department are taught by full-time faculty.
Ford Motor Company is one of the world's premier auto makers. For over 100 years, Ford has focused on building safe, reliable vehicles, innovating in everything from trucks to, more recently, supercars. Ford has helped the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project secure testing for their 13th vehicle in a wind tunnel, which will allow us to learn more about the true performance of our car and strategize more effectively while racing.
The Student Services Fees are paid by most University of Minnesota students. These fees enhance the student experience and provide services which enhance and support the University of Minnesota community. The Solar Vehicle Project is fortunate to be a beneficiary of these fees because of the intense, hands-on experience we provide to our members.
Bringing the Next Generation of Innovation Closer. Whenever you view a web site, click a mouse, make a cell phone call, or turn on a TV you touch Tektronix's work. As a world leader in test, measurement and monitoring technology, Tektronix enables our customers to do more than they ever have. Technical innovators of all kinds benefit from our products and expertise.
B/E Aerospace produces the Teklam panels used in the chassis of Eos II. The panels have a honeycomb core and fiberglass skin, providing the rigidity and strength needed to support and protect Eos II's components without adding significant weight.
Since day one in 1984, Cirrus Aircraft has been committed to the future of aviation, to smart safety and most adamantly, to innovation. Along the way every turn has meant challenges and opportunities to grow general aviation – to improve the flying experience itself.
Panther Precision Machine Inc started business in 1998 as a 3-person machine shop with a fairly narrow focus. Since that time, Panther has experienced uninterrupted growth of 10 –15% annually. This growth has been achieved by maintaining a focus on service and value for Panther Precision Machine's customers.
Since taking office in 2011, President Eric W. Kaler has focused on core priorities, including academic excellence, affordability, diversity, campus climate, research enterprise, operational excellence, private philanthropy, and a deep commitment to public engagement and outreach.
Since 1985, PTC has been enabling customers to stay one step ahead of the competition by combining our strategic vision with leading, field proven technology. With PTC, global manufacturers and an ecosystem of partners and developers can capitalize on this promise of physical digital convergence today and drive the future of innovation.
Quantronic Corporation was founded in 1995 in Minneapolis, MN, providing a means for manufacturing of Printed Circuit Boards and Final OEM Product Box Builds. They contribute to UMNSVP by helping develop many circuit boards and manufacturing them, allowing Eos II to be monitored and controlled exactly as it is intended to be.
Tennant Company is a world leader in cleaning products and solutions, from walk-behind and ride-along floor scrubbers and sweepers to autonomous cleaners and environmentally-conscious technologies. With products in use all over the world, they are looking to not only continue to do what they do best but also look toward the technology of the future.
Founded in 1973, Maple Grove based Tooling Science has donated their expertise in machining to the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project, helping to produce the precise parts that make up our steering system.
VKS provides the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project with their process management software, allowing improved documentation of processes and learning opportunities for future team members as the organization continues to grow and develop new techniques.