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Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company. The Company’s principal business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a line of Ford cars, trucks, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. The Company operates in two sectors: Automotive and Financial Services. The Stanford Solar Car Project works closely with Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, which accelerates the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.
ASSU is the Stanford student group parent organization. They handle student elections and special fees, one of our bigger sources of funding. Each year students must vote whether or not a group gets funding. Solar car has tended to be a very popular student group, and we typically win a landslide victory at every election. Thanks to the generosity of the students at Stanford University, we will be receiving over $90,000 through this system this coming June. We hope to receive a similar amount next year as well. With this funding, however, there are strings attached. Thankfully, equipment and materials purchases make up the bulk of our expenditures, and are justifiable to both the ASSU Senate and SSE Banking employees.
Provost John Etchemendy
John W. Etchemendy is Stanford’s twelfth Provost. As the chief academic and chief budgetary officer of the University, the Provost is responsible for administering the academic program, including both instruction and research, and for the coordination of the administrative and support functions of the University with its academic purposes. He generously helped our group before WSC 2011 by matching a significant amount of donations during our pre-race fundraising campaign. Provost Etchemendy has graciously continued his support of our team in our 2014-2015 cycle and now our 2016-2017 cycle. Thanks to Provost Etchemendy for supporting our group and other student research on campus!
Hyundai Ventures, the US corporate venturing office for Hyundai Motor Group, focuses on promising startups in the US and parts of Europe. On occasion they also do proof-of-concept and prototyping projects. They’ve maintained a presence in Silicon Valley since 2011, and their location in the hub of innovation provides an environment ideally suited to their interests. Their interests span across any emerging technology and its impact on cars and trucks, personal well-being during travel, environmental sustainability, and manufacturing.
Delphi Automotive PLC is a high-technology company that integrates safer, greener, and more connected solutions for the automotive sector. Headquartered in Gillingham, U.K., Delphi operates technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support services in 44 countries.
Qantas, based in Sydney, is Australia’s largest domestic and international carrier airline. The Qantas Group includes many subsidiary businesses, including Qantas Freight Enterprises, and has an approximately 65% share of the Australian domestic market. The company currently emphasizes the importance of sustainable growth and has implemented numerous policies to meet sustainability goals.
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services with over nine million licensed seats and more than 77,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by making real the innovations that matter.
Pointwise is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today: mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Pointwise’s meshing software generates structured, unstructured, and hybrid meshes; interfaces with ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CD, SU2 and OpenFOAM as well as many neutral formats such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac; and has a scripting language that can automate CFD meshing. Our software is known for its high quality grids and ease of use and for the expert technical support provided with it.
Sinton Instruments is dedicated to developing new tools and analysis for R&D and manufacturing of silicon solar cells and modules. Originally established in 1992 by Ron Sinton (Stanford PhD, 1987), our goal is to enable the routine use of state-of-the-art device physics using elegant, intrinsically cost-effective test and measurement instruments. Our test instruments are used by most manufacturers of silicon solar cells worldwide. Applications include optimization and qualification of the incoming silicon material, monitoring each process step, cell efficiency measurement, and module measurement for nameplate power production.
Stanford is recognized as one of the world’s leading universities, and our students have opportunities to participate in a remarkable range of activities. Through academic courses taught by renowned professors, research and public service opportunities, and an extraordinary breadth of extracurricular activities — Stanford University prepares students to take on the great challenges of the day and become the next generation of leaders. Our team is a Stanford Voluntary Student Organization. The University provides workshop space, capital equipment, liability insurance, legal support, academic advice, and more from the amazing professors and other faculty at Stanford.
Harry Elam and The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) serves as the primary conduit for faculty interested in furthering their interaction with undergraduates, developing innovative curriculum and pedagogy, and discovering ways in which working with undergraduates can enrich their own research agendas at Stanford. Many of the VPUE’s programs at Stanford such as the Bing Overseas Studies Program, Introsems, Structured Liberal Education and research grants are the highlights of the Stanford undergraduate experience. The VPUE’s commitment to these fun and enriching student programs and groups like the Stanford Solar Car Project show Stanford’s dedication to helping students to achieve their intellectual ambitions.
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