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Persis Drell

Persis Drell is Stanford’s thirteenth 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 alignment of the administrative and support functions of the university with its academic purposes. Drell has been provost since February 2017.

Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. The school’s faculty, students and alumni have established thousands of companies and laid the technological and business foundations for Silicon Valley. Today, the school educates leaders who will make an impact on global problems and seeks to define what the future of engineering will look like.


The Associated Students of Stanford University has provided funding to volunteer student organizations for over a century. The organization represents the interests, needs, and perspectives of Stanford students, working to ensure every student at Stanford has the experience they deserve at Stanford. The ASSU has supported the Stanford Solar Car Project since its earliest days in 1990. No part of the SSCP would be possible without the support that the ASSU provides, and we sincerely thank them for everything they’ve done for us over the years!


The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) is the interdisciplinary automotive affiliates program at Stanford University. The vision of CARS is to create a community of faculty and students from a range of disciplines at Stanford with leading industry researchers to radically re-envision the automobile for unprecedented levels of safety, performance, sustainability, and enjoyment. The CARS mission is to discover, build, and deploy the critical ideas and innovations for the next generation of cars and drivers. Our partnership with the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford has helped our team connect with many of the most exciting companies and individuals in the automotive industry.


Fictiv is a Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem that rapidly delivers custom parts on-demand, to help companies accelerate new product introduction. From early-stage companies to large enterprises, thousands of companies use Fictiv to innovate with agility, de-risk their supply chains, and get products to market faster.


Autodesk makes innovative software products and services used by industries including engineering, construction, manufacturing, and education. Autodesk generously supports the Stanford Solar Car Project through both monetary and in-kind contributions. Autodesk’s support in both our design and manufacturing phases has been integral to our success so far, and we are very grateful for their sponsorship.

Siemens PLM Software

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.


Altium is the leading developer of solutions that help engineers design and build the next generation of electronic products. Altium’s vision has been to level the playing field for electronics designers by offering an alternative to expensive, difficult-to-use tools. Altium is now a global company with a passion for innovation, and the goal of redefining the way electronic products are developed. Altium generously supported our team through an in-kind donation of Altium Designer.


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. Their software is known for its high quality grids and ease of use and for the expert technical support provided with it.


3M has been one of the key sponsors for the Stanford Solar Car Project in tapes, glues, and other adhesives. 3M produces more than 55,000 products, including: adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental products, electronic materials, medical products, car care products (such as sun films, polish, wax, car shampoo, treatment for the exterior, interior and the under chassis rust protection), electronic circuits and optical films. Our team receives a vast array of materials from 3M, including an assortment of tapes, VHB, structural epoxies, vinyl wrap film, prototype array encapsulants, zip ties, sander, and much much more.


Founded in 2015, Astranis is a developer of a new satellite technology that aims to transmit data down to specific terrestrial locations with each satellite it launches. The company’s mission is to help get online the 4 billion people who are without internet access. Astranis improves access to internet connectivity by making smaller and more powerful satellites at a fraction of the cost. Their approach allows them to build our satellites in 12-18 months, about five times faster than their competitors.

Sierra Circuits

Sierra Circuits is a certified, Silicon Valley-based, high-technology Printed Circuit Boards manufacturer and Assembler. They specialize in quick turn PCBs and medium production. Unlike some PCB companies that are simply brokers/middlemen, they are the actual manufacturer and assembler of our PCBs. By owning their manufacturing and Assembly facilities, they control every aspect of the production schedule and quality. And this is why they can provide their customers unprecedented quality, reliability and a single point of support.

TomKat Center

The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy harnesses the skills and creativity of Stanford University’s leading science, technology, and policy experts to transform the world’s energy systems for a sustainable future.  It was established in 2009 with a gift made by Stanford alumni and husband-and-wife team Tom and Kat


Airtech Advanced Materials Group is the largest manufacturer of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials for prepreg/autoclave, resin infusion, and wet lay-up processes up to 799°F (426°C). Airtech provided support to our composites team through generous in kind donations.

Signal Craft Technologies

SignalCraft builds brilliantly designed high frequency digital and RF products. SignalCraft is supporting our Electrical Team this cycle, and we’re thankful for their guidance and generosity.