Premier Sponsor

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 150 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.”

Platinum Sponsors

With a distinctive combination of premier scholars, international reach and multidisciplinary achievement, the University of Michigan College of Engineering is a global leader in engineering education and research. The College is flourishing, with current highlights that include:

  • Renovation and expansion of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, a premier laboratory space of its kind
  • Establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship, a new venture designed to empower student entrepreneurs
  • Creation of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, a new University-wide energy initiative that will enable the College, corporate partners and local governments to lead the nation in developing alternative energy sources
  • Continuing development of our international and multidisciplinary project design programs
  • Resource growth, as a result of the $300-million Progress & Promise: 150th Anniversary Campaign

Please visit the College of Engineering website to learn more about the many great opportunities Michigan Engineering has to offer.

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit

General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM), 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. More information on the new General Motors can be found at

Gold Sponsors

Cytec Industries Inc. is a global specialty chemicals and materials company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling value-added products. Our products serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace, adhesives, automotive and industrial coatings, chemical intermediates, inks, mining and plastics.We use our technology and application development expertise to create chemical and material solutions that are formulated to perform specific and important functions in the finished products of our customers.

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.

The SKF Group is the leading global supplier of products, solutions and services in the area comprising rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems. The Group’s service offer includes technical support, maintenance services, condition monitoring and training. SKF was founded one hundred years ago, in 1907, and grew at a rapid rate to become a global company. As early as 1920, the company was well established in Europe, America, Australia, Asia and Africa. Today, SKF is represented in more than 130 countries. The company has more than 100 manufacturing sites and also sales companies supported by some 15,000 distributor locations.

The The Vector Group is the leading manufacturer of software tools and software components for networking in electronic systems based on CAN, LIN, MOST, FlexRay. Customers from automotive engineering, the transportation and control technologies from around the world trust in the solutions and products designed by vector. Vector provides tools, software components and engineering services for the networking of electronic systems in the automobile and related industries. The ECU development is supported with tools for the design, test, calibration, and diagnostics as well as with sofware components and development services.

The mission of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) is to support its membership through legislative and industry representation, educational programs and communications, and community relations activities. Founded in 1907 by a group of five Detroit-area auto dealers after they hosted the very first Detroit Auto Show in the same year, today, the DADA membership includes more than 250 new-vehicle dealers who own 240 dealerships-selling 40 different vehicle lines in 64 cities throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. The dealers are affiliated with the DADA through one or more of 15 vehicle line groups, or through individual membership. Currently, DADA members collectively employ more than 16,500 people. Ninety-eight percent of new-car and new-truck dealers in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties are members of the DADA. Currently, DADA members have an average of 26 years experience in the auto industry.

Molex is a leading one-source supplier of interconnect products. Our team of highly skilled experts is focused on the design, development and distribution of innovative product solutions that touch virtually every walk of life. Our portfolio is among the world’s most extensive, with over 100,000 reliable products, including everything from electronic, electrical and fiber optic interconnects to switches and application tooling.

Office of the Vice President for Research supports and promotes the efforts of UM faculty, staff, and students to remain in the forefront of research, scholarship, and creative activity, and is responsible for policies and compliance with ethical conduct of research. The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research is to: nurture excellent research, scholarship, and creative activity by our faculty, staff and students; promote the integration of the research, education, and service missions of the university; facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise with the larger society; and promote responsibility in the conduct and administration of these activities.

Tel-X Corporation has been dedicated to creating prototype sheet metal, machining and medium to short run CNC machining and stamping services for our clients for over 45 years. We are capable of handling any request and Tel-X can satisfy any Ford, GM or Chrysler quality requirement. We can handle all phases of projects from tooling to the finished product and can take care of additional requirements, such as; heat treating, deburring, plating/painting, pickup, and delivery. Discover the services we can offer with over 45 years of experience.

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 Mary Sue Coleman, 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.

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 2011 vehicle, Quantum.

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.

Atlas Tool is a leading supplier of automotive stamping dies, tools and prototype parts for key Automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. Atlas Tool’s products range from simple hand-made parts to completely tooled prototype programs that verify manufacturing processes. The company develops and produces dies and tools for various types of parts and assemblies including outer & inner body panels, reinforcements, structural parts, and progressive die parts. Atlas Tool’s experience at integrating individual parts provides customers with smooth new model launches. Atlas Tool prides itself in offering our customers with a full service approach and a long term relationship.

Advanced Pattern Works specializes in CNC machining tooling, patterns, molds, models and prototypes for industries including aerospace, architectural, boating, and car racing.

Alternative Automotive Technologies is a full service company from design, engineering, prototype and production of automotive vehicles to aftermarket performance products or full restorations for your car or boat and electric vehicles, medical equipment components, and military applications.

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.

From its beginnings in 1957, Bitrode has consistently produced specialized battery formation and lab testing equipment noted for standard-setting excellence in accuracy, reliability, innovation, and engineering. Over fifty years, Bitrode has consistently met the changing needs of a sophisticated market by developing dependable, high performing equipment and long-term support to battery manufacturing companies of all sizes. We offer an extensive product line of formation and laboratory test equipment, as well as software tools, battery simulation, and manufacturing automation tools appropriate to all battery applications and chemistries.
Ricardo is a leading global multi-industry engineering provider of technology, product innovation and strategic consulting. With almost a century of innovation and automotive heritage to its name, Ricardo has been responsible for many breakthrough technologies and products that have transformed the way we live today.
Oxeon develops, produces and markets patented spread tow carbon reinforcements that give users superior surface smoothness, weight reduction, improved mechanical properties and design possibilities. TeXtreme® are used by manufacturers of advanced aerospace, racing, sports, automotive and industrial products—all having extreme demands on material performance.
For more than 50 years, Panasonic has delighted American consumers with innovations for the home and business. Panasonic’s consumer electronics and technology products range from award-winning VIERA High Definition Plasma and LCD TVs and LUMIX Digital Cameras to ruggedized Toughbook® laptop computers, communications solutions, networkable office solutions, security systems, home appliances, personal care products, components and entire in-flight entertainment and information systems.
Stark Industrial has been in business as a precision machining and measuring tools company for 50 years. Stark Industrial has always responded to your manufacturing and services requirements. Manufacturing quality precision parts, cutting tools, and dead centers, for a wide variety of industries is the primary objective of the manufacturing facility.  Stark Industrial is a three-generation family-owned business and serves a variety of markets from medical to environmental to aerospace to canning.
Chrysler Group has a rich history of creating compelling products that appeal to a wide variety of consumer needs and tastes. In 2010, the Company launched 16 all-new or significantly refreshed vehicles. These vehicles represent the first phase of Chrysler Group’s $23 billion investment in engineering and capital to rebuild and expand our product portfolio and manufacturing infrastructure. In addition, the Company invested approximately $155 million in part to introduce World Class Manufacturing (WCM) principles in our manufacturing operations. WCM fully engages and empowers employees to eliminate waste and improve safety, quality and efficiency. Realizing our success will depend on the knowledge, creativity and dedication of our people to implement this program.
Avery Dennison is a recognized industry leader that develops innovative identification and decorative solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. The company’s products include pressure-sensitive labeling materials; graphics imaging media; retail apparel ticketing and branding systems; RFID inlays and tags; office products; specialty tapes; and a variety of specialized labels for automotive, industrial and durable goods applications.
Freudenberg is a family-owned group of companies active on the global stage. Its 16 Business Groups operate on various markets and in various sectors of industry. Freudenberg offers its customers in the automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, textile and clothing, construction, mining and heavy industry, energy, chemical, oil and gas sectors tailor-made, innovative technological products and services. Customer groupings also include companies in the medical technology, civil aviation, rail vehicles and semiconductor sectors.
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative medical technologies, including reconstructive, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology. Some 285,000 associates generated sales of over 47.3 billion euros (over $63 billion) in fiscal year 2010.
Planet Blue is a University wide commitment to solving local-to-global sustainability challenges by creating, teaching and practicing innovative approaches to improve the health of the planet, inspire future generations and advance the international conversation
NYK Mark 4c NYK RoRo has an expansive fleet to include the industries most flexible and sophisticated (RoRo) roll-on/rolloff vessels. Offering regular sailings to and from the major ports around the globe NYK can handle virtually any request and perform in accordance with the highest quality standards.

Silver Sponsors


Mike Levine


DAKA Manufacturing


Bronze Sponsors

Abtrex Industries


Precision Manfucaturing

Airtech International


Protech Machine

American Hakko Foundation

Great Lakes Waterjet and Laser


America’s Transportation Resources

Great Lakes Industry

S&S Machine

AMTECH Electrocircuits

Huntsman Advanced Materials

Special Projects

Analog Devices

Kingston Technology


Arctic Cold Storage

MSI Computer


Competition Grapics

New England Wire

UM Credit Union

Composite Systems





Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences

Weather Underground

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Aerospace Engineering

CSE Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Baron Services Inc.


Microchip Technology Inc.

Saturn Flex Systems

Western Digital

Crew Sponsors

Falcon Printing
Amerman Elementary School
Fastener Mart
Transforming Technologies
APEM Components Inc
Frames USA
TW Metals
Benchmade Knife Company
Garden Fresh Gourmet
Young Chevrolet
Boscos Pizza
Genuine Aircraft Hardware Co.
Office for Research Cyberinfrastructure
Cooper Bussmann
GT Fab
Resin Services
Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering
HMS Motorsport
Signature Ford
Central Student Government
Department of Mechanical Engineering
J. J. Jinkleheimer & Co
Topcon Positioning Systems
Eppley Laboratory, Inc.
Toyota Technical Center
Cash For Trucks
Roving Networks
United Meat & Deli
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Miller Amish
Country Poultry
Keppen Elementary School
 PYKL3 Radar
ATS Cases
 The Detroit Print Shop
The Reeves Law Group
Spot Trading
Distance Learning Engineering
R Systems NA, Inc.
The M Den


Individual Donors

Margaret Trublowski
Paul Timmerman
Anna Herbon
Linda Dokas
Brian Ignaut
David Gerardi
Jean Camber
Barbara Amos
Galip Ulsoy
Janet King
Jose Alvarez
Douglas Lambert
Beth Hutchins
Alex Dowling
Mark Loesel
Kathleen Riley
Jennifer Golomb
Brent Williams
James Borninski
Thomas Bristol
Martin Falarski
Craig Slayter
Richard Signell
Susan Montgomery
John Roby
Jackie Lau
Matthew Sabella
Ronald Oblander
Dmitry Shulman
Julie Wilcox
Donald Wineman
Richard Boettcher
James Sterken
James Ellis
George Sperlbaum
John Brown
Jason Kramb
Carl Paulina
Cecilia Trost
Meredith Palen
Dong Yub Han
Gregory McDonald
Robert Yeh
Victoria Buckler
Reuben Rohrschneider
Russell Moerland
Kurt Zimmerman
Jeffrey Schox
William Wrobleski
Brent Schwartz
Carmen and Michael Fox
Tien Lu and Kwang Tsai Chang
Evelyn Reitzel
Marcia and Gordon Kanofsky
Theodore and Denise Latty
Phillip Bricker
Marion Lardner
Pete and Christine Lardner
Kanofsky Family
Christian Striffler
Lisa Bilby
Ray Sadler
Michael Dougherty
Michael Koester
Steven Antalics
Nicolae Orlandea
Kwang-Tsai Chang
Michael Aznavorian
King Stutzman
Joan Sunderman
E. Jack Sweazey
Karen Ziegenmeyer
Kathleen Rogers
James Alan Wise
Christian Striffler
Mary Johnson
David Pearce
Steven Murray
Dorothy Grimes
Kenneth Betz
Catherine Dick
Alan Reed
David Mohler
Bobbie Simson
Matthew Ross
Howard Tang
Jessica Barrett
Jane Ocker
Furqan Nazeeri
Saaed Fattahi
Gregory Green
Vikram Sahney
Colin Zick
Charles Alexander
Donna Hall
Paula Harrison
Rita and Dean Wisniewski
Margaret Barrett
Robert Mersereau
Khosrow Daneshvar
Ross Woodhams
Ann Cameron Stenbeck
Julia Hawley
Bett Weston
Craig Schmidt
Julie Barbour
Michelle King-Kramer
Linda Teller
Michael Brackney
Linda Hutchins
Greg Menzia
Alicia Leann Frostick and Saaj Shan
Robert Culver
Steven Berg
Hoyt Chang
The Levine Family Foundation
Scott Trowbridge
Terry Lutz
Garrick Williams
Janice Hausman
DeGalan Family
Greg Petrilli
Andrew Solar
Margaret Herrmann
Jerzy Kanicki
Pamela Riley
Joe Harrison
Herbert Pfabe
Patricia Butler
David Masselink
Evan Quisenberry
Phyllis Acre
Max and Linda Kirk
Daniel Rose
Margaret Hayes
Clifford Adams


Special Thanks

All Solar Car Team Alumni
Dean Degazio
Melanie Zauel
Scott Low
 Bobbie Simson
Dean Munson
Micheal Lee
Byron Roberts
Jennifer Wegner
Pete Washabaugh
Wilson Center Staff
Chito Garcia