After many years of serving with the solar car events, Dan Eberle announced his resignation from the Innovators Educational Foundation Board of Directors. We thank Dan for his years of service to the solar car events in the US and around the world as well as his help in starting the Innovators Educational Foundation in 2009, continuing the American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Grand Prix tradition.
Dan’s history with the brainsport of solar car began as a team member with the Crowder College solar car program. Over the years, he has served in many roles including Event Director, Jury Chief, and Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors & Vice President of the Innovators Educational Foundation. He has also held roles with many other solar car challenges from around the world.
Given the comradery of the solar car community, it would not be unexpected to see Dan make appearances at future solar car events. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
At the ASC 2018 awards ceremony, Dick Roberto’s retirement as the Head Mechanical Inspector was announced. We thanked Dick for his years of service to the American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Grand Prix events.
Through a separate process, Dick Roberto also was recognized with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for his long history with solar car events, which began in 1990 as an advisor to the Cal State LA team.
We are pleased to announce Dick will be returning for FSGP 2019 as a Mechanical Inspector, supporting the new Head Mechanical Inspector, Brian Call, as the teams go through scrutineering in Austin, TX. We look forward to having him as part of the staff for yet another solar car event!
We are pleased to announce our sponsor POWERSIM is renewing its support of American Solar Challenge. In the frame of the sponsorship, each team will have extended access to PSIM – a simulation environment for power electronics and motor control simulation. Modules made available to the teams include embedded code generation and Processor-In-Loop (PIL) simulation. PSIM also provides PV panel simulation and motor control design suites to quickly and easily design a Field Oriented Control (FOC) of a PMSM or Induction machine.
Complimentary webinar training will be made available to all teams members to help getting started with PSIM.
MathWorks is not only a sponsor of the events, but also offers complimentary software to registered teams. MATLAB and Simulink can be used for mathematical and physical modeling in designing, testing, and optimizing systems and strategies.
As we continue to look for new ways to provide unique and educational opportunities through our events, we are pleased to announce the availability of communications and media internships for our upcoming events.
We are please to announce yet another sponsor for the 2019 Formula Sun Grand Prix, Sutliff & Stout, PLLC. We are grateful that they chose our organization and our events to benefit from their generosity.
We are pleased to announce the continued support of our organization and events by Electrek. Electrek has come on board to support this years Formula Sun Grand Prix, to be held in Austin, TX at Circuit of the Americas, and most recently supported last year’s 2018 American Solar Challenge.
Electrek covers a variety of topics related to renewable energy — including electric vehicles. To see some of their work, visit their website: https://electrek.co/.
Our latest sponsor for the 2019 Formula Sun Grand Prix: QuoteWizard. QuoteWizard can help you find the cheapest insurance, whether you are looking for auto, health, life or other types of insurance. Learn more about our latest sponsor from their website.
We are very appreciative of our sponsors, and thank QuoteWizard for their very generous donation!
Just last week we received a donation from Electrek, “a news site tracking the transition from fossil fuel transportation to electric and the surrounding clean ecosystems.” We’re pleased to have them as a sponsor, and hope to have a long lasting relationship.
Have a look at their site, and read a recent article of theirs about the 2018 American Solar Challenge.