Our solar car team would not exist if it were not for the generosity and support of our many sponsors. We thank each and every one of your for your support of the team, whether you provided us with funding, carbon fiber, electrical testing equipment, machining services, or something else.

It doesn’t matter to us whether you represent a big corporation or you are an individual fan. If you are not yet a sponsor of NUsolar and are interested in learning more, please check out our Support page. 

Platinum Sponsors

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Ford has been a financially supporter of NUsolar for many years while simultaneously providing opportunities the team would otherwise not have. For example, in February 2017, Ford brought NUsolar team members to the Chicago Auto Show.

Altec is a leading provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets. Altec has played an integral part in NUsolar history in that they have provided the space we use to work on our car: the North Garage. Without Altec, our working conditions would be much lower than they are today.


General Motors Company, commonly known as GM, is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services. They have given us a large donation in recent years that we appreciate greatly.

The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide. While the company unfortunately does not give us rockets, Boeing does support us financially and supplies us with carbon fiber, an important element of the newer generations of cars.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American global aerospace and defense technology company formed by Northrop’s 1994 purchase of Grumman. They have graciously supplied us with a large monetary grant to help fund the continuous development of our projectT.

The McCormick School of Engineering has graciously supported our project over it entirety through monetary support every year to help fund both the development of faster more energy efficient solar cars as well as our competitions

Tektronix, Inc. “Tek” is an American company best known for manufacturing test and measurement devices such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and video and mobile test protocol equipment. While they are best known for those devices, they have given us our current EE lab bench and other monetary donations.

Molex Incorporated is a manufacturer of electronic, electrical and fiber optic interconnection systems. Molex offers over 100,000 products, across a variety of industries. They have given NUsolar several connectors and even consultations.

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) at Northwestern University is dedicated to education with regards to sustainability and energy. ISEN has been a continuous proponent our work and dreams for a green future. We are grateful for their generous annual monetary donations. 

The Northwestern Sustainability Fund (NSF) is family grant directed at projects that improve the sustainability operations or student experiences for those at Northwestern. The NSF’s generous support has allowed us to purchase many of the necessary components to ensure a fully functional vehicle. 

General Plastics is a large American manufacturer of rigid and flexible polyurethane foam, supplying its product for many aerospace giants. We are grateful for that they have supplied us with foam that we use for molds.


The Home Depot, Inc. is an American home improvement supplies retailing company that sells tools, construction products, and services. Thanks to Home Depot’s monetary donation, our team has funded a sizable portion of our manufacturing costs. 

3M is a multinational company conglomerate corporation that is known for creating many products used today, such as waterproof sandpaper and masking tape. We are extremely grateful for 3M’s continuous in-kind support.

DMAXX, LLC has been a leading provider of Futures Trading and Accounting software for more than 20 years. In regards to NUsolar, they have given us financial support.

S&C Electric Company is a big Chicago-based global provider of equipment and services for electrical power systems, including communication and battery systems. S&C Electric Company provides us with some of their products and training on how to use them and other related products.

One of NUsolar’s most important sponsors is Northwestern’s very own Julio M. Ottino, Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In early January 2017, the National Association of Engineering (NAE) announced that the 2017 Bernard M. Gordon prize for innovation in Engineering and Technology education. Dean Ottino has not only financially supported the team, but has also taught the concept of Whole Brain Engineering– a concept that we use every day on the team and will continue to use even when Northwestern University becomes a distant memory.

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