About Us

Solar Gators is a University of Florida student organization driven by passionate engineers and designers determined to win the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) and compete in the American Solar Challenge (ASC) with a solar-powered race car. The team aims to also spread awareness for solar energy in engineering as well as the importance of sustainability in our world. The team consists of about 50-60 individuals in varying majors from mechanical and electrical engineering to psychology.

The Solar Gators were the first team ever to compete from the state of Florida in the FSGP. The car passed the intensive scrutinizing process and got the race on the Circuit of the Americas F1 track in Austin, Texas. The team hopes to continue its excellence by again racing in the FSGP and qualifying for the ASC in 2017.

The team aims to support the goals of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering by helping graduates meet the expectations of employers and by helping qualified graduates pursue advanced study through developing hands-on-applicable-skills within a solar race car design team.

Executive Board


Vrushank Desai

Vice President

Miguel Galeano


Stephen Thomas


Daniel Kogstrom

BEC Representative

Alice Hafner

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Bruce Carroll