Team Lead - Derek Quiroz

My name is Derek Quiroz, and I am a Third Year Electrical Engineering student heading this year's Solar Team. I became interested in the advancement of solar energy through exposure in my university courses, and have since tried to nurture interest in solar power through my peers in Formula Slug. My goal for the Solar Team is to provide a hands-on learning environment where students can fabricate solar-powered utilities that provide a positive impact on the Santa Cruz community.

Derek Quiroz Solar Team Lead

Solar Team 2016-2017


Solar Team of Formula Slug is up to a lot of stuff. Check out our projects below!


We are working on the fabrication of Small-Device Solar Charging Stations (SDSCS) for high-density areas around campus. These locations include bus stops, the Quarry plaza, and the East Field athletic facilities. The SDSCS would be off-the-grid solar charging stations for students, faculty, and visitors to safely charge laptops, phones, or other small devices.


Lincoln is codename for the solar array we're bringing to the FSAE Electric competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. Rather than using a generator to run power tools at competition, we plan on using our own generator made from a solar array of 8 panels, connected to an insulated work station and equipped with outlets. Completion of Solar Lincoln is due for the end of Spring Quarter 2017.