2015 Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference: Program Highlights for Industry

The 2015 Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference (FPIRC) is set to connect industry to university resources and talent through its technical sessions, networking opportunities, laboratory tours, and panel discussions on the technologies and workforce skills needed to continue growing the fluid power industry. Beyond the Corporate Kiosk Reception and the Corporate Student Speed Meetings, this year’s program has a number of other opportunities of particular interest to industry attendees.

-Poster Show and Dinner: Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Engage in casual, meaningful conversation with fluid power students and researchers while learning about the latest in creative solutions to overcome hydraulic and pneumatic technical challenges.

-Organized Innovation Keynote Presentation by Ed Frauenheim: Thursday, October 15, 12:45 – 2:15 pm
Learn more about America’s approach to technology development, which Frauenheim argues has been disorganized to a fault in recent decade, and about his ideas for a new, more coordinated method. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Mr. Frauenheim’s book. Watch a preview of his talk here:

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-Commercialization Pitch Competition: Thursday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 pm
At this new and fun FPIRC15 event, learn about the latest innovations in fluid power research. The CCEFP academic research community will pitch their research as potential candidates for commercialization.  The competition will be judged by a panel of three experienced industry experts.  Cash prizes will be given to the top three finishers.  In addition, the top student presenter will have an opportunity to participate in the “Perfect Pitch” competition on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, October 28.  This is part of an event hosted by the NSF Engineering Research center program to inform Congress of our activities.

Any questions about the conference can be directed to Alyssa Burger at alyssa@umn.edu.

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