2018 Marks the 10th Year of the Fluid Power Action Challenge

Tom Wanke

Tom Wanke

Our very first Fluid Power Action Challenge launched with just four teams in 2008. Tom Wanke, CFPE and Director of Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Relations at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has been a strong supporter and partner of this program since the very beginning when he came to help facilitate the Workshop and Challenge Days in Wisconsin.

Earlier this month, Tom facilitated his 10th annual Workshop Day with 36 teams from seven middle schools, totaling 144 students. When the students arrived at MSOE’s Kern Center, they were welcomed by MSOE’s new Vice President of Academics, Eric T. Baumgartner, Ph.D. and former NASA engineer, who opened with an interactive and upbeat introduction to the impact of engineering and manufacturing. Many representatives from various companies circled the room to help guide students as they took the first steps in building their designs, learned about fluid power careers, and received this year’s challenge scenario. Structural strength and fluidic control are main design considerations as teams are tasked with lifting an object and moving it from one location to another inside an arc.

Of the twenty-one sponsors of this year’s MSOE’s Action Challenge event, 14 of them are NFPA members.

Many thanks to:

  • Bosch Rexroth
  • Certified Power Solutions
  • Dura-Bar
  • Fluid Power World
  • Fluid Systems Components
  • FORCE America
  • Hallite
  • HED
  • HUSCO International
  • Poclain Hydraulics
  • Precision Plus Inc.
  • Price Engineering
  • Thermal Transfer Products
  • Thomas Magnete

Thank you to all of our members. It is with your support that the Fluid Power Action Challenge continues to grow every year, providing a unique hands-on learning experience to more and more students while introducing them to the world of fluid power and igniting their interest in our technology.

To get involved, contact Stephanie Scaccianoce at sscaccianoce@nfpa.com.


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