The CCEFP offers a variety of opportunities to connect industry with students

CCEFP’s Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference (FPIRC)

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) hosted its first annual Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference (FPIRC) event at Vanderbilt University, October 2014.  The vision of FPIRC is to become the premier fluid power technical conference in the United States. Manufacturers, OEMs, researchers and media from around the nation are invited annually to attend. The event features collaborative technical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, tours of national research laboratories, and keynote presentations on the technologies and workforce skills transforming the fluid power industry. FPIRC provides the latest in creative solutions to overcome hydraulic and pneumatic technical challenges.

Presenters and attendees include industry practitioners and leaders, government representatives and academic fluid power researchers and students from around the world. Recommended attendees also include fluid power engineers and technical leaders, human resource professionals, CTO’s and marketing personnel.

Upcoming FPIRC events include Chicago, IL in October 2015 and Minneapolis, MN in October 2016. Both events are co-located with other academic conferences for increased visibility within the industry and research community.

Event Highlights:

  • Premier fluid power technical conference
  • One-on-one networking opportunities with fluid power experienced students
  • Over 65 diverse fluid power technical research posters and presentations
  • Tours of regional research and government laboratories

Fluid Power Scholars

The Fluid Power Scholars Program is a sponsorship for new and incoming interns of participating corporate supporters to attend a fluid power immersion course at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Members of NFPA’s Pascal Society are invited to name an incoming intern a “Fluid Power Scholar” to attend a 3.5-day short-course at MSOE. Course fee is sponsored by CCEFP, while travel and accommodations are sponsored by the host company. Each year the program is first come, first served. Full for 2015. Short-Course: May 26 – 29, 2015. Course Limit: 16 students

The intensive 3.5 day instructional program in fluid power technology at MSOE’s state-of-the-art component and systems laboratory.  Topics include:

  • Identification of features of hydraulic and pneumatic systems;
  • Application of industry standards to hydraulic and schematic systems;
  • Analysis of circuits from a schematic drawing;
  • Understanding of the operation and applications of valves, cylinders, pumps, and motors;
  • Identification of the chemical and physical properties of fluids, etc.

CCEFP Webcast Series

The CCEFP produces a series of bi-weekly webcasts highlighting CCEFP research progress, affiliated research activities, special topics and State of the Center presentations.  The goal of the webcast series is to maintain a consistent means of technology transfer throughout the Center—students, faculty and industry supporters. The CCEFP Webcast Series is open to the broad academic and corporate community.  The audience is invited to participate in a question and answer session after each presentation.  All webcasts are recorded and archived for review and retrieval. Information on how to participate is available at

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