Connecting Young Engineers to Fluid Power – CCEFP Fluid Power Scholars

Congratulations to the 17 engineers named Fluid Power Scholars by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) in 2015.

As a Fluid Power Scholar, each engineer was nominated to receive a sponsorship by CCEFP to attend a fluid power training workshop at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The intensive 3 1/2-day instructional program in fluid power technology at the MSOE’s state-of-the-art component and systems laboratory included:

  • 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.

Following the MSOE short-course, participants will engage in a full-time summer internship with their host company. Since 2010, over 75% of scholars have been hired into the fluid power industry. This year is the first year that the program reached maximum capacity with the support of industry sponsors including Bobcat Company, Caterpillar Inc., Danfoss, Deere & Company, Deltrol Inc., FORCE America, HUSCO International, Pall Corporation, Poclain Hydraulics Inc., and Sun Hydraulics.

During an informal dinner hosted by NFPA, Lynn Beyer, NFPA’s Workforce Program Manager and Denise Rockhill, NFPA’s OEM Marketing Manager, took the opportunity to meet and introduce the scholars to the association. Lynn and Denise talked to the scholars about workforce development, standards development and other member opportunities within NFPA.

To date, 40 high-performing undergraduate engineers have received the CCEFP Fluid Power Scholars sponsorship.

For questions contact Alyssa Burger, (612) 624-4991.

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