We’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference when it comes to preparing a better educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has created a 500% increase in the number of fluid power focused advanced degrees awarded in the United States, with almost half of its graduates going on to work in the fluid power industry.
Dustin Johnson, is a recent graduate from one of the engaged CCEFP schools—University of Minnesota. When asked to provide a summary of his background and experiences in the CCEFP, this is what he said:
I earned a B.A. in Physics at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where I enjoyed the community and opportunities of a small school. Following graduation, I continued on to graduate school and completed a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota where I was involved with the CCEFP. Since graduating in 2015, I began working at Specialty Systems, a contract engineering company in Montevideo, MN.
I got involved in the CCEFP by working on a Center-sponsored research project, the Miniature HCCI Free-Piston Engine Compressor. This afforded me the opportunity to present twice at the CCEFP’s annual conference, including the inaugural Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference (FPIRC). I also participated in student activities within the Center such as enjoying pizza at bi-weekly webinars and the periodic CCEFP happy hour events at the University of Minnesota.
I am now happy to be living and working in the rural community where I grew up. I can again be more actively involved helping my dad with the family corn and soybean farm. I have taken on leadership in the antique farm collector organization that I’ve participated in for many years. I continue to enjoy music by playing trombone in a few community groups. The high school I attended started a new robotics team this year and asked me serve as the coach.
Dustin can be reached at email@example.com.
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