Increased Engagement in Industry Presentations for University Students

Programs like the NFPA Speakers Bureau are made possible in part by the generous support of industry volunteers as well as NFPA Education and Technology Foundation and Pascal Society donors. Support these efforts by making a donation.

The goal of all of our workforce programs is to help increase the number of students educated in fluid power and connect them to careers in the fluid power industry. The NFPA Speakers Bureau program does this by directly connecting NFPA members to university professors and students.

Despite on-campus restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we saw more presentations take place this year than in previous. Participating NFPA members virtually presented to students about their academic and professional backgrounds, fluid power technologies, company culture, and the career possibilities in the industry.

The following Speakers Bureau presentations took place in 2020-21:

  • Applied Industrial Technologies with Purdue University
  • Bosch Rexroth with West Virginia University
  • Caterpillar with University of Cincinnati
  • Daman with Purdue University Northwest
  • Danfoss for the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge Presentations
  • Delta Computer Systems with Northern Illinois University
  • Eaton Corp. with University of Cincinnati
  • FORCE America with University of Alabama Birmingham
  • GPM Controls with West Virginia University
  • Husco with Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Hydraforce with Iowa State University
  • Iowa Fluid Power for the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge Presentations
  • Milwaukee Cylinder with Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Norgren for the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge Presentations
  • Parker Hannifin with Northern Illinois University
  • Parker Hannifin with Ohio University
  • SMC Corp. with Milwaukee School of Engineering

Thank you to all of the industry representatives who volunteered their time and guidance. Efforts like this not only get more students aware of and excited about careers in fluid power, but it can also make recruitment easier for the companies involved.

If you’re interested in being a part of the Speakers Bureau, have university contacts you’d like to share, or would like further information, please contact Amy Zignego at

Recent Posts

Meet the 2023 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship Winner – Megan Tian

Megan Tian of Lake Oswego, OR is the winner of the 2023 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship. The scholarship program received strong applications from students across the country who used pneumatics in robotics competitions. The NFPA member judges who interviewed Megan were impressed by her understanding of pneumatics, leadership skills, and involvement in her community. Megan will…

Read More

Increasing Number of Students Seeking Fluid Power Internships, Hire Them Now

The academic year is underway, and we have been reconnecting with our education partners in our Power Partner and Fast Track programs about the best opportunities to recruit students pursing fluid power education tracks and careers in the industry. With our Power Partners, we are hosting a series of industry connection events and inviting underclassmen,…

Read More

NFPA Member Company Profile: Scott Industrial Systems, Inc.

NFPA member companies span the spectrum of the fluid power industry. This series features the short company profile of an NFPA member as a way to highlight the diversity and strength of our industry. Today’s company is: Scott Industrial Systems, Inc. Scott Industrial Systems is a full line fluid power distributor with headquarters in Dayton, OH.…

Read More