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.
In addition to increasing interest in fluid power among students studying in the United States, the CCEFP has also hosted a number of international visiting researchers interested in fluid power. One such visitor is Ching-Sung Wang.
Ching-Sung is a visiting scholar from Taipei, Taiwan who earned his PhD in Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering from the National Taiwan University in Taipei. His general research on wind turbines led him to focus more specifically on hydraulic power. Ching-Sung arrived at the University of Minnesota in the spring to work on the Hydrostatic Transmission project alongside Professor Stelson’s grad student, Biswaranjan Mohanty. He will complete his 10 months in the U.S. at the end of the fall semester. Ching-Sung finds Americans to have a better work-life balance than the Taiwanese and to be generally less stressed. His hope is that, through his experience at the University of Minnesota, he can promote collaboration and cooperation in the area of fluid power between his home university and the CCEFP.
Ching-Sung likes the sunny, dry weather in Minnesota. Back in Taiwan, the tropical weather means hot and humid summers and long and uncomfortable rainy seasons. Ching-Sung grew up in a small town on the western side of Taiwan, an island half the size of West Virginia.
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