Author Archives: Lynn Beyer

The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is a competition that challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission. This is NFPA's third year of organizing this competition, and during this time we have seen students' discovery, energy, innovation, and frustration. We have seen great advice and...

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The NFPA Robotics Challenge is a scholarship program that supports of the missions of FIRST® Robotics and the National Robotics League (NRL). NFPA offers one merit-based scholarship for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2019 FIRST® Robotics or NRL Competition Team. This scholarship may be used to study engineering...

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FAMTEN
The Fluid Power and Applied Mechatronics Training and Employment Network (FAMTEN) is a new fluid power workforce development pathway that creates strong connections between local technical colleges, industry partners, and high school teachers. NFPA's first FAMTEN Hub School is Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The pathway covers multiple education levels in the...

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NFPA's 2018 Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, Jacob Barnes, is diving into college life at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). I caught up with him a few weeks ago and this is what he had to say about his activities so far: "Things are going great here at Cal Poly. It's about a month into our...

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Collaboration
When it comes to fluid power, not all engineering degree programs are created equal. Some programs may offer multiple courses dedicated to fluid power technology, which others may include a chapter or two about fluid power in a general engineering class. But what should "teaching fluid power" mean in a university setting? Last year at...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
NFPA consistently works to increase the number of technical college and university students educated in fluid power and connect them to careers in the fluid power industry. In the university arena, we have the Vehicle Challenge, which challenges college students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics. The program, which runs from September through April, culminates...

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Spencer Tiegs headshot, winner of NFPA Robotics Scholarship
Last fall, I contacted Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, to find out if he had secured a summer internship. When I found out that he was currently searching for internship opportunities, I emailed all of our local Milwaukee area members and let them know. HUSCO replied and set up an interview with Spencer...

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On June 26 and 27, six high school teachers from four local high schools attended the FAMTEN (Fluid Power and Applied Mechatronics Training and Employment Network) high school teacher training held at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin. Four local NFPA member companies attended the training and/or the networking lunch to connect with the teachers. The...

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Jacob Barnes headshot
Jacob Barnes of Orcutt, California, is the winner of the 2018 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship. This scholarship program awards $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates in a FIRST® Robotics or National Robotics League Competition Team and uses fluid power in the competition robot. It may be used...

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Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, has been very busy since winning his scholarship! Not only is he attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering for mechanical engineering as part of the University Scholars Honors Program, he also continues to coach and mentor FIRST® Robotics high school students and is part of the...

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