The 2019 Cleveland Regional Meeting, held Monday the 18th of November on the campus of Cleveland State, was paired with the WTWH Media Fluid Power Conference, which was held over the next two days. As always, NFPA members attended the Regional Meeting at no charge and were able to attend the WTWH Fluid Power Conference at a discount. Sandwiched in between, Tom Wanke of Milwaukee School of Engineering conducted a workshop on fluid power, which was excellent as always.
The Regional Meeting itself drew a great group of members, including some first-timers, who were able to network and share thoughts on the current state of fluid power over breakfast. The featured speaker was Bogdan Kozul, assistant professor at the Washkiewicz School of Engineering and manager of the Parker Hannifin Laboratory on campus. Kozul spoke about the fluid power work and teaching at Cleveland State, and how members can connect with the School of Engineering, the laboratory, and students. Opportunities include mentoring students, funding industrial applied research projects, guest lectures, and contributing componentry. Cleveland State was also winner of this past year’s Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge, and the winning vehicle was on hand for all to see. Several senior engineering students also were present to speak about the Vehicle Challenge and how they came to be interested in fluid power. Kozul then led a tour of the laboratory. Very impressive.
The WTWH Fluid Power Technology Conference then proceeded over the next day and a half, with speakers on applied technology topics, as well as visionary topics such as electrification and IoT. There were also ample opportunities to talk to exhibitors and other event attendees.
The 2019 NFPA Regional Meeting and NFPA/FPIC Regional Conference lineup wraps up December 6 in Chicago. Keep an eye out for updates in early 2020 as these events start up again in Detroit in March 5.