NFPA Invests in University Fluid Power Programs

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is committed to supporting university fluid power education and programs across the country. While NFPA has awarded various grants over the years, the University Fluid Power Grant Program is specifically designed to provide funding to faculty to implement new and/or add more fluid power courses and content to their undergraduate agricultural and mechanical engineering programs.

Funding for workforce development programs such as the University Fluid Power Grant are made possible in thanks to NFPA’s Pascal Society donors who provide critical program funding each year.

NFPA awarded the following schools with the University Fluid Power Grant this year:

  • Michigan Technological University
    • Project lead: John Irwin, Professor/Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology,
    • Grant funds will be used to develop flexible modularized electrohydraulic curriculum that can be delivered in a hybrid environment either in-person, online or in combination. The flexibility of the format is critical due to the current pandemic. The modules will be taught in an advanced electrohydraulic components and systems course which is part of the mechatronics degree program at MTU. The course covers electrohydraulic components including solenoid operated valves, proportional valves and servo valves, and hydraulic systems including open center and closed center along with open-loop and closed-loop circuits.
  • Ohio University
    • Project lead: Dr. Yuqiu You, Associate Professor & Kraft Family Scholar,
    • Grant funds will be used for the purpose of expanding fluid power curriculum included in the lecture and lab to students enrolled in the hydraulics course, ETM 3200, at Ohio University. The project will develop four electrohydraulic learning modules including lectures, design problems, lab activities, and assessment tools. These modules will be combined with the current learning modules in this course as standardized teaching materials and tools. The overall course content and laboratory will be enhanced to meet the current industry requirements.
  • South Dakota State University
    • Project lead: Douglas Prairie, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Instructor,
    • Grant funds will be used to expand fluid power curriculum included in the lecture and labs to students enrolled in South Dakota State University (SDSU). SDSU is presently in the construction phase of a Precision Agriculture Center that will be open for classes starting with the fall 2021 semester. One of the highlights of this building will be a centralized hydraulic power unit that will provide fluid power throughout the shop bays and many of the technical teaching labs. Instructors, researchers, and students will have ready access to fluid power for student projects, equipment labs and research purposes.

NFPA is currently accepting applications for the University Fluid Power Grant Program for the 2021-22 fiscal year. If your company knows a university that can benefit from this funding, please encourage them to apply here or contact Amy Zignego at

Recent Posts

New Forecasts from Oxford Economics: Updates on the UAW Strike

Quarterly country and industry forecast reports from Oxford Economics have been updated on NFPA’s member hub. Insights include impacts of the UAW strike on the motor vehicle industry and updates on China’s industrial production. Oxford Economics produces a plethora of reports that are available to NFPA members. These reports include: The latest reports include updates…

Read More

Bronze Sponsorships Still Available for Members!

Sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming Annual conference and other events have been rolled into annual packages. This format streamlines the sponsorship process and gives our members more enhanced opportunities for visibility at NFPA events. Sponsorship packages include recognition opportunities during conferences, in the NFPA News, NFPA Member’s Hub, Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge, the Fluid Power Forum…

Read More

Innovative Pump Technology Expands to Medical Industry – Fluid Power Forum Episode 109 Now Live

This episode features Greg Shtrahman of Marzocchi Pumps USA. Listen to the Podcast Here Greg is a Business Development Manager at Marzocchi Pumps, a company that designs, manufactures, and sells external gear pumps and motors for high performance applications. We spoke with Marzocchi’s president in a previous episode about their low-noise gear pumps for automotive…

Read More