Registration is Open: Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference 2014 / FPIRC14

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anufacturers, OEMs, researchers and media from around the nation will convene at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, from October 13-16 for the Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference 2014 (FPIRC14), an extended series of educational events hosted by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). The event will feature collaborative technical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, tours of local research laboratories, and panel-discussions on the technologies and workforce skills transforming the fluid power industry.

Attend the FPIRC14 to learn the latest in creative solutions to overcome hydraulic and pneumatic technical challenges.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n addition to presentations on all the research and education activities of the CCEFP (which the NFPA Foundation now helps to support through its Pascal Society), there are some great opportunities for you and your companies to connect with the talented students that are working on fluid power in the CCEFP. The Technical Poster Presentations on the night of October 14 are an ideal general venue for this, but so are more targeted opportunities like the Corporate Kiosks and the Corporate/Student Speed Meetings. Bringing one of your HR professionals to the meeting to participate in those activities may be very worthwhile, especially if you are looking to add Bachelor, Masters or PhD engineers to your workforce.

ORNL_DOE_mfg_demo-facility_[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother rare opportunity will be the tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on October 16. ORNL is home to the DOE’s new manufacturing demonstration facility on additive manufacturing, and they are actively looking for industry partners to engage in some short-term projects to explore the applicability of these techniques to a variety of manufactured products, including fluid power components. Some of you may be familiar with Dr. Lonnie Love, who has been a vocal champion for fluid power in this regard and with regard to our efforts to expand fluid power’s footprint within the DOE. Lonnie himself will be leading the tour.


NFPA participated in the study prepared by Lonnie Love of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for the U.S. Department of Energy and is using it to help frame new technology development initiatives for the industry. The study report can be accessed at here.

Participants include:
  • industry practitioners and leaders
  • government representatives
  • academic fluid power researchers
  • students from around the world
Recommended attendees:
  • fluid power engineers
  • fluid power technical leaders
  • human resource professionals
  • CTO’s
  • marketing personnel
Event Highlights:
  • Premier fluid power technical conference
  • High caliber panel on public-private partnerships in innovation, teaching and learning and research to marketplace
  • Meet one-on-one with fluid power experienced students
  • Over 40 fluid power technical research posters and presentations
  • Tour of Vanderbilt University fluid power laboratories
  • Special visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Helpful FPIRC14 Links:
Become engaged with the CCEFP and help drive its future.

Register Today!

For more information contact Alyssa Burger, Education Outreach Director, Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), University of Minnesota; (612) 624-4991 – office; (612) 964-3996 – mobile; (612) 626-7165 – fax.

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