Researcher Profile: Paul Kalbfleisch

We’ve written before about the fluid power research projects coming out of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. Ten new research projects have recently been selected for funding. One student benefiting from the funding is Paul Kalbfleisch, a student at Purdue University who is working on the Noise Transmission through Pump Casing project.

Education and Career

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Paul received his B.S. degree in Engineering in Acoustics in 2011 and a MSE in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 from Purdue University. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Engineering through Purdue’s department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (2018). His main research interests are modeling and design of hydraulic pumps/motors and transmissions for the purpose of noise reduction.

After completing school, Paul plans on entering the workforce to seek a career in NVH of mechanical machines, prioritizing R&D jobs centered on fluid power. After roughly five years in industry, Paul will start considering the transition to academia, considering current job satisfaction. Paul plans on transitioning to management quickly as he believes it resonates with his general big picture mentality. Paul’s goal by the end of his career is to create a positive contribution to the field of machine noise by influencing the design of quieter machines.

Current Research

Paul’s research goals center on modeling and design of hydraulic pumps/motors and transmissions for the purpose of noise reduction. This is a crucial field of study satisfying CCEFP’s goal to “make fluid power ubiquitous – meaning broadly used in many applications and environments. This requires fluid power that is clean, quiet, safe and easy to use.” The generation of noise is the single greatest barrier toward the adoption of fluid power in many industries, including most notably robotics and transportation.

Motivation for Choosing Engineering

Engineering is the intentional manipulation of the physical world to fulfill a purpose. Paul says he was destined to become an engineer as his natural penchant for problem-solving manifested itselfs in a love for constantly finding a better way of doing things as a kid. In both his professional and personal life, he has always found creating better tools greatly satisfying. Whether it includes his professional hobby of finding ways to utilize artificial intelligence and computer clusters or his personal hobby of primitive bushcraft and survival skills, engineering naturally permeates many areas of his life.

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