Vehicle Challenge Networking Mixer

The 2023 NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is off to an exciting start! There are 24 teams signed up this year, the largest number ever. Tennessee State University is joining us for the first time, and Kennesaw State University is back after a hiatus.

A virtual networking mixer is planned for Friday, November 4th, at 1 PM CDT. We invite mentors, sponsors, judges, and HR professionals to attend. Like speed meetings, this event will allow HR representatives to connect with six to eight students at a time and provides space for personal one-on-one interactions in virtual side rooms.

Students participating in the Vehicle Challenge gain knowledge and hands-on experience with fluid power components, circuits, and systems and their use in controlling force and motion. Participating Pascal Society Donors will receive heightened visibility through this virtual delivery and will have exclusive access to the students’ resumes before the event. This is an excellent opportunity for NFPA members to discuss career opportunities with emerging engineers early in the school year. Many of these talented students have jobs lined up before the school year ends, so now is the time to recruit them!

Students in attendance are from the universities listed below. 

Arizona State University
Cal Poly State University
Cleveland State University
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University
Loyola Marymount University
Michigan Technological University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Murray State University
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Northern Illinois University
Ohio University
Purdue University
Purdue University Northwest
South Dakota State University
Tennessee State University
Texas A&M University
University of Akron
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Cincinnati
University of Denver
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Utah
West Virginia University
Western Michigan University

We are also looking for industry members to serve as judges for this year’s competition. The Design and Specification Midway Reviews are set to take place in December and January and offer a great opportunity for industry members to get involved and connect with students.

Contact Mary Pluta at mpluta@nfpa.com for more information, to register for the Networking Mixer, or to become a judge.

*Participating in the Vehicle Challenge Program is an opportunity reserved for donors to the Pascal Society. Find out if your company is already a donor here. Interested NFPA members who are not donors are welcome to participate once to see how the program works and the advantages associated with being involved.

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