Last year, the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awarded its first fluid power laboratory grant. An award of $100,000 was made to Western Michigan University to establish a state-of-the-art lab that will teach fluid power applications to hundreds of students in hydraulics and design classes. The university is in the initial phase of setting up the lab. They are involving several NFPA member companies in the process and are starting to purchase lab equipment. It is scheduled to be completed by June 2014.

Thank you to all the NFPA members who supported the project.

Now, plans are underway to award another such grant to a four-year school in 2013. There are several ways that you can get involved:
  1. Recommend a four-year school in your area and we will send them an invitation to submit a grant application (school must qualify for NFPA Educator membership).
  2. Serve on the Review Committee to evaluate the 2013 lab grant applications.
  3. Pledge financial support to the 2013 lab grant. Donate here and designate “to Fluid Power Laboratories.”
  4. Donate materials and components to NFPA’s Educator members for new and existing labs, trainers and other educational projects. Further information will be sent to all OCRs in the next month or two as soon as the online “Clearinghouse” is functional on the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation web site.
In 2014, a lab grant will be awarded to a two-year school.

In the meantime, to support the lab grant or for further information, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz at 414-778-3347 or