NFPA partners with leaders in the fluid power industry including companies, associations, consultants and education partners. Learn more about NFPA partners below.                 

  • FPIC
  • FPDA
  • IFPS
  • Consultants

Established in 1962, the Fluid Power Institute™ (FPI) at MSOE is a leader in fluid power education, motion control, research and evaluation, distinguishing itself as one of the nation’s foremost academic fluid power research laboratories.

To further support its industrial partners, the FPI has established the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) to provide quarterly half-day regional conferences on the latest fluid power technology advances with immediate implementation.

The annual membership fee of $2,000 enables a company to send up to four (4) of its employees to the NFPA / FPIC Regional Conferences. With a combination of OEMs, manufacturers, SMEs, distributors, etc., the consortium provides a platform for networking, problem solving and access to cutting edge technology. Presenters will be leaders from their specific areas of expertise.

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is a supporting partner of the FPIC. As a result, NFPA member companies are exempt from the annual FPIC membership fee and are able to participate freely in the quarterly NFPA / FPIC Regional Conferences. Members of NFPA’s Roadmap Committee, who assist the association in maintaining the NFPA Technology Roadmap, are especially encouraged to participate. It is expected that FPIC conference topics will provide Roadmap Committee members with an ideal way to stay abreast of the technological advancements that will help meet the future needs of fluid power customers, expand fluid power into new customer markets, and attract the best and brightest young engineers to fluid power.

Benefits of the consortium include:

  • Access to the latest technology advances in fluid power vetted for no-sales pitch
  • Opportunity to educate employees on current advances within the fluid power industry
  • Association and networking with diverse industries
  • Interaction with the FPI’s students, engineers and researchers
  • Member discount for professional education training

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For more information:

NFPA members should contact:

Eric Lanke
National Fluid Power Association
(414)778-3351 | elanke@nfpa.com

Other companies and organizations should contact:

Sheku Kamara
Dean of Applied Research
Milwaukee School of Engineering
(414)277-7416 | kamara@msoe.edu

Tom Wanke
Director, Fluid Power Institute™
Milwaukee School of Engineering
(414)277-7191 | wanke@msoe.edu

Fluid Power Distributors Association (FPDA) is a distribution-centric collaborative organization dedicated to delivering networking, education, best practices and business intelligence designed to enhance business performance. It was founded as the Fluid Power Distributors Association in 1974 by hydraulic and pneumatic distributors who wanted to further their common interests and protect their position in the fluid power supply chain by sharing resources, ideas, and time. A few years ago, FPDA widened its horizons and embraced the new dynamic technologies that share the fluid power marketplace of the 21st century. They became known as The FPDA Motion & Control Network.

For more information, visit www.fpda.org

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional organization of individuals dedicated to enhancing the quality of certifications, educational opportunities, technology evolution, and professionalism within the fluid power and motion control industry. The IFPS was started in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960 by a group of 30 professionals interested in supporting the future of the fluid power industry and the ever-changing technologies involved.

Today, its membership is nearly 4,500. Beginning with the first Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist Certification in 1980, the IFPS has become the recognized industry leader in fluid power and motion control certifications. Fifteen different certifications are currently offered with two certifications in development. These certifications cover diverse job descriptions within the industry including mechanic, technician, specialist, system designer, and engineer. The IFPS has nearly 10,000 active certification holders throughout the United States and in many countries around the world.


For more information, visit www.ifps.org

Note:The names that appear on this list have been volunteered by persons who have identified themselves as fluid power consultants. The names are in alphabetical order. Appearance on this list should not be construed as either a recommendation or endorsement by NFPA or an affirmation of professional competence.

If you'd like your name included on this list, please submit an application and payment of $200 fee.

Khalil, Medhat K. Bahr, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Education and Research Development
Applied Technology Center
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1025 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI  53202-3109
Office: (414) 277-7269
Cell: (414) 940-2232

Dr. Khalil has been certified by IFPS as a hydraulic Specialist and as an Accredited Fluid Power Instructor. He is listed consultant and professional fluid power instructor for many grand institutions such as: Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Engineering Research Center (CCEFP); American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and National American Die Casting Association (NADCA). Dr. Khalil has 35+ years of experience in fluid power. He has vast experience in modeling and simulation of hydraulic components and systems. Dr. Khalil had a comprehensive experience in modeling and simulation of hydraulic components and systems including swash plate pumps. He is very experienced in customizing multipurpose controllers for fluid power systems including hardware and software. Medhat is a nationwide recognized expert in fluid power professional education including instruction, developing curriculums; train the trainers, design training and test stands and developing E-learning modules. 

Dennis Szulczewski                                                                                                                         
DEStar Consulting LLC
3445 Autumn Woods Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
(952) 334-6958

35+ years experience in the design, development, and application of piston pumps, hydrostatic transmissions, drivetrains, hydraulic hybrids, hydraulic energy storage, and new leading edge hydraulic technologies. Ability to lead component and system projects, drive value analysis/value engineering, assist engineering management, and build engineering capability. 

Thomas S. Wanke, CFPE                                                                                                                    
TSW Fluid Power Consultants
W165 N9516 Lexington Dr.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
(262) 251-9356

45+ years of experience.  BS MET Degree with Fluid Power Option; MS Engineering with Fluid Power Specialty Option;  IFPS Certified Fluid Power Engineer.  Hydraulics system design reviews, reliability, maintenance, troubleshooting, component and system failure analysis.  Primarily focused on product liability and expert testimony. 

         Thomas J. Labus
Engineering Consultant
SCIRE Corporation
1012 Tarrant Drive
Fontana, WI 53215
(262) 745-3157

Experienced (47+ years) engineer, educator and business entrepreneur in the area of fluid power component/systems design, development and application. Capabilities include:

  • Modeling and simulation of hydraulic components and systems using various commercial and custom software packages
  • Provide in-house training/education in the design and use/application of hydraulic and electro-hydraulic components and systems
  • Design of hydraulic cylinders for industrial and mobile applications including sealing technology
  • Design/development of hydraulic pumps, valves, motors, cylinders, accumulators, and pressure vessels for a wide operating range of pressures, flows and power
  • Short and long term product development based on application requirements
  • Litigation support services in product liability and patent infringement cases

         Larry White                                                                                                             
Interlynx Systems

If you are a member of NFPA, you already know Interlynx Systems.  We manage Sales Leads and POS Data (Point of Sale) for both NFPA Manufacturers and Distributors. Every month, we send thousands of  “Beautifully Crafted” Sales Leads to NFPA distributors on behalf of our manufacturer clients. Each week we will provide a suite of Reports & Dashboards. We offer CRM or ERP integration, too. To learn why so many of your peer NFPA members have selected the Interlynx Sales Lead Management System as their platform of choice for all of their leads email us at sales@interlynxsystems.com or visit our website at www.interlynxsystems.com 

Mark Keller                                                                                                             
(205) 538-0205
Jasper, AL

20 plus years of experience in fluid power design, technical support, troubleshooting, training, warranty, legal and intellectual property support, manufacturing, and aftermarket sales. 

Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Engineering from Auburn University. 

Registered Professional Engineer, certified by the International Fluid Power Society as a Fluid Power Engineer, Pneumatic Specialist and Hydraulic Specialist.

Available for troubleshooting difficult hydraulic problems, design recommendations, vendor recovery, warranty assistance, technical support, training and legal and Intellectual Property support. 

Contact Info

6737 W. Washington Street, Suite 2350

Milwaukee, WI 53214

(414) 778-3344 (o)

(414) 778-3361 (f)