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

  • FPIC
  • 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 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 Quarterly 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 Quarterly 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

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 contact Carrie Berger at cberger@nfpa.com or (414) 778-3359.

Rance Herren, CFPSD, AI                                                                                                              
Director - Technical Services
Fluid Power SME
Houston, TX
(281) 888-6460

Rance Herren is the Director of Technical Services and founder of Fluid Power SME, a Houston, TX based Hydraulic and Pneumatic design and consulting company. He is a Certified Fluid Power System Designer and Accredited Instructor with over 38 years of hydraulic and pneumatic application experience in a variety of roles and industries (including 24 years in Oil and Gas). Mr.Herren is the former chair of the Fluid Power Hall of Fame; past President (2016) and board member of the International Fluid Power Society where he continues as a lifetime member, technical contributor, and advisor. 

Areas of Expertise Include:

  • Hydraulic, Electrohydraulic, and Pneumatic System Design and Component Specification
  • Software Driven Circuit Simulation and Analysis
  • Integrated Manifold Design
  • Documentation and Technical Writing
  • Component Sourcing Services
  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Technical Training as well as IFPS Certification Preparation and Testing
  • Failure Analysis and Subject Matter Expert Witness
  • General Fluid Power Technical Consultation

Rance Herren is widely recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in fluid power system design, troubleshooting and failure analysis. He is a graduate of the Industrial Controls Technology program at California State University Fullerton, the Industrial Electrical Technology program at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California and holds multiple advanced fluid power certifications.

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Mark A. Keller, PE                                                                                                              
Engineering Consultant
Jasper, AL
(205) 538-0205


20 plus years of experience in fluid power design on mobile equipment, 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.


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Medhat K, Bahr Khalil Ph.D.                                                                                                              
Director of Professional Education and Research Development
Applied Technology Center - Milwaukee Schoolf of Engineering
Milwaukee, WI
(414) 277-2232


Dr. Medhat Khalil, Director of Professional Education & Research Development at MSOE. Medhat has 25+ years of experience in fluid power. Medhat was the recipient of the “Otto Maha Pioneers in Fluid Power” award in 2012 and the “IFPS-Hall of Fame” award in 2021. Medhat is an author of 8 textbooks in the field of fluid power. He participated in many technical conferences and published several reviewed technical papers. Medhat has been certified by the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) as: Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist (CFPHS) and Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor (CFPAI). Medhat is a member of many grand institutions such as Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Engineering Research Center (CCEFP), listed Fluid Power Consultant by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), and listed professional instructor by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and National American Die Casting Association (NADCA). Medhat has been assigned as the chair of the education committee for the International Fluid Power Exposition since 2017. Medhat is the designer of the Universal Fluid Power Trainer. Medhat developed and taught countless courses for industry professionals worldwide. He has a balanced academic and industrial experience. Medhat had worked for several world-wide recognized industrial organizations such as Rexroth in Germany and CAE in Canada. 

Medhat is offering the following services:

 Expert witness in fluid power related cases

 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. 

 Modeling and simulation of fluid power components and systems

 Design reviews for fluid power components and systems, 

 Electrohydraulic control systems conceptual design

         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


Contact Info

6737 W. Washington Street, Suite 2350

Milwaukee, WI 53214

(414) 778-3344 (o)

(414) 778-3361 (f)