The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is actively working to increase the number of university students educated in fluid power, and one of the ways it does that is by supporting academic researchers in fluid power. It helps to engage current and build the careers of future university faculty who are and will be in a position to teach fluid power to undergraduate engineers on their campuses.
With this purpose in mind, the NFPA Foundation has awarded ten $10,000 research supplements to ten faculty members working on fluid power research at six universities.
The recipient universities, faculty members, and research projects are:
These research projects independently represent more than $4.9 million in funding from a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). They are an excellent sample of the growing body of fluid power research being funded by the federal government and other research organizations.
The research supplements from the NFPA Foundation are intended to provide travel support so that each faculty member and one of their graduate students can attend and present their research at a series of designated industry conferences and research summits. This will help better connect these researchers with the fluid power industry and allow better cross-fertilization of ideas. Any funds not spent on travel will be used in general support of the research project itself.
This year, the designated conferences will be the two summits of the CCEFP, scheduled for October 2018 and May 2019.