CEFP’s mission is to develop compact, low-cost, next-generation, fluid-powered devices—systems that use pressurized liquids or gases to transmit power. Researchers intend to develop a range of new technologies, including hybrid vehicles with efficient fluid power components.
The CEFP is one of five new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to which the NSF has awarded a total of $75.3 million.
CEFP is based at University of Minnesota in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University and Vanderbilt University. Outreach universities include the Milwaukee School of Engineering and North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT).
Outreach institutions include the National Fluid Power Association, Project Lead the Way, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. The ERC will form partnerships with the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Partnership (LSAMP) headquartered at NCAT, the Tennessee LSAMP headquartered at Tennessee State University; and the AGEP headquartered at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Industry partners will augment NSF funding with $3 million. With help from the National Fluid Power Association, more than 50 companies have agreed to provide support for the research center.
The four other new ERCs are:
- Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC);
- Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center (QoLT);
- Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE); and
- Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Composites (C-SOC)
Including the new awards, NSF supports 22 Engineering Research Centers in the fields of bioengineering; earthquake engineering; design, manufacturing and processing systems; microelectronic and optical systems and information technology.