2024 International Maha Fluid Power Conference
September 3-5, 2024, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States
Purdue’s Maha Fluid Power Research Center invites you to participate to the 2024 International Maha Fluid Power Conference. The conference will be held at Purdue University from September 3rd to 5th. The goal of the conference is to network, exchange ideas, and present the recent research trends in fluid power and motion control technologies. The conference will include technical presentations, keynote lectures, and social events. For the first time in the history of Maha events, there will be an exposition area to display latest component and off-road vehicles with latest actuation technologies.
Sponsorship opportunities will be available for participating companies. A student recruitment event will also be organized for interested participants. For more details, please refer to Maha Exhibit and Sponsor Opportunities.
The organizers will welcome technical contributions from academia and industry on all topics related to fluid power and motion control systems, such as novel fluid power components and systems, solutions for system electrification, condition monitoring, noise and vibration, soft robotics, alternative prime movers, tribology and fluid, pneumatics, etc.
Peer reviewed paper contributions will be published SCOPUS indexed and published open access. The conference will also feature “presentation only” technical contributions, by either academia or industry.
Stay tuned by frequently checking the conference website!
Conference Keynote Speakers
Maha is honored to welcome and feature the following keynote speakers:
CTO and Senior Vice President
K. E. (Karl) Weiss graduated in Agricultural Engineering at Purdue University in 1992 followed by receiving a Masters degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1999. Since joining Caterpillar in 1992, he has had various assignments within product development at Caterpillar’s Decatur, Joliet, and Aurora facilities, primarily focused on large machine structural design. Karl subsequently transferred to Geneva, Switzerland with Caterpillar Global Mining as an equipment management consultant serving mining customers and dealers in Europe and Africa. He then became the large wheel loader new product introduction manager in Aurora, IL. He and his family then moved to Beijing, China for four years where Karl served as the wheel loader product manager for the Asia Pacific region. In that role he managed the integration of Shandong Engineering Machinery (SEM) as Caterpillar’s entry into the China wheel loader market. He then returned to the United States as the worldwide product manager for medium wheel loaders. In 2013, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Weiss a vice president in the Earthmoving Division.
Vice President and President
Berend Bracht holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Berend Bracht is Vice President and President - Motion Systems Group of Parker Hannifin Corporation in Cleveland, OH. He is responsible for all fiscal and strategic aspects of the group's global operations. Mr. Bracht joined Parker in 2018 as Vice President of Operations - Engineered Materials Group where he has been responsibility for the global operations of Parker LORD since its acquisition in 2019. Before joining Parker, from 2015 to 2018, Mr. Bracht was President and CEO of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, a leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies. Prior to joining Bendix, he had an accomplished 24-year career at Bosch Rexroth, a drive and control technology company, including serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bosch Rexroth Americas.
CTO and Senior Vice President
Scott Schuh graduated in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines followed by receiving a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of South Dakota. He is responsible for product development, product safety and international standards. Joining Doosan Bobcat in 1998, Scott has made significant contributions to our engineering and technology areas, conducting various roles and projects including compact wheel loader, all-wheel-steer loader, embedded software, and hydraulics. He served as an engineering director from 2012 and was promoted to vice president of engineering in North America in 2021.
Steffen Haack holds a doctorate degree in the field of fluid technology, began his career at Bosch in 1996. Since 2001, he has taken on various tasks at Bosch Rexroth, related both to factory automation and hydraulics. From 2015 to 2017, he had already been a member of the board of management. From 2017 to the end of 2021, Haack led the Industrial Hydraulics business unit and rejoined the board of management in January 2021. Since then, he has been responsible for the entire development activities of Bosch Rexroth and the New Business product area. In addition to his professional activities, Haack is chairman of the Fluid Power trade association within the VDMA (German Association of Mechanical and Plant Engineering) and a member of the advisory board of “Deutscher Maschinenbau-Gipfel”, the German Mechanical Engineering Summit.
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