Monika Ivantysynova
Maha Research Center at 1500 Kepner Dr.

1500 Kepner Dr
Lafayette, IN, 47905-6578
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Hydraulic Powertrains and Hybrid Systems -- Spring2016

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Dr. Davide Cristofori and Prof. Andrea Vacca awarded the 2015 Donald Julius Groen Prize!

Congratulations to Dr. Davide Cristofori and Prof. Andrea Vacca. The Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), has selected the paper ‘Modeling hydraulic actuator mechanical dynamics from pressure measured at control valve ports’, by Davide Cristofori and Andrea Vacca as the winner of the 2015 Donald Julius Groen Prize.

The Prize is awarded every year by IMechE to the authors of a selected outstanding paper.

September 22, 2016


Congratulations to Gautham Ramchandran on a Successful Master's Defense!

We would like to congratulate Gautham Ramchandran on a successful Master's defense on July 18, 2016! He began his studies in January of 2015 in Prof. Andrea Vacca's pump modeling research group and has done a lot of great work broadening the lab's expertise in modeling high pressure radial piston pumps.

Gautham will be joining Gamma Technologies in Westmont, IL, as a Project Engineer for Hydraulics and Lubrication applications. We will miss him and wish him the best in the next stage of his career.

Prof. Andrea Vacca introducing Gautham at his defense presentation. Gautham Ramchandran defending his Master's thesis. Gautham Ramchandran presenting his research during his defense.

July 25, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Damiano Padovani on a Successful PhD Defense!

We would like to congratulate Dr. Damiano Padovani on a successful PhD defense on July 12, 2016! He began his studies in Prof. Ivantysynova's systems group in August of 2012 and has done excellent work applying the principles of displacement controlled actuation.

Damiano's research focused on the application of displacement controlled actuation to the design of a next generation tamping machine for railway maintenance. He also developed a novel displacement controlled solution for the vibration of the squeeze cylinders in the same application.

We will definitely miss Damianos's contributions to the team and wish him the best in his post-doctoral position at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Prof. Ivantysynova introducing Damiano at his defense presentation. Damiano Padovani defending his PhD thesis. Damiano Padovani presenting his research during his defense. Damiano in his hat during the defense games sponsored by his colleagues. Prof. Ivantysynova and Damiano competing to see who can identify more types of coffee correctly. Prof. Ivantysynova and Dr. Damiano Padovani.

July 15, 2016


Welcome 2016 SURF Students!

We would like to welcome this year's group of SURF Undergraduate Researchers:

SURF 2016 Undergraduate Researchers

Zechao Lu ‐ Zechao will be spending the summer working with Prof. Andrea Vacca's pump research group.

Dan Ding ‐ Dan will be spending the summer working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's pump research group.

Rajith Weerasingh ‐ Rajith will also be spending the summer working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's pump research group.

June 1, 2016


Welcome New Maha Team Members!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following new students who have joined the Maha team in the past month:


Graduate Students

Pranay Banerjee ‐ Pranay is a Master's student joining Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's hydraulic systems research group.


Undergraduate Students

Veersinh Patil ‐ Veersinh is an Undergraduate Research Assistant joining Prof. Andrea Vacca's pump research group.


Visiting Researchers

Mateus Bertolin ‐ Mateus is visiting for a short time and will be working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's systems research group.

Raphael Seifried ‐ Raphael is visiting for the next six months and will be working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's systems research group.

June 1, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Enrique Busquets on a Successful PhD Defense!

We would like to congratulate Dr. Enrique Busquets on a successful PhD defense on May 20, 2016! He began his studies in Prof. Ivantysynova's systems group in July of 2011 and has contributed greatly to the success of the group during his time here.

Enrique's research has been focused on the application of advanced control concepts to improve the performance, efficiency, and robustness of a hybrid mini-excavator with displacement controlled actuators. He has developed an innovative approach to the anti-stall pump control and power management of the hybrid excavator as well as the application of pump switching to increase the machine's productivity.

We will definitely miss Enrique's contributions to the team and wish him the best success in the next stage of his career as a Systems Engineering Manager at Bosch Rextroth USA in South Carolina.

Prof. Ivantysynova introducing Enrique at his defense presentation. Enrique Busquets defending his PhD thesis. Enrique Busquets presenting his research during his defense. Enrique wearing his costume during the defense games sponsored by his colleagues. Prof. Ivantysynova with Dr. Enrique Busquets. Dr. Busquets, Prof. Ivantysynova, and Ashley Wondergem inspecting the food for the celebratory meal after the defense.

May 23, 2016


Congratulations to Hiral Haria and Mrudula Orpe on Successful Master's Defenses!

We would like to congratulate Hiral Haria and Mrudula Orpe on their successful Master's defenses on May 16, 2016! Both have worked very hard and been integral members of Prof. Ivantysynova's systems group for the past year.

Hiral started at Maha in January 2015 and began working on the Maha hydraulic hybrid vehicle project shortly after. Her research focused on a new transmission architecture for the vehicle and an improved engine speed controller. Hiral will be starting as an Analytical Drivetrain Research Engineer with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, next month.

Mrudula came to Maha in August 2014 and contributed greatly to an industry sponsored project dealing with the smooth shifting of a two-speed radial piston motor. She continued her research by implementing various displacement controlled solutions to a skid-steer loader. Mrudula will also be starting next month as at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, as a FE/CO2 Modeling Research Engineer.

We wish both of these great ladies success as they continue forward in their careers!

Hiral Haria defending her Master's thesis. Hiral Haria presenting her research during her defense. Mrudula Orpe defending her Master's thesis. Mrudula Orpe presenting her research during her defense. Hiral and Mrudula with Monika after their successful defenses.

May 17, 2016


Prof. Monika Ivantysynova Wins the Purdue Morrill Award!

We would like to congratulate Prof. Monika Ivantysynova as one of the three winners of the 2016 Morrill Award along with Douglas Powell and Phillip Wankat! The three winners were announced yesterday at the Faculty Awards Convocation. The Morrill Award was initiated five years ago to honor the Morrill Act of 1862 which established land-grant colleges and universities. Prof. Ivantysynova was honored with the award for making significant contributions in each of the university's mission areas and for her advancement of the field of fluid power. The official announcment on Purdue's newsroom says the following about Prof. Ivantysynova's accomplishments.


"Ivantysynova's research in the field of modeling and simulation of pumps and motors has led to several new discoveries about the fundamental behavior of fluid film and its importance for the design and successful operation of positive displacement machines. Her findings permit advances in the design of current hydraulic actuation systems used in agriculture, construction, aerospace, marine, and industrial machines, resulting in reduction of fuel consumption, improved reliability, reduction of noise emissions, and even a reduction in system cost due to reduced mechanical complexity.

Several industry sponsors have commercialized her inventions, including a novel concept for hydrostatic transmission that includes energy recovery features now used in the garbage trucks commercialized by Parker Hannifin. In 1999, she was one of the founders of Fluid Power Net International, the first international scientific network in this field.

Ivantysynova established Purdue's Maha Fluid Power Research Center, which focuses on ways to save energy through hydraulic systems. Under her leadership, the center has organized and hosted the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Bootcamp of the NSF Center for Compact Efficient Fluid Power, providing an introduction to fluid power for undergraduate students from various U.S. universities."

April 26, 2016


Maha's Andrew Robison Awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

We would like to congratulate Andrew Robison, who was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship based on his "demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise." Andrew started his Ph.D. studies last August studying noise emissions of geroter pumps under the advisorship of Prof. Andrea Vacca. He has been a great addition to the team. Congratulations Andrew!

Andrew Robison awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

April 13, 2016


Congratulations to the Chainless Challenge Team!

We would like to congratulate Purdue University's Chainless Challenge team for their success at Parker's Chainless Challenge Competition last week in Irvine, CA. Various teams from across the nation designed and built their own versions of fluid power driven "bicycles" that they then presented and competed with at the event in Irvine. More information about the chainless challenge and a recap of last year's competition can be found here.

The team placed first in three of the event's competitions, second in two more, and second overall in the overall success and presentation of the bike. This year's team consisted of Riccardo Bianchi, Matteo Foa, Trevor Overstreet, and John Bowis under the direction of Prof. Andrea Vacca as the team's advisor. However, the team owes much of its success to Maha's very own lab manager, Anthony Franklin, who coordinated the manufacturing of the vehicle and lead the team at the final event. Below are pictures of the team and their bike at the competition.

2016 Chainless Challenge Team with Anthony Franklin. 2016 Chainless Challenge Team with their bike on the endurance track. 2016 Chainless Challenge teammember Trevor riding the bike during the competition.

April 11, 2016


Welcome New Maha Team Members!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following new members of the Maha team:


Visiting Researchers

Dr. Tatiana Minav and Philipp Wagner are visiting Maha for the next few months and will be working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's group. Philipp is visiting us from the Graz University of Technology and will be helping with our ongoing noise research in Prof. Ivantysynova's pump group. Tatiana is visiting from Aalto University and will be splitting her time between the pump and systems groups.

Federico Campanini is visiting Maha from Universitá Degli Studi di Parma and will be working with Prof. Andrea Vacca's systems group on the mobile crane.

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