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 -- Spring2015


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Prof. Monika Ivantysynova Recognized in SAE's Successful Member Spotlight!

We are happy to announce that Prof. Monika Ivantysynova has been recognized as an SAE Successful Member. SAE International recognized a few of their "most amazing and talented members" this week to commemorate Engineers Week. This is what they had to say about Monika for her spotlight on the official SAE website.

SAE Member for 10 years

Dr. Monika Ivantysynova is Maha Professor Fluid Power Systems, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. In 2014, Monika was named an SAE International Fellow, which is the organization's most prestigious membership grade. She received this honor for her outstanding achievements in fluid power research, developing energy efficient systems for mobile vehicle applications.

Monika's involvement with SAE extends well beyond being a Fellow. Over the years, she has been active in many other fronts including serving as Chairman and Co-Chair of the Fluid Power Committee, acting as Organizer of Technical Sessions for the Fluid Power Technical Committee at several of SAE's Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibitions (Comvec), organizing a Comvec Hydraulic Hybrid Technical Session Roundtable, and participating on the SidOlson Award Committee. "I get a lot out of my SAE Membership because I am able to meet a lot interesting people, make new contacts, gain helpful information, and participate in great discussions," says Monika. Most recently, she was named to the SAE Fellows Committee and will serve a three-year term, helping SAE select the incoming classes of Fellows.

Her contributions to the advancement on pump and motor efficiency and pump and motor modeling enabling virtual prototyping of pumps and motors has resulted in many papers, presentations, patents, and research contracts. She also has given more than 30 keynote speeches on her research concerning displacement controlled actuation, hybrid transmissions, and pump and motors at international conferences and industrial forums.

Monika's impressive list of honors stretches back to 1978 when she won first prize in a national student competition in Mechanical Engineering in Czechoslovakia. Since then, some of her many achievements include earning Best Paper medals and awards at numerous international conferences, receiving the Japan Fluid Power System Distinguished Service Award, being awarded the Joseph Bramah Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and receiving the Honorary Doctorate Doctor Honoris Causa from Slovak Technical University Bratislava in the Slovak Republic.

Monika also is credited with establishing the first journal dedicated entirely to fluid power 15 years ago, the International Journal of Fluid Power. She is still serving as editor-in-chief today and is extremely pleased that the journal recently went to a new publisher. "I am very happy that my hard work lead to a success story and that the journal is now available online," she says. [Nicely done, Monika.]

March 2, 2015

Welcome New Students and Visiting Researchers!

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

Graduate Students

Hiral Haria ‐ Hiral is a Masters student joining the hydraulic systems research group.

Leandro Danes ‐ Leandro is a PhD student joining the pump and motor research group.

Visiting Researchers

Jesper Kirk Sorensen is working with Dr. Vacca researching methods of reducing oscillations in hydraulically-actuated knuckle boom cranes. Jesper is visiting from the University of Agder in Norway.

Riccardo Bianchi is working with Dr. Vacca on the topic of vibration damping in hydraulic machinery. Riccardo is visiting from the University of Ferrara in Italy.

Francisco Franco is working with Dr. Vacca's systems modeling group. Francisco is visiting from Mexico's UTEQ.

Julio Cesar is also working with Dr. Vacca's systems modeling group. Julio is visiting from Mexico's ITQ.

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Congratulations to Pulkit Agarwal on a Successful Master’s Defense!

We are happy to announce that Pulkit successfully defended his Master’s thesis entitled, "Modeling of high pressure radial piston pumps." Congratulations to Pulkit on completing this milestone.

The Maha team will miss Pulkit and his contributions to our research. We wish him all the best as he moves on to the next phase of his career.

Pulkit delivering his defense presentation. Pulkit delivering his defense presentation. Pulkit delivering his defense presentation.

December 4, 2014

Congratulations to Ashley Wondergem on a Successful Master’s Defense!

We are happy to announce that Ashley successfully defended her Master’s thesis entitled, "Piston / cylinder interface of axial piston machines – Effect of piston micro-surface shaping." Congratulations to Ashley on completing this milestone. We are happy that Ashley will stay to complete her PhD at Maha.

Ashley delivering her defense presentation. Ashley delivering her defense presentation. Ashley delivering her defense presentation.

December 3, 2014

Prof. Monika Ivantysynova Selected for Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame!

Prof. Monika Ivantysynova has been selected for the Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame in recognition of her research and innovation in fluid power. She was specifically recognized for reducing the fuel consumption of heavy construction equipment and for developing a new energy saving hydraulic steer by wire system. Several patents were also cited including US Patent 8474254 “System and method for enabling floating of earthmoving implements," for which Prof. Ivantysynova received a plaque.

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November 21, 2014

Congratulations Dr. Andrew Schenk on a Successful PhD Defense!

We are pleased to announce that Andrew successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on November 6, 2014! Andrew has been a key member of the Maha team working under Prof. Ivantysynova since July 2009. Andrew developed an advanced numerical model of the slipper-swashplate interface of axial piston machines. His work will lead to improved efficiency and virtual prototyping of hydraulic pumps and motors.

The Maha team will miss Andrew and his many contributions to our research. He is always ready to help all of us with our work. We wish him all the best as he moves on to the next phase of his career. Below are photos from Andrew's defense and the challenges his coworkers prepared for him.

Monika Welcomes the Audience. Andrew Delivering His Defense Presentation. Andrew Delivering His Defense Presentation. Andrew, Monika, and Family Celebrate The Successful Defense. Andrew and Monika Compete in the 'Slipper Balance Factor' Challenge. Andrew Helps Monika with One Last Computer Problem.

November 10, 2014

Enrique Busquets Wins Best Student Paper Award at 9th JFPS Symposium!

Congratulations to Enrique on winning the Best Student Paper Award at the 9th JFPS Internanional Symposium on Fluid Power. His paper is "The World's First Displacement-Controlled Excavator Prototype with Pump Switching - A Study of the Architecture and Control." We are very proud of Enrique's achievement!

Enrique Accepting his Best Student Paper Award.

November 3, 2014

Maha Lab Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

It has been ten years since Purdue's Maha Fluid Power Research Center was founded. We invited past and current students and collaborators to share in the celebration during October 1-3, 2014. Below are some photos of the celebration which included a guided lab tour and presentations detailing the research progress of the past ten years.

Maha 10th Anniversary Cake. Maha team members past and present. Monika gives a toast at the banquet. Enrique demonstrates the displacement controlled hydraulic hybrid excavator. Mike demonstrates the displacement controlled steer-by-wire wheel loader. Andrew presents advances in pump modeling.

October 6, 2014

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