Maha Fluid Power Research Center
Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power
Global Fluid Power Society

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The Maha Fluid Power Research Center is recognized as a leader in innovative methods to research and apply fluid power technology. We conduct research on existing technical challenges, explore new application fields, and promote industrial collaborations.

Our faculty researchers bring their expertise to all aspects of fluid power - from computer modeling to real-world experimentation – and apply that knowledge to hydraulic pumps, motors, and systems. With faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture, we can partner with you to provide solutions and new technology for all your fluid power needs.

By becoming a member of the Maha Fluid Power Research Center, you will have access to world-leading fluid power research, a wide network of professionals, and a group of talented prospective employees in the field.

Current Maha Members

Contact us today to learn about the advantages of becoming a member at Maha Labs! Email Andrea Vacca:

Executive Members

Bosch-Rexroth AG
Parker Hannifin Corp.

Basic Members

Bucher Hydraulics
Case New Holland
Hengli America
Moog Inc.
Poclain Hydraulics
Sargent Aerospace & Defense
Sun Hydraulics
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering AB

Industry Advisory Board

The industry advisory board is involved in all strategic decisions of the center concerning research, education and recruiting activities.

Current board compositions is as follows:

Executive Members

  • Bobcat: Jeff Dahl, Senior Director of Engineering, Global Core Technology
  • Bosch Rexroth: Enrique Busquets, Engineering Director
  • Casappa: Antonio Lettini, Global R&D Director
  • Parker: Pat Hite, Vice President of Technology & Innovation

Basic Members

  • Bucher Hydraulics: Christian Eitel, Vice President of Engineering, North America
  • Case New Holland: Uli Melchinger, Engineering Director, Advanced Hydraulics
  • Hengli America: Catherine Zhuang, Chief Operations Officer
  • Moog: Michael Ercolano, Senior Staff Design Engineer
  • Poclain Hydraulics: Damien Marsal, Technical Director
  • Sargent Aerospace & Defense: Dwayne Burnett, Chief Engineer R&D
  • Sun Hydraulics: Steve Weber, Senior Engineer
  • Wipro Infrastructure Engineering: Jugal Prasad, Vice President Global Engineering

Benefits of Membership

Membership in the Maha Fluid Power Research Center provides numerous benefits for you and your company. You can stay current with ongoing research, receive insights into technological trends, network with other fluid power professionals in professional development settings, engage with Purdue students studying the field, and support research projects at the center. Investigate our two levels of membership, Basic ($10,000 annually) and Executive ($55,000 annually), and determine which one is right for your organization.

1. Stay Informed with Ongoing Research

  • Learn the most current fluid power research through conference events, webcasts, and workshops
  • Receive an annual report with details on the ongoing fluid power research at Purdue (the report will contain only material not subject to confidentiality)
  • Access Maha models and virtual hydraulic trainer simulator
  • Receive a free subscription to the International Journal of Fluid Power

2. Networking and Professional Development


  • 2+ professional workshops per year at no cost
  • Held at the Maha Fluid Power Research Center
  • Lectures and hands-on labs
  • Maha industry committee will suggest workshop topics*

Maha Fluid Power Conference

  • Annual technical event
  • Presentations on the most current fluid power research topics
  • Technical presentations from invited industries and other international universities
  • Social and networking events
  • Visits to Purdue research facilities

3. Recruiting Opportunities

  • Receive biannual updates on “Maha recommended” Purdue students looking for job opportunities
  • Participate in a recruiting session during the annual Maha Fluid Power Conference
  • Organize a private recruiting event at the Maha Fluid Power Research Center*

4. Support Maha Research

  • Determine a research project (confidentiality will be respected and, with permission, only data with normalized results will be presented)*
  • Provide directions for future Maha research topics*
  • Over 90% of the membership cost going directly to the research without overhead

*For Executive level members

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Maha Sponsors >>>

Thank you to our current / past sponsors!

Research at Maha Fluid Power Research Center has been supported by government agencies, associations and industry sponsors. Industry sponsors can engage with Maha research activities in multiple ways: through the Maha Membership consortium (research to be presented during the Maha Annual Conference) or through traditional one-to-one confidential research collaboration. Several options are made available by Purdue for industry sponsored research, including flexible solutions regarding project intellectual property.
Contact us today to learn more about the advantages of sponsoring research at Maha Labs! Email Andrea Vacca:

Government Sponsors / Associations

Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Indiana Economic Development Corporation
National Fluid Power Association (NFPA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Industry Sponsors

AM General, South Bend, Indiana, USA
Bobcat, West Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Borg Warner Inc., Auburn Hills, Minnesota, USA
Bosch-Rexroth AG, Elchingen, Germany
Bronson & Bratton, Burr Ridge, Illinois, USA
Casappa, Parma, Italy
Case New Holland, Burr Ridge, Illinois, USA
Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Illinois, USA
Collins Aerospace, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Concentric AB Group, Rockford, Illinois, United States
Cummins Inc., Columbus, Indiana, USA
Dae Jin - TECPOS, South Korea
Deltrol Fluid Power, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Doosan Infracore, Seoul, South Korea
Durst, Clinton, Wisconsin, USA
Eaton Corporation, Eden Prarie, Minnesota, USA
ESTECO, Trieste, Italy
Evonik Industries, Essen, Germany
Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Gates Corporation, Denver, Colorado, USA
Harsco Rail, West Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Honda R&D Americas Inc., Raymond, Ohio, USA
Honeywell Aerospace, South Bend, Indiana, USA
HYDAC International GmbH, Sulzbach/Saar, Germany
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ulsan, South Korea
John Deere Product Engineering Center, Waterloo, USA
Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
KYB Corporation, Japan
Liebherr, USA
Linde Hydraulics Corp, Canfield, Ohio, USA
Magna Corporate Engineering and R&D, Troy, Michigan, USA
MGI Coutier, Champfromier, France
Moog Inc., East Aurora, New York, USA
Ognibene Power SpA, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Oilgear Towler GmbH, Hattersheim, Germany
Parker Hannifin Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Pioneer Oil Company, Vincennes, Indiana, USA
Quality Control Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Robert Bosch SpA, Centro Studi Componenti per Veicoli, Italy
Rolls-Royce Control Systems, birmingham, UK
ROSS Controls, Troy, Michigan, USA
Sauer-Danfoss, Aimes, Iowa, USA
Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc., USA
Stackpole International, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Sun Hydraulics, Sarasota, Florida, USA
Thomas Magnete GmbH, Germany
Triumph Group Inc., Berwyn, Pennsylvania, USA
TRW Automotive, Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Walvoil, Italy
WIKA Instruments Corporation, Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering AB, Bengaluru, India
ZF Luftfahrttechnik, Kassel, Germany

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Prospective Students >>>

Apply to Maha

We are always looking for motivated researchers at the undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral level.
We are particularly interested in people with passion and/or past experience related to our research topics (see Research tab). Below is a list of topic areas and expertise in which we are in high need at the moment:

  • Noise and vibration related to fluid power components
  • Computer programming skills (C++) for advancing Multics capabilities
  • Design and simulation of hydraulic pumps and electric machines

If you are interested in a research position at the Maha Fluid Power Research Center, please email your application to Dr. Vacca ( or Dr. Shang (

Required items:

  • Curriculum vitae, including GPA and/or graduation scores
  • Indicate the desired role: Visiting Scholar, Graduate Research Assistant, Undergrad Researcher, Post Doc
  • Clearly indicate how your previous experience matches the one or more of the fluid power research topics at Maha. Your application will not be considered if you do not explain and motivate your interests for fluid power research.
  • Please be ready to provide a short (10 mins) presentation on a project you have done which can reflect your skills and expertise. This will occur online, only after you receive a specific contact from one of the researchers at Maha.
  • Directions from Purdue University campus:

    Take State Street east, crossing the Wabash River into downtown Lafayette. After 1.2 miles, turn right onto Main Street. After 1.4 miles, turn left onto McCarty Lane. After 0.8 miles, Maha Labs will be on the right, across from the CAT Park soccer fields.

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    Maha Fluid Power Research Center
    1500 Kepner Drive, Lafayette, IN 47905 USA
    Phone: +1 (765) 496-6242