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

People

Principal Investigator

Andrea Vacca

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural & Biological Engineering

avacca@purdue.edu

+1 765-448-1587

Dr. Vacca earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florence (Italy) in 2005, presenting a thesis in the field of Gas Turbine Blade Cooling Technology. Before joining Purdue University in 2010, Dr. Vacca was Assistant Professor of Fluid Machinery at the University of Parma (Italy).

Fluid power technology has been Dr. Vacca's major research interest since 2002. Goals of his research are the improvement of energy efficiency and controllability of fluid power systems and the reduction of noise emissions of fluid power components. To accomplish these goals, his research team has developed original numerical and experimental techniques for hydraulic systems and components, especially for gear machines and hydraulic control valves. Prof. Vacca's interests also include the modeling of the properties of hydraulic fluids, with focus to the effects of aeration and cavitation, as well as the use of low viscous fluids (such as water) in fluid power systems.

Dr. Vacca is the author of more than 100 papers, most of them published in international journals or conferences. He is also active in the fluid power research community. He is a faculty member of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), co-chair of Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division (FPST) of ASME, and a former chair of the SAE Fluid Power division. Dr. Vacca is also Treasurer and Secretary of the Board of the Global Fluid Power Society (GFPS). Furthermore, he is also Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Fluid Power and Guest Editor of the Special Issue of Energies "Energy Efficiency and Controllability of Fluid Power Systems."

Awards

  • SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award: 2010
  • Outstanding Teaching Award – Agricultural and Biological Engineering Dept. (April 2015)
  • 2015 Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Best Paper Award, 3rd Int. Conference on Dynamics and Vibroacoustics of Machines, 2016, Samara, Russia.
  • Best Paper Award, 15th Scandinavian International Conference on Fluid Power, Linköping, Sweden.
  • Bravo Award, FY2016-17, Moving the University Forward, awarded by the Purdue college of Agriculture.
  • Best Paper Award, 2017 ASME/Bath Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, 2017, Sarasota, FL, USA
  • Best Paper Award, 2018 ASME/Bath Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, Bath, United Kingdom

Graduate Students

Mateus Bertolin
Ph.D. Student (Direct Ph.D.)
Email Mateus; phone: (765) 447-1609
BSME: Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Origin: Brazil
January 2019 - present
Zubin Mistry
Ph.D. Student
Email Zubin ; phone: (765) 447-1609
BT: IIT Kanpur, India
MS: Purdue Unversity
Origin: India
August 2018 - present
Research Topics: New design solutions for internal gear machines for automotive and high pressure fluid power applications

 
Shaoyang Qu
Ph.D. Student (Direct Ph.D.)
Email Shaoyang; phone: (765) 447-1609
BE: Tsinghua University, China
Origin: China
August 2018 - present
Research Topics: Control and optimization of hydraulic systems

 
Dinghao Pan
Ph.D. Student
Email Dinghao; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS, MS: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Origin: China
July 2018 - present
Research Topics: Internal Gear Pump modelling

 
Annalisa Sciancalepore
Ph.D. Student
Email Annalisa; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS, MS: Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Origin: Italy
July 2018 - present
Research Topics: Development of a traction control strategy for wheel loaders and improving simulation model of wheel loader dynamics

 
Riccardo Madau
Ph.D. Student
Email Riccardo; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS, MS: Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Origin: Italy
July 2018 - present
Research Topics: Active oscillation damping for hydraulic machines

 
Patrick Stump
Master's Student
Email Patrick; phone: (765) 449-7514
BS: Marshall University - West Virginia
Origin: Kentucky, USA
June 2018 - present
Xin Tian
Ph.D. Student (Direct Ph.D.)
Email Xin; phone: (765) 447-1609
BE: Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Origin: China
August 2017 - present
Research Topics: Simulation and control of hydraulic systems

 
Josias Cruz Gomez
Master's Student
Email Josias; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS: Technological Institute of Toluca, Mexico
Origin: Mexico
August 2017 - present
Research Topics: Study of the sources of energy loss in hydraulic circuits of agricultural tractors and formulation of solutions for improved efficiency

 
Swarnava Mukherjee
Ph.D. Student (Direct Ph.D.)
Email Swarnava; phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Amrita University, Coimbatore
Origin: India
August 2017 - present
Shanmukh Sarode
Master's Student
Email Shanmukh; phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat
Origin: India
August 2017 - present
M V Harish Babu
Ph.D. Student
Email Harish; phone: (765) 447-1609
BT: IIT Hyderabad, India
MT: IIT Madras, India
Origin: India
July 2017 - present
Research Topics: Simulation of Orbit Motors

 
Dan Ding
Master's Student
Email Dan; phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: China Agricultural University
BS: Purdue University
Origin: China
June 2017 - present
Ashkan Darbani
Master's Student
Email Ashkan; phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Brigham Young University - Idaho
Origin: Iran
January 2017 - present
Sangbeom Woo
Ph.D. Student
Email Sangbeom; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS, MS: Yonsei University, South Korea
Origin: South Korea
August 2016 - present
Research Topics: Noise reduction of external gear machines

 
Tom Ransegnola
Ph.D. Student (Direct Ph.D.)
Email Tom; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS: Boston University
Origin: New Jersey, USA
August 2016 - present
Research Topics: Modeling and optimization of the lubricating interfaces of external gear machines

 
Mayo Olasubulumi
Master's Student
Email Mayo; phone: (765) 449-7980
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Nigeria
June 2016 - present
Xiaofan Guo
Ph.D. Student
Email Xiaofan; phone: (765) 449-7514
BS, MS: Purdue University
Origin: China
November 2015 - present
Andrew Robison
Ph.D. Student (Direct Ph.D.)
Email Andrew; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS, BA: South Dakota State University
Origin: Minnesota, USA
August 2015 - present
Research Topics: Design and Optimization of Gerotor Pump Gear Geometry

 
Rituraj
Ph.D. Student (Direct Ph.D.)
Email Rituraj; phone: (765) 447-1609
BT: IIT Guwahati, India
Origin: India
August 2015 - present
Research Topics: Modeling of external gear machines to handle non-newtonian fluids

 
Nate Keller
Ph.D. Student
Email Nate; phone: (765) 449-7514
BS: Brigham Young University-Idaho
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Idaho, USA
May 2015 - present
Leandro Danes
Ph.D. Student
Email Leandro; phone: (765) 449-7514
BS, MS: State University of Campinas
Origin: Brazil
January 2015 - present
Ryan Jenkins
Ph.D. Student
Email Ryan; phone: (765) 449-7980
BS: Brigham Young University
Origin: Utah, USA
July 2014 - present
Meike Ernst
Ph.D. Student
Email Meike; phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Stuttgart, Germany
July 2013 - present
Lizhi Shang
Ph.D. Student
Email Lizhi; phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Huazhong University of Science and Technology
MS: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Origin: China
January 2013 - present
Rene Chacon Portillo
Ph.D. Student
Email Rene Chacon; phone: (765) 449-7514
BS: University of Texas at El Paso
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Mexico
July 2012 - present
Paul Kalbfleisch
Ph.D. Student
Email Paul; phone: (765) 448-1456
BS, MS: Purdue University
Origin: Kentucky, USA
October 2011 - present

Visiting Researchers

Tommaso Greco
Visiting Scholar from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Email Tommaso; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS: Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Origin: Italy
October 2018 - present
Research Topic: Design and fabrication of a high performance human powered hydraulic hybrid vehicle.
 
Federico Zappaterra
Visiting Scholar from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Email Federico; phone: (765) 447-1609
BS: Universita` di Ferrara, Italy
Origin: Italy
October 2018 - present
Research Topic: Modeling of external gear pumps for high pressure fluid power application.
 

Undergraduate Students

Yifei Zhou
Undergraduate Researcher
SURF 2018
BS: China Agricultural University
BS: Purdue University
Origin: China
May 2018-August 2018
 

Staff Members

Benjamin Bumgarner
Lab Technician
Email Ben
Phone: (765) 448-1587
October 2017-present
 
David Johnson
Lab Technician
Email David
Phone: (765) 448-1587
June 2018-present
 
Connie McMindes
Inventory Control Clerk
Email Connie
Phone: (765) 448-1587
Origin: Lafayette, IN
October 2012-present
 

Founder

Monika Ivantysynova

Monika Ivantysynova (1955-2018) came to Purdue in 2004 to lead the newly-created Maha Fluid Power Research Center, and served as its director until her passing in 2018. Read more about Monika.


Alumni and Past Students

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Addison Alexander
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Ph.D. Student (Direct Ph.D.)
BS: University of Kentucky
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Kentucky, USA
August 2013 - January 2019
Research Topics: Active vibration damping and traction control development for mobile hydraulic machines.

Xinran Zhao
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Ph.D. Student
BS: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
MS: Carnegie Mellon University
Origin: China
June 2015 - December 2018
Research Topic: Modeling of gear pumps.

Susan Gauger
Secretary / Assistant
June 2011-December 2018

Mario Ruggero Catapano
Visiting Scholar
BS: Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy
Origin: Italy
March 2018 - November 2018

Alberto Ascoli
Visiting Scholar
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Origin: Italy
March 2018 - November 2018

Daniele Colombara
Visiting Scholar
BS: University of Genoa, Italy
Origin: Italy
March 2018 - November 2018

Hassan Assaf
Visiting Scholar
BS: Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Origin: Lebanon
February 2018 - October 2018

Amine Nhila
PhD Student
BS: UC Berkeley
MS: U of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Origin: Casablanca, Morocco
August 2013 - October 2018

Abhimanyu Baruah
Master's Student
BS: Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Origin: India
January 2017 - September 2018

Matteo Pellegri
Ph.D. Student
BS: University of Parma, Italy
MS: University of Parma, Italy
Origin: Italy
August 2014 - August 2018
Research Topics: Fluid Structure and Mechanical Interaction Effects of Gerotor Type Units.

Svenja Horn
Visiting Scholar
BS: Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Origin: Germany
January 2018 - August 2018
Research Topics: Simulations and Experimental validation of the Volumetric efficiency of external gear pumps.

Kazunari Suzuki
Visiting Scholar
Origin: Japan
May 2017 - August 2018

Rakesh Halder
CCEFP Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU) student
BS: Rutgers University, NJ, USA
Origin: New Jersey
June 2018 - August 2018
Research Topics: Simulations and Experimental validation of the Volumetric efficiency of external gear pumps.

Kevin J Cohen
SURF Student
BS: Purdue University, USA
Origin: California, USA
June 2018 - August 2018
Research Topics: Multi-Objective Geometric Optimization of Gerotor Pumps.

Weijin Qiu
Undergraduate Researcher
BS: Purdue University, USA
Origin: China
May 2016 - January 2018
Research Topics: Design of a test rig for evaluating gerotor pumps.

Francesco Leschiera
Visiting Scholar from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy Origin: Italy
October 2017 - April 2018
Research Topic: Development of a novel concept for hydraulic human powered vehicles.

Marcos Ivan Mireles Palma
Visiting Scholar from the Technological Institute of Toluca, Mexico
BS: Technological Institute of Toluca, Mexico Origin: Mexico
August 2017 - April 2018
Research Topic: Design and manufacturing of fluid power hybrid vehicles

Divya Thiagarajan
Ph.D. Student
BS: Anna University, India
MS: Purdue University
Origin: India
October 2012 - February 2018
Research Topics: Investigating the possibilities of using low viscosity fluids (with a focus on water) in hydraulic applications.

Riccardo Bianchi
Ph.D. Student
BS, MS: University of Ferrara, Italy
Origin: Italy
September 2014 - December 2017
Research Topic: Vibration damping in hydraulic machinery.

Vincenzo Vitiello
Visiting Scholar from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Origin: Italy
March 2017 - November 2017
Research Topic: Development of a hydraulic model of an agricultural tractor for assessing power consumption.

Yuri Ghini
Visiting Scholar from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
BS: University of Florence, Italy
Origin: Italy
March 2017 - November 2017
Research Topic: Development of prognostic techniques for monitoring the future health status of hydraulic machines​.

Andrew Alegria
CCEFP Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student
BS: University of Buffalo, New York, USA
Origin: New York, USA
June 2017 - August 2017
Research Topic: Effect of tolerances on gap height and leakage flow in gear pumps.

Srinath Tankasala
Masters Student
BT: IIT Madras, India
Origin: India
August 2015 - August 2017
Research Topic: Modeling of flow for variable displacement in external gear machines.

Yash Shah
Masters Student
BT: IIT Ropar, India
Origin: India
August 2015 - August 2017
Research Topic: Modeling and simulation of cavitation in hydraulic systems.

Yair Rojo Benitez
Visiting Scholar from the Aeronautical University in Queretaro, Mexico
AS: Aeronautical University in Queretaro, Mexico
Professional license: University Institute of Technology, France
Origin: Mexico
January 2017 - April 2017
Research Topic: Monitoring and control of hydraulic systems, specifically the hydraulic crane.

Andrea Bratto
Visiting Scholar from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Origin: Italy
September 2016 - April 2017
Research Topic: Experimental analysis of a reference external gear pump with varying surface roughness.
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Gianluca Marinaro
Visiting Scholar from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Origin: Italy
September 2016 - April 2017
Research Topic: Research to design a novel concept for hydraulic human powered vehicles.

Luigi Divino
Visiting Scholar from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Origin: Italy
September 2016 - April 2017
Research Topic: Design of a test rig for measurements on low pressure pumps.

Wencheng Guo
Visiting Scholar from Wuhan University, China
BE, ME: Wuhan University, China
Origin: China
August 2015 - April 2016
Research Topic: Vibration damping of fluid power systems.

Federico Campanini
Visiting Scholar from the University of Parma, Italy
BS, MS: University of P​arma, Italy
Origin: Italy
April 2016 - October 2016
Research Topic: Development of a diagnostic and prognostic system for hydraulic circuits, focusing on the case of a mobile crane.

Gautham Ramchandran
Masters Student
BS: VIT University, India
Origin: India
January 2015 - July 2016
Research Topic: Modeling of high pressure radial piston pumps.

Zechao Lu (Henry)
SURF program 2016 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
Origin: China
May 2016 - August 2016
Research Topic: Simulation of external gear pumps.

Veer Patil
Undergraduate Student
January 2016 - August 2016
Research Topic: External gear pumps.

Gaetano Bonavolontà
Visiting Scholar from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Origin: Italy
January 2016 - July 2016
Research Topic: Traction control development for mobile hydraulic machines.

Francesco Napolitano
Visiting Scholar from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Origin: Italy
November 2015 - May 2016
Research Topic: Noise emission of external gear pumps.

Matteo Foà
Visiting Scholar from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
BS: University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Origin: Italy
November 2015 - May 2016
Research Topic: Development of a novel hydrostatic transmission system for human-powered vehicles.

Fabio Linzitto
Visiting Scholar from the University of Ferrara, Italy
BS: University of Ferrara, Italy
Origin: Italy
September 2015 - March 2016
Research Topic: Modeling of external gear pumps using CFD approaches to handle non-Newtonian fluids.

Guido Francesco Ritelli
BS, MS: Politecnico of Turin, Italy
Origin: Italy
February 2012 - January 2016
Research Topics: Development of an adaptive, real-time and non-model based control strategy in mobile hydraulic machinery for oscillation dampening and energy saving. Counterbalance and directional valves modeling.

Timothy Opperwall
Ph.D. Student
BS: Calvin College
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Michigan, USA
August 2010 - December 2015
Research Topics: Development of a noise emission model for external gear machine; Optimization of the external gear machines design for noise emission reduction.

Matteo Fergnani
Visiting Scholar from the University of Ferrara, Italy
BS: University of Ferrara, Italy
Origin: Italy
June 2015 - December 2015
Research Topic: New control schemes for detecting the traction state of offroad machines.

Cristina Perez Garcia
Visiting Scholar from the Technological University of Queretaro, Mexico
Origin: Mexico
July 2015 - November 2015
Research Topic: Modeling of external gear pumps using CFD approaches.

Sidhant Gulati
Master's Student
BS: VIT University, India
Origin: India
January 2014 - August 2015
Research Topics: Formulation of a novel design methodology for external gear machines.

Karina Bjorklund
SURF program 2015 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
Origin: Illinois, USA
May 2015 - August 2015
Research Topic: Experimental characterization and modeling of energy efficient fluid supply systems.

Ram Sudarsan Devendran
Ph.D. Student
BS: BITS Pilani, India; MS: Purdue University
Origin: India
September 2010 - June 2015
Research Topics: Formulation of design principles for variable displacement external gear machines; Proposal of innovative design methodology for external gear machines.

Francisco Arellano
Visiting Scholar from Technological University of Queretaro, Mexico
Origin: Mexico
February 2015 - June 2015
Research Topic: Modeling, implementation, and realization of a load sensing educational test rig.

Julio Gachuzo
Visiting Scholar from Technological Institute of Queretaro, Mexico
Origin: Mexico
February 2015 - June 2015
Research Topic: Modeling, implementation, and realization of a load sensing educational test rig.

Jesper Sørensen
Visiting Scholar from University of Agder, Norway
BS, MS: Aalborg University, Denmark
Origin: Denmark
January 2015 - May 2015
Research Topic: Reduction of oscillations in hydraulically-actuated knuckle boom cranes.

Pulkit Agarwal
Master's Student
BS: Bits-Pilani, India
Origin: India
January 2013 - March 2015
Research Topics: Modeling and simulations of radial piston pumps and motors.

Kelong Wang
Visiting Student from Harbin Institute of Technology, China
BS, MS: Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Origin: China
October 2013 - February 2015
Research Topic: Modeling and simulation of radial piston pumps.

Qunguo Tang
Visiting Scholar from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Ph.D.: Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Origin: China
January 2014 - December 2014
Research Topic: Modelling and simulation of fluid-structure interaction, material screening of water hydraulic external gear pump.

Gabriele Altare
Post Doc
BS, MS, PhD: Politecnico of Turin, Italy.
Origin: Italy
January 2013 - December 2014
Research Topics: Design and optimization of internal and external gear pumps, design of an electrohydraulic actuator.

Yanhai Cheng
Ph.D.: Shandong University, China.
Origin: China
July 2013 - September 2014
Research Topics: Low temperature grease transporting system modeling; Realization of a centralized greasing units.

Marlon Baez
Visiting Scholar from University of Rochester, New York
BS: University of Rochester, New York
Origin: New York
June 2014 - August 2014
Research Topic: Development and application of a variable displacement gear pump.

Julian Che
Visiting Student from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico
BS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.
Origin: Mexico
February 2014 - June 2014
Research Topic: Realization of a platform capable of producing controlled external disturbances for testing adaptive vibration damping of a hydraulic crane.

Sujan Dhar
PhD Student
BS: BITS Pilani, India; MS: SUNY at Buffalo, USA
Origin: India
August 2010 - February 2014
Research Topic: CFD simulation of flow in lubricating gaps of external gear machines; Study the effect of the flow in lubricating gaps on the performance and efficiency of the gear machines.

Davide Cristofori
PhD Student
BS, MS: University of Parma
Origin: Italy
March 2010 - December 2013
Research Topic: Oscillation damping in valve controlled hydraulic machines through adaptive control strategies; Proportional valves modeling.

Omar Alonso Sanvicente Cisnero
Visiting Undergraduate Student from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico
BS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.
Origin: Mexico
June 2013 - September 2013
Research Topics: Design a "chain-less" bicycle in which the motion is transmitted by means of a hydrostatic transmission with regenerative brake capabilities.

Junjie Zhou
Visiting PhD Student from Beijing Institute of Technology, China
BS: Beijing Institute of Technology, China.
Origin: China
September 2011 - September 2013
Research Topics: Fluid properties and cavitation.

Mark W Mahuren
SURF program 2013 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
BS: Purdue University.
Origin: Fort Wayne, IN
May 2013 - August 2013
Research Topics: Prototype Actuation System for Variable Displacement Gear Machine. (reference to CEEFP project: Variable Displacement External Gear Machines)

Bixing Yan
SURF program 2013 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
BS: Purdue University.
Origin: Qinhuangdao, China
May 2013-August 2013
Research Topics: Design a hydraulically actuated platform with 2 degrees of freedom. The platform will be used support to the CCEFP research project: Active Vibration Damping of Mobile Hydraulic Machines.

Marisol Perez Garcia
Visiting Undergraduate Student
BS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.
Origin: Mexico
January 2013- May 2013
Research Topics: Numerical modeling and experimental investigation of noise generation in external gear pumps.

Jose de Jesus Alegria Cereda
Visiting Professor from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico
BS, MS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.
Origin: Mexico
January 2013 - May 2013
Research Topics: Design and control of a test rig for automatic characterization of hydraulic components.

Alessio Zanichelli
Visiting Master's student from University of Parma, Italy
BS: University of Parma, Italy.
Origin: Italy
March 2012-October 2012
Research Topics: Design and control of a test rig for automatic characterization of hydraulic components.

Roy
SURF program 2012 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
BS: Purdue University, USA.
Origin: Illinois, USA.
May 2012- August 2012
Research Topics: Experimental study of hydraulic lifting machines to improve their stability and energy efficiency.

Ashwin Mathur
SURF program 2012 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
BS: Purdue University, USA.
Origin: India.
May 2012 - August 2012
Research Topics: Design and testing of a controller to set the pressure/flow at the delivery of a variable displacement axial piston pump.

Juan Pedro Gomez Virgilio
Visiting Undergraduate Student from Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico
BS: Universidad Tecnologica de Queretaro, Mexico.
Origin: Mexico
January 2012- May 2012
Research Topics: Analysis of innovative sliding design on the performance of external gear machines.

Simone Tondelloni
Visiting Master's student from University of Parma, Italy
BS: University of Parma, Italy.
Origin: Italy
August 2011-February 2012
Research Topics: Design and realization of a versatile test-rig for the characterization of hydraulic components and systems.

Wolfgang Schweiger
Visiting PhD from Graz University of Technology, Austria
BS, MS: Graz University of Technology, Austria. Current PhD Student.
Origin: Austria
April 2011-September 2011
Research Topic: Design and optimization of internal gear ring pumps for automotive application.

Nicholas W. Louis
2011 SURF Student*
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Illinois, USA
Research Topics: Final development of a water-hydraulic test rig to be used as support for teaching activities.

Kevin Seibert
2011 SURF Student
BS: Purdue University
Origin: TX, USA
Research Topic: Modeling and instrumentation of an hydraulic crane for vibration control damping testing.

Johan Magnusson
Master's Student from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
BS: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Origin: Sweden
January 2011 - July 2011
Research Topic: CFD simulation of flow in lubricating gaps of external gear machines; Study how changes in gap modelling physics influence the simulation results.

Massimo Dall'Asta
Master's Student from University of Parma, Italy
BS: University of Parma
Origin: Italy
October 2010 - March 2011
Research Topic: Water-hydraulic test rig design; Characterization of water-hydraulic components.

Alessandro Vassena
Visiting Researcher
BS, MS: University of Parma
Origin: Italy
March 2010-November 2010
Research Topic: Optimization of hydraulic components design by means of DOE (Design of Experiments). Main case study: external gear pumps, spool valves.

Giovanni Campanella
Visiting Researcher
BS, MS: University of Parma
Origin: Italy
March 2010-November 2010
Research Topic: Study of a hybrid solution for an articulated boom lift; Testing of innovative external gear pumps design by means of DOE (Design of Experiments).

Andrew O'Bannon
2010 SURF Student*
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Indiana, USA
Research Topic: Development of a water hydraulic test rig useful as support to teaching activities.
Mehdi Alemi

Mohammad Mehdi Alemi
BS: University of Tehran
Origin: Iran
Jan 2011-Dec 2011
Jonathan Baker

Jonathan Baker
Master's Graduate
BS: Davidson College
MS: Purdue University
PhD: MIT
Origin: USA
June 2006-July 2009
Pranay Banerjee

Pranay Banerjee
Master's Graduate
BS:West Bengal University of Technology, India
MS: Purdue University
Origin: West Bengal, India
May 2016-Feb 2018
James Bartlett

Jim Bartlett
BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2008-May 2009
Jeremy Beale

Jeremy Beale
Master's Graduate
BS: University of Kentucky
Origin: North Carolina, USA
July 2014-March 2017
Hans Berg

Hans Berg
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany
Tyler Bleazard

Tyler Bleazard
Master's Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Ottawa, IL
July 2013-July 2015
Ashley Wondergem

Ashley Busquets
PhD Graduate
BS: Saginaw Valley State University
MS: Purdue University
Phd: Purdue University
Origin: Michigan, USA
August 2012-Feb 2018
Enrique Busquets

Enrique Busquets
PhD Graduate
BS: Univeristy of Texas at El Paso
MS: Purdue University
PhD: Purdue University
Origin: Mexico
July 2011-July 2016
Blake Carl

Blake Carl
Origin: USA
Gang Chen

Gang Chen
Origin: China
Sven Kelana Christiansen

Sven Kelana Christiansen
Origin: Germany
Michael Cross

Michael Cross
Master's Graduate
BS: Univeristy of Tennessee at Knoxville
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
April 2009-May 2011
Naseem Daher

Naseem Daher
PhD Graduate
BS, MS: Lawrence Technological University, MI, USA
Origin: Lebanon
Aug 2011-Aug 2014
Shekar Degaonkar

Shekar Degaonkar
Master's Graduate
BS: Dr. BA Marathwada University, India
Origin: India
July 2006-June 2009
Abhijit Dingare

Abhijit Dingare
BS: College of Engineering, Pune, India
MS: The Ohio State University
Origin: India
June 2010-December 2010
Sebastian Eggers

Sebastian Eggers
Origin: Germany
Andrew Fredrickson

Andrew Fredrickson
Master's Graduate
BS: Taylor University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2006-July 2008
Reece Garrett

Reece Garrett
Master's Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
June 2007-May 2009
Joerg Grabbel

Joerg Grabbel
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany
Hiral Haria

Hiral Haria
Master's Graduate
BS: VJTI, Mumbai University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Mumbai, India
January 2015-May 2016
Rohit Hippalgaonkar

Rohit Hippalgaonkar
PhD Graduate
B.Tech: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
M.Eng: Cornell University
Origin: India
June 2010-May 2014
Edward Hughes

Edward Hughes
BS: Purdue University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2007-April 2009
Roman Ivantysyn

Roman Ivantysyn
Master's Graduate
BS: Purdue University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Germany
May 2009-July 2011
Dongjune Kim

Dongjune Kim
Master's Graduate
BS: Yokohama National University, Japan
MS: Purdue University
Origin: South Korea
May 2011-August 2012
Taeho Kim

Taeho Kim
PhD Graduate
BS: Ajou University, South Korea
MS: KAIST, South Korea
MS: University of Florida
Origin: S. Korea
August 2012 - April 2017
Richard Klop

Richard Klop
PhD Graduate
BS: Michigan State
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
August 2005-Feb 2011
Alexander Krauss

Alexander Krauss
Origin: Germany
Matt Kronlage

Matt Kronlage
Master's Graduate
BS: Iowa State
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2009-July 2011
Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar
PhD Graduate
BS: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
MS: Purdue University
Origin: India
July 2006-Oct 2010
Rohit Kumar

Rohit Kumar
Master's Graduate
BS: Birla Institute of Technology, India
Origin: India
August 2007-Oct 2009
Hyukjoon Kwon

Hyukjoon Kwon
PhD Graduate
BS: Seoul National University
MS: Seoul National University
Phd: Purdue University
Origin: S. Korea
August 2015-February 2018
Rolf Lasaar

Rolf Lasaar
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany
Dat Le

Dat Le
July 2010-July 2011
Shinok Lee

Shinok Lee
Master's Graduate
BS: Purdue University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: South Korea
July 2008-Aug 2010
Ning Liu

Ning Liu
BS: Hunan University
MS: Hunan University
Origin: China
August 2014-May 2016
Chenhao Ma

Chenhao Ma
Master's Graduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: China
May 2013-May 2014
Jacob Mcleod

Jacob Mcleod
BS: Kettering University
Origin: Michigan, USA
August 2009-May 2010
Dusan Mikeska

Dusan Mikeska
Origin: Slovakia
Dan Mizell

Dan Mizell
PhD Graduate
BS: Michigan Technological University
Phd: Purdue University
Origin: Michigan, USA
July 2011-March 2018
Lars Olems

Lars Olems
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany
Michael Oppermann

Michael Oppermann
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany
Mrudula Orpe

Mrudula Orpe
Masters Graduate
BS: University of Pune
MS: Purdue University
Origin: India
August 2014-May 2016
Jean-Claude Ossyra

Jean-Claude Ossyra
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany
Damiano Padovani

Damiano Padovani
PhD Graduate
BS, MS: Polytechnic University of Turin
PhD: Purdue University
Origin: Italy
August 2012-July 2016
Matteo Pelosi

Matteo Pelosi
PhD Graduate
BS, MS: Università Degli Studi di Parma
Origin: Italy
Sep 2007- Mar 2012
Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters
Master's Graduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2006-August 2008
Leonardo Pinhel-Soarez

Leonardo Pinhel-Soarez
Robert Rahmfeld

Robert Rahmfeld
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany
Colleen Reidy

Colleen Reidy
BS: University of Notre Dame
Origin: New York, USA
August 2014-May 2015
Jess Benjamin Rose

Jess Rose
Master's Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Washington, USA
August 2009-June 2011
Andrew Schenk

Andrew Schenk
PhD Graduate
BS: Kettering University
Origin: Michigan, USA
PhD: July 2009-December2014
Ganesh Seeniraj

Ganesh Seeniraj
PhD Graduate
BS: College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, India
MS: Kettering University
Origin: India
PhD: August 2004-March 2009
Postdoc: August 2009-April 2011
Natalie Spencer

Natalie Spencer
Master's Graduate
BS: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Origin: Arlington, WA, USA
August 2012-June 2014
Michael Sprengel

Michael Sprengel
PhD Graduate
BS: Missouri S&T
Origin: Missouri, USA
August 2010 - December 2015
Anderson St. Hilaire

Anderson St. Hilaire
Master's Graduate
Origin: Dominicas
Phil St. Hilaire

Phil St. Hilaire
BS: Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
Origin: Island Of Dominica, Caribbean
July 2013-July 2014
Brent Earl Warr

Brent Warr
Master's Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Utah, USA
August 2009-May 2011
Uwe Wieczorek

Uwe Wieczorek
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany
Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams
PhD Graduate
MS: Purdue University
Phd: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2013-February 2018
Chris Williamson

Chris Williamson
PhD Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
August 2005-Sept 2010
Elmar Wulf

Elmar Wulf
Origin: Germany
Marco Zecchi

Marco Zecchi
PhD Graduate
MS: Università Degli Studi di Parma
Origin: Italy
April 2010 - December 2013
Minming Zhao

Minming Zhao
Master's Graduate
BS: Shanghai Jiaotong University
Origin: China
August 2010-June 2012
Josh Zimmerman

Josh Zimmerman
PhD Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
August 2006-May 2012
Juliane Bach

Juliane Bach
Visiting Researcher
BS: TU Braunschweig
Origin: Germany
September 2014-December 2014
Bjoern Bahl

Bjoern Bahl
Visiting Researcher
B.Sc.: RWTH Aachen University
Origin: Goettingen, Germany
September 2013 - December 2013
Robert Behr

Robert Behr
Origin: Germany
Mateus Bertolin

Mateus Bertolin
Visiting Scholar
BS: Federal University of Santa Catarina
Origin: Brazil
April 2016-July 2016
Aug 2017-Dec 2017
Wuyu Chen

Wuyu Chen
Visiting Scholar
B. Sc.: Linyi University
M.Sc.: Polytechnic University of Turin
Origin: China
March 2017-Oct 2017
Jiang Dan

Jiang Dan
Origin: China
Dr. Xuewen Du

Dr. Xuewen Du
Visiting Scholar
PhD: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
December 2013-December 2014
Daniel Dyminski

Daniel Dyminski
Master's Graduate
Cracow Academy of Technology
Origin: Poland
September 2005-December 2008
Jörg Edler

Dr. Jörg Edler
Visiting Scholar
M. Sc.: Graz University of Technology - Austria
Ph.D: Graz University of Technology - Austria
Origin: Austria
April 2017 - July 2017
Bruno Silva Emerick

Bruno Silva Emerick
Undergraduate Visiting Researcher
BS: Federal University of Viçosa
Origin: Brazil
May 2015-August 2016
Federica Franzoni

Federica Franzoni
Visiting Researcher
BS: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Origin: Italy
June 2009-Dec 2009
Germano Franzoni

Germano Franzoni
Origin: Italy
Anna Garcia Teruel

Anna Garcia Teruel
Visiting Researcher
BS: TU München
Origin: Barcelona, Spain
September 2014-March 2015
Dr. Hong Gao

Dr. Hong Gao
Visiting Scholar
PhD: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
June 2013-June 2014
Daniel Gronberg

Daniel Grönberg
Visiting Researcher
Origin: Sweden
Jan 2011-June 2011
Yizhu Gu

Yizhu Gu
Visiting Researcher
BS: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
July 2013-October 2013
Daniel Hasko

Daniel Hasko
Visiting Scholar
MS: Trenčín University of Alexander Dubček in Trenčín
Origin: Slovakia
November 2015-November 2017
Changchun Huang

Changchun "Max" Huang
Origin: China

Takayoshi Ichiyanagi

Takayoshi Ichiyanagi
Assistant Professor
National Defense Academy of Japan
Origin: Japan
July 2007-September 2008
Andreas Japing

Andreas Japing
Origin: Germany
Najoua Jouini

Najoua Jouini
Visiting Researcher
BS, MS: Stuttgart University
Origin: Tunisia
Sep 2006-Feb 2007
Sep 2007-Aug 2008
May 2009-Aug 2012
Donatien Keho

Donatien Keho
Master's Graduate
MS: Toulouse
Origin: France
Feburary 2008-September 2008
Petr Konarik

Petr Konarik
Origin: Czech Republic
Philipp Koppold

Philipp Koppold
Visiting Researcher
Origin: Germany
Feb 2010-Nov 2010
Jonathan Liscouet

Jonathan Liscouet
Origin: France
Tatiana Minav

Dr. Tatiana Minav
Visiting Scholar
Ing.: Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, 2008
M.Sc.: Lappeenranta University of Technology, 2008
D.Sc.: Lappeenranta University of Technology, 2011
Origin: Finland
April 2016-February 2017
Amin Mehdizadeh

Amin Mehdizadeh
Visiting Researcher
BS,MS: Shiraz University
MS: The Royal Insititute of Technology, Sweden
Origin: Iran
Dec. 2011-Aug. 2013
Giovanni Napolitano

Giovanni Napolitano
Visiting Scholar
BS: University of Naples Federico II
Origin: Italy
November 2015-May 2016
Jose Navarro

Jose Navarro
Origin: Spain
Olivier Reinertz

Dr. Olivier Reinertz
Visiting Scholar>
B. Sc.: RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Ph.D: RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Origin: Belgium
May 2017-June 2017
Dheeraj Saxena

Dheeraj Saxena
Origin: India
Martina Scamperle

Martina Scamperle
Visiting Scholar
BS: University of Padua
MS: University of Padua
Origin: Italy
November 2015-March 2016
Jan Schmidt

Jan H. Schmidt
Visiting Researcher
Diplom: TU Clausthal
Origin: Germany
August 2012-October 2012
Raphael Seifried

Raphael Seifried
Visiting Scholar
BS: Dresden University of Technology
Origin: Germany
May 2016 - October 2016
Lizhi Shang

Lizhi Shang
Visiting Researcher
BS: Huazhong University of Science and Technology
MS: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Origin: China
July 2012-Aug 2012
Wei Shen

Wei Shen
Visiting Researcher
BS: Northeast Foresty University
MS: Yan Shan University
PhD: Harbin Institude of Technology
Origin: China
Feb 2012-Mar 2013
Patrik Stegemann

Patrik Stegemann
Origin: Germany
Dr. Zhongsheng Sun

Dr. Zhongsheng Sun
Visiting Scholar
PhD: Harbin Institute of Technology
Origin: China
December 2013-December 2014
Marcel Tkocz

Marcel Tkocz
Master's Student
BS: Technical University Dresden
Origin: Germany
August 2008-May 2009
Nils Trochelmann

Nils Trochelmann
Visiting Researcher
BS: Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Origin: Hamburg, Germany
April 2014-October 2014
Toyohito Uchizono

Toyohito Uchizono
Visiting Researcher
Origin: Japan
Jan 2010-July 2011
Hideaki Usami

Hideaki Usami
Visiting Researcher
BS, MS: Meiji University
Origin: Japan
Aug 2012-Feb 2014
Andrea Vacca

Andrea Vacca
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
Università Degli Studi di Parma
Origin: Italy
June 2008-October 2008
Philipp Wagner

Philipp Wagner
Visiting Scholar
BS: Graz University of Technology
MS: Graz University of Technology
Origin: Austria
April 2016-July 2016
Dr. Dongyun Wang

Dr. Dongyun Wang
Visiting Scholar
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PhD: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
November 2014-October 2015
Dr. Tong Xing

Dr. Tong Xing
Visiting Scholar
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PhD: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
March 2014-March 2015
Marco Zecchi

Marco Zecchi
Visiting Researcher
MS: Università Degli Studi di Parma
Origin: Italy
March 2009-Nov 2009
Junwei Zhang

Junwei Zhang
Visiting Researcher
BS: Beijing Institute of Technology
Origin: China
Nov 2011-Nov 2012
Hui Zhao

Hui Zhao
Visiting Researcher
BS-Ph.D: Harbin Institute of Technology
Origin: China
Sept 2009-Sept 2010
Minming Zhao

Minming Zhao
Visiting Researcher

Origin: China
Dec 2009-April 2010
Fabian Zimber

Fabian Zimber
Visiting Researcher
BS: University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Origin: Germany
May 2012-Aug 2012
Maurizio Zullo

Maurizio Zullo
Visiting Scholar
B. Sc.: University of Naples Federico II
Origin: Italy
March 2017-Oct. 2017
Dan Ding

Dan Ding
Undergraduate Researcher
SURF 2016
BS: China Agricultural University
BS: Purdue University
Origin: China
May 2016-August 2016
Rajith Weerasinghe

Rajith Weerasingh
Undergraduate Researcher
SURF 2016
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Michigan, USA
May 2016-August 2016
Pratik Chawla

Pratik Chawla
Undergraduate Researcher
SURF 2015
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Bombay, India
May 2015-August 2015
Italo Ramos

Italo Ramos
Undergraduate Researcher
SURF 2015
BS: Federal University of Itabujá
Origin: Brazil
May 2015-August 2015
Dhruv Subramaniam

Dhruv Subramaniam
Undergraduate Researcher
SURF 2015
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Singapore
May 2015-August 2015
Andrew Adelsperger

Andrew Adelsperger
Undergraduate Researcher
SURF 2014
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Peru, Indiana, USA
May 2014-August 2014
Andy_Yang_2014

Andy Yang
Undergraduate Researcher
BS: Columbia University
Origin: Carmel, Indiana, USA
June 2014-August 2014
Jose Edgar Gomez

Jose Edgar Gomez Gomez
Undergraduate Researcher
Origin: Queretaro, Mexico
May 2013-October 2013
Jordyn Miller

Jordyn Miller
SURF 2013 Student
Origin: USA
May 2013-Aug 2013
Yangqiao Zheng

Yangqiao Zheng
SURF 2013 Student
Origin: China
May 2013-Aug 2013
Chuang Wang

Chuang (Chris) Wang
Undergraduate Researcher
BS: Purdue University
Sep 2012-Dec 2012
Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu
Undergraduate Researcher
BS: Purdue University
Sep 2012-Dec 2012
Cory Raizor

Cory Raizor
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2012
Tridib Saha

Tridib Saha
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
SROP Summer 2012
Bruce Vonniederhausern

Bruce Vonniederhausern
Undergraduate
BS: Utah State University
SURF Summer 2012
Chuang Wang

Chuang (Chris) Wang
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2012
Cary Wood

Cary Wood
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2012
Kilian Cooley

Kilian Cooley
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2011
Cheng Lu

Cheng Lu
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2011
Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2011
Enrique Busquets

Enrique Busquets
Undergraduate
BS: The University of Texas at El Paso
Origin: Torreon, Mexico
SURF Summer 2010
James Hancock

James Hancock
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Illinois, USA
SURF Summer 2010
Ben Walke

Ben Walke
Undergraduate
BS: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Origin: Pennsylvania, USA
SURF Summer 2010
Andreu Husien

Andreu Husien
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Jakarta, Indonesia
SURF Summer 2009
Paul Kalbfleisch

Paul Kalbfleisch
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Kentucky, USA
SURF Summer 2009
Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Indiana, USA
SURF Summer 2009
Nathan Strong

Nathan Strong
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Tennessee, USA
SURF Summer 2009
Nicholas Browdues

Nicholas Browdues
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2008
Michael Cross

Michael Cross
Undergraduate
BS: Univeristy of Tennessee at Knoxville
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2008
William Hinson

William Hinson
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2008
Roman Ivantysyn

Roman Ivantysyn
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Germany
Summer 2008
Katie Livergood

Katie Livergood
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue Unversity
Origin: USA
Summer 2008
Laura Rodrigeuz

Laura Rodriguez
Undergraduate
BS: Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Juarez
Origin: Mexico
SURF Summer 2008
Ivan Swandono

Ivan Swandono
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Indonesia
SURF Summer 2008
Sihle Wilson

Sihle Wilson
Undergraduate
BS: Florida A&M University
Origin: Trinidad and Tabago
SURF Summer 2008
Neil Dantam

Neil Dantam
Undergraduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2007
Jose Rivera

José Rivera
Undergraduate
BS: University of Puerto Rico at Maya Güez
Origin: Puerto Rico
SURF Summer 2007
Elvis Ulloa

Elvis Ulloa
Undergraduate
BS: University of Puerto Rico at Maya Güez
Origin: Puerto Rico
SURF Summer 2007
Donnell Cunningham

Donnell Cunningham
Undergraduate
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2006
Edat Kaya

Edat Kaya
Maha Lab Manager
Dipl.-Eng.: Hamburg University of Applied Science
Origin: Germany
August 2005-May 2011
Francis Grover

Francis Grover
Visiting High School Student
Jefferson High School, Lafayette, IN
Origin: Lafayette, IN
September 2009-March 2010

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