U of M to house $21 million fluid-power research center

Discovering ways to reduce fuel consumption, developing devices for people with mobility impairments, and designing state-of-the-art rescue robots are just three of the goals of a new multimillion-dollar research center that will be based at the University of Minnesota.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a $15 million, five-year grant that will support the new Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. More than 50 industry partners will augment NSF funding with $3 million, and seven universities involved in the center will contribute an additional $3 million.

Professor Kim Stelson and Associate Professor Perry Li of the Department of Mechanical Engineering will serve as director and deputy director of the center. Professor Will Durfee will serve as the center's director of education and outreach.

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