December 20, 1996

New hydraulics laboratory dedicated at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A new laboratory that offers students hands-on training in pneumatics and hydraulics was dedicated Thursday (12/19) at Purdue University.

The Parker Fluid Power Laboratory was made possible by a $120,000 gift from the Parker Hannifin Corp. of Cleveland, Ohio.

The laboratory is in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building, and it includes equipment designed and built by Parker Hannifin.

Richard J. Schwartz, dean of the Schools of Engineering, said the lab fits with Purdue's educational goals: "Purdue University is known for the hands-on education its engineering students receive," he said. "Parker Hannifin's generous gift will strengthen that tradition by providing new opportunities for students to learn about hydraulics in a laboratory setting."

Vincent Bralts, head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, said the lab exposes students to an increasingly important area in engineering. "Fluid power technology is growing in importance, and therefore the need for more effective education and training in this discipline is a necessary area for continuing emphasis at Purdue," he said. "We are grateful for the support of Parker Hannifin in making this important educational resource available."

Parker Hannifin is the worldwide leader in the manufacture and design of motion and control components, which are used in many industries, including aerospace.

CONTACTS: Dee Gillespie, assistant to the head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, (765) 494-1181

D. Logan, director of communications, Parker Hannifin, (216) 531-3000, ext. 2752

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