CCEFP Summit

CCEFP Summit at the University of Minnesota
May 19-21, 2020

Postponed to September 22-24, 2020

 The Summit is a bi-annual meeting for the fluid power industry and academic researcher collaborators in the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power.  The Summit connects industry to university resources and talent through technical presentations, networking opportunities, facility tours of the host university, and special features. To conclude the event, the Summit offers a closed-door meeting of the CCEFP Industry Engagement Committee (IEC).


Day 1:

1:30-4:00PM Short Course*: Python & Big Data ME 1130
*Minimum of 10 registrations needed to host course
6:00PM Networking Dinner & Brewery Tour Surly Brewery

Day 2:

7;30 AM Welcoming remarks and continental breakfast ME 1130
7:45 AM Fluid Power Energy Conversion & Storage
  • Modeling and Optimization of Trajectory-Based HCCI Combustion. Zongxuan Sun, U of Minnesota
  • Distributed Compact Hydraulic Regenerative Braking for Heavy Duty Transport Vehicles. Jose Garcia, Purdue
  • Increasing the Efficiency of Wind Turbines through Understanding of their Transient Responses. Kim Stelson, U of Minnesota
9:15 AM Break
9:30 AM Coatings and Fluids Efficiency Improvement
  • Polymer-Enhanced Fluid Effects on Mechanical Efficiency of Hydraulic Pumps. Paul Michael, MSOE and Ashlie Martini, UCA-Merced
  • Dynamics of Rolling Friction in Soft-Rigid Interface. Michael Varenberg, GeorgiaTech
  • Off-road Duty Cycles.  Ken Kelly, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Special Topics Guest Presentations
  • Tentative: Special guest presentation from National Labs
  • “Desalination Project” Jim Van de Ven, University of Minnesota
12:15 PM Networking Lunch ME 1130
1:30 PM Pumps, Motors, and Valves Efficiency Improvements
  • Efficient, Compact, and Smooth Variable Propulsion Motor. Jim Van de Ven, U of Minnesota
  • Hydraulic Ankle Foot Orthosis for Prescription of Orthoses for Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Will Durfee, U of Minnesota
  • High Efficiency Hydraulic Pump-Motors Employing Partial Stroke Piston Pressurization. Tom Chase, U of Minnesota
  • High Performance Piezoelectric Pneumatic Proportional Valve. Tom Chase, U of Minnesota
3:30 PM University of Minnesota Lab and Facility Tours (tentative options)
  • The Visible Heart Laboratory
  • Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center
  • CSE Characterization Lab
  • CSE Nanofabrication Lab
6:00 PM Networking Dinner and Research Poster Show McNamara Alumni Center

Day 3:

7:30 AM Welcoming Remarks & continental breakfast ME 1130
8:00 AM Fluid and Electric Power Integration
  • Seamless Electric to Hydraulic Conversion. Eric Severson, U of Wisconsin-Madison, and Jim Van de Ven, U of Minnesota
  • Individual Electro-Hydraulic Actuators for Off-road Machines. Andrea Vacca, Purdue
  • Hybrid Hydraulic-Electric Architecture for Mobile Machines. Perry Li, U of Minnesota
9:30 AM Break
10:00 AM IEC Closed-Door Meeting
11:30 AM Adjourn, box lunches to go




Please REGISTER for the event by Friday, May 15, 2020.

Participant Type Conference Rate Optional Short Course Optional Ticket for Dinner Guest
CCEFP Industry Members $425.00 $225.00 $50.00
NFPA Pascal Society Members $475.00 $295.00 $50.00
Other Guests $475.00 $295.00 $50.00
Media $225.00 $75.00 $50.00
Faculty, staff, students $0.00 $75.00 $50.00







University of Minnesota
Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME 1130
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


The Graduate Hotel
615 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Negotiated Rate of $169.00 / night + taxes and fees

Group Name: CCEFP Group
Reservation deadline:

To reserve a room online, click here.
To reserve a room by phone, call 612-379-8888, press 1 for reservations and ask for the CCEFP Summit.

Available airports for travel to Minneapolis, MN include:

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) – Terminal 1 includes Air Canada, Air Choice One, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) – Terminal 2 includes Condor, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines


The CCEFP Summit will be held on the University of Minnesota campus within walking distance to the Graduate Hotel and each dinner venue. To get to campus from the airport, take the Metro Transit Lightrail Blue Line to the US Bank Stadium Station, transfer to the Green Line, depart at the East Bank Station.  Other options include Uber/Lyft or taxi or rental vehicle. On-campus parking is available for $12/day at the following ramps:

  • Washington Ave Ramp at 501 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • University Ave Ramp at 1926 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Fourth Street Ramp at 1625 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455


Guests on campus may use the UofM-Guest network at no charge. Recent efforts have increased the bandwidth and capacity of this network, but the network has no encryption. 

Academic visitors from institutions that participate in the eduroam network may sign-in by using the full email address and affiliated password to login to eduroam. 


Alyssa Burger, CCEFP

612-964-3996 voice or text

Mike Gust, CCEFP

612-839-5243 voice or text