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Engineering technology and management student awarded national fluid power scholarship

Marissa McDaid | Aug 13, 2019

Engineering technology and management student awarded national fluid power scholarship

Marissa McDaid | Aug 13, 2019

Engineering technology and management (ETM) student Cole Stephan has received one of 12 National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Scholarships for 2019 worth $2,000.

Awarded by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation, the scholarships aim to increase interest at high schools, technical colleges and universities in fluid power studies.

Associate Professor of ETM Yuqiu You recommended Stephan, a student in her hydraulics and pneumatics class, for the scholarship.

“He’s a dedicated student working hard in the class, and won a Parker Scholarship for outstanding performance in this course,” said You. “Cole also worked for me as a PACE student, in the position of mechatronics engineer, and has done terrific job.”

You’s class is what opened Stephan’s eyes to the real-world application of fluid power applications. His research project “Optimizing a PID control on an Electrohydaulic System” took first place at the 2019 OHIO Student Expo in April.  

Growing up, Stephan garnered an interest in engineering as he learned more about his grandfather’s own engineering career.

“He brought his problem-solving skills into all aspects of his life,” said Stephan. “His intellect and interpersonal skills were something that I wanted to possess... I always want to know how things work and why they interact with each other. Engineering held the key to unlock the world around me.”

Stephan will continue to work in You’s lab this fall through the PACE program as an electrohydraulics engineer.