MAE embraces connections with industry partners at all levels, advancing science, technology and innovation to solve national and global problems. Once such collaboration is the result of the combined efforts of MAE and Ohio State University’s Industry Liaison Office (ILO), launched in 2008 to enhance economic development opportunities in Ohio and beyond by connecting business and industry to the university.

“We foster mutually beneficial relationships with partners worldwide by aligning OSU differentiated capabilities with their needs,” said Dan Kramer, ILO’s director. “Often, our researchers create breakthroughs and discoveries that we recognize as being on the leading edge of a partner’s future roadmap so we can catalyze symbiotic relationships.”

Quote 1 2015 A generous grant received by K. (Cheena) Srinivasan, Professor in MAE, from the Foundation arm of Parker Hannifin, a $13 billion diversified manufacturer of motion control technologies and systems worldwide, helped set the stage for a two-day joint technical interchange meeting in 2013 involving 18 Parker Hannifin technical personnel, Ohio State faculty and staff to identify areas of potential collaboration. Seed grants were provided to OSU faculty members to support interactions with Parker Hannifin staff and identify underlying research issues that were relevant to industry needs.

One outcome of these interactions was a research project to address the reduction of scrap in the extrusion of nylon hoses involving Vishnu Sundaresan, assistant professor in MAE, and Parflex, a manufacturing division of Parker Hannifin Corporation in Ravenna, Ohio. Phase one of this project became a research thesis for Paul Gilmore’s master’s degree in mechanical engineering. From the research, Ohio State has demonstrated the technical viability of the solution developed which Parflex will incorporate into their hose manufacturing process. Sundaresan and Parflex will continue this project into 2016, incorporating the results of Gilmore’s thesis into the hose manufacturing line.

“It was a great match,” said Peter Buca, Vice President for Technology & Innovation for Parker Hannifin’s Fluid Connector’s Group and one of several key supporters of the partnership. “It’s a win-win for us to have Ohio State’s relevant expertise at our disposal and to give aspiring engineers opportunity for experiential learning in a real-world setting.” Other Parker Hannifin advocates of the project are Steven Powell and Scott Burrowbridge of Parflex.

Sundaresan commended Gilmore’s role in the project. “His contributions have helped make the collaboration a success,” Sundaresan said. “It’s a great example of combining theory with practical application in solving today’s engineering and manufacturing problems.”

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