Besides my eagerness to witness the glitz of Las Vegas for the very first time (none of my friends have had their bachelorette parties here yet—imagine that!), I can't wait to see some of the sights that will be on display at the International Fluid Power Exposition in the Las Vegas Convention Center. IFPE will begin on March 7, with college-level courses beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 6. See you there!
1. Back to School
On Monday, March 6, the day before the show, I'll be heading to the convention center to go "back to school." I will be taking notes for a college-level course called "The Fundamentals of Electrohydraulic Systems" taught by Dr. Medhat Khalil, director of professional education, Milwaukee School of Engineering. Dr. Khalil is the chair of the 2017 IFPE Education Course Committee, and just recently released Volume 2 of his textbook, Introduction to Hydraulics for Industry Professionals. The course will offer the basics on how to design safe fluid power systems, along with everyday basics of hydraulic and pneumatic circuits and components. To register for this course and others on the following days of the show, go to www.ifpe.com/visit/education. College-level courses will be located at Westgate-Pavillion 6; they will span 4 hours.
In addition, the Energy Efficient Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference (EEHPC) will begin on Wednesday, March 8th. I hope to find the time to attend courses like Using Electronics to Improve Efficiency and Productivity (Hydraulics) to understand how systems can become more efficient using technologies available today. The courses will touch on electronics and programming so that fluid power professionals can know what skills are important as the industry evolves toward smart and continuously monitored systems. These courses will be located in South Hall 3 at rooms S233 and S232.