Dr. Jose Garcia has been involved in several local and statewide recruitment events, where he was able to develop short workshops in fluid power and STEM. He is also working on the development of a new generation of hydraulic components and systems that can operate using environmentally friendlier fluids. Dr. Garcia has plans to actively continue the development of practical teaching tools that bring industry applications to the classroom.
r. Brittany Newell is an assistant professor at Purdue University in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute School of Engineering Technology. Brittany received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. She then worked in industry as a Quality Manager for a contract manufacturing company before joining the Purdue faculty. Brittany completed her Ph.D. in the field of electroactive polymers for industrial applications. He current research interests are focused on adaptive structures, energy transduction, and methods of manufacturing these materials. She focuses on additive manufacturing techniques for material sensors and actuators and their characterization and production.
Erika Bonnett is an Extension Specialist-4-H Program Development at Virginia Tech. She recently finished her Ph.D. at Purdue University, Purdue Polytechnic with a focus on engineering education and fluid power education in a K-12 setting. Dr. Bonnett has experience working with the Cooperative Extension system as an educator and specialist for Purdue, Virginia Tech, and Texas A&M.
Jorge Leon-Quiroga received a bachelor degree (2015) and a master degree (2017) in mechanical engineering from the University of the Andes (Bogota, Colombia). He has research experience in CFD (Computational fluid dynamics), fluid power, and vehicle dynamics. In August 2017, he started with his doctoral studies at Purdue University. Currently, his research interests are hydraulic hybrid vehicles, and vehicle dynamics.
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