ANDREA VACCA is the Maha Chair for Fluid Power Systems at Purdue University and he leads Purdue's Maha Fluid Power Research Center. He obtained his MSc at the University of Parma and his doctorate in Energy Systems at the University of Florence. He has written over 150 technical papers on fluid power technology and was awarded the 2019 Joseph Bramah Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for contributions to fluid power research.
GERMANO FRANZONI obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2006 from the University of Parma, Italy. Since then, he has worked in the Hydraulics Industry, both in Europe and USA. He is currently part of the Mobile Systems Engineering team for North America at Parker Hannifin. He specializes in systems design, business development and R&D. He works side by side with the major OEMs in the construction, mining, vocational truck and military markets. He holds two patents and has several patent pending applications. He is author of several scientific papers and has presented at various fluid power conferences and symposia.