The Fluid Power Technology Conference will return to the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Kern Center on May 16-17. Fluid Power World is pleased to announce that Allen Carlson, University of Florida, College of Engineering, and retired CEO, Sun Hydraulics Corp., will open the conference with a keynote presentation.
Titled, “Building a winning engineering team for the coming decade,” the presentation will focus on the importance of technology, innovation and entrepreneurism as key drivers in today’s high tech fast paced economy. To accelerate this requires an education system that expands both capability and capacity. It also requires a pipeline of STEM talent coupled with business and leadership acumen. Carlson also recently spoke to Paul Heney, Editorial Director, with more thoughts on the importance of making technical education more local.
Carlson will provide perspectives and thoughts on how to succeed at building a strong and sustainable technical work force. He will draw upon his own experience from working in the fluid power industry with assignments in engineering, marketing, operations and concluding as the CEO of Sun Hydraulics. In addition, his current initiative with the University of Florida’s Sarasota Innovation Station will provide yet another perspective.
Carlson has more than 40 years experience in the fluid power industry. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Sun Hydraulics Corp. from May 2000 to March 31, 2016. He joined Sun Hydraulics Corp. in March 1996 and served as its Vice President from January 2000 to May 2000. From October 1977 to March 1996, he held various engineering, marketing and management positions for Vickers Inc.
He is active on the boards of Sun Hydraulics Corp., Tervis Tumbler, and Mayville Engineering Company, Inc., and is a regent at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He also serves on local and regional boards for Junior Achievement. Carlson is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
For a complete schedule and to register, visit www.fluidpowertechconference.com.