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The Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M is pleased to announce partnerships with three professional organizations that will facilitate cooperative efforts in promoting professional workforce development and research activities on a global level.   Cooperative partnerships have been established between the Turbo Lab and the Global Power and Propulsion Society, The Hydraulic Institute, and The Vibration Institute.

Dr. Eric Petersen, Director of the Turbo Lab, recognizes each entity has unique strengths and focus areas that blend well with the mission of the Turbo Lab.   This includes developing continuing education programs for industry practitioners to improve their working knowledge, and aids the Turbo Lab in investigating areas where research is needed to supplement and expand the body of knowledge needed for industry in the future. “The Turbo Lab has an extensive history of supporting industry through our symposia that includes the Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia that now is heading into its 50th anniversary.  Our efforts expanded to a global presence through symposia in the Middle East, and now in the Asia Pacific.   By partnering with these outstanding organizations, we will be able to bring more awareness of a wide range of training and professional education programs through expanded access to more expertise.   These relationships also will aid the Turbo Lab faculty in developing new areas of research by understanding evolving needs in emerging fields.”  

The Turbo Lab Director of Global and Corporate Partnerships, Mr. Greg Gammon, has worked over the past two years to develop these relationships with a focus on broadening access to knowledge for engineers and technicians working with rotating equipment systems.  “Turbo Lab has worked with each of these organizations on an informal basis for several years, and through these interactions has recognized an opportunity to combine our strengths in order to better serve the interests of industry.”

Gammon also says that these partnerships will benefit all the organizations through expansion of cooperative marketing efforts.  “One of the largest obstacles in delivering important training and education programs to working practitioners is simply making those people and companies aware that these opportunities exist.  Each of the entities, including Turbo Lab, will support this through various marketing activities.  Sharing these promotional resources gives everyone a better chance of success, and better serves the interests of industry as well.”  Gammon states that the Turbo Lab also will be working with the partners to identify where new cooperative programs can be established, both technically and geographically.

Bob Sayer, immediate past president of Vibration Institute worked with Turbo Lab to help forge this partnership. "The partnership between TEES Turbomachinery Laboratory and Vibration Institute, along with GPPS and Hydraulic Institute, brings together four organizations considered leading authorities in their respective industries that will benefit the membership of each.  The Vibration Institute looks forward to participating in this partnership."

Michael Michaud, Executive Director of the Hydraulic Institute has worked with the Turbomachinery Laboratory for the past few years do provide additional benefits to their membership. “We have worked on an informal basis before to promote each other’s programs and develop some ideas of where we can expand activities in the future.  This partnership now enables us to look toward creating additional benefits for both organizations and enhance our services to industry.”

Prof. Reza Abhari, Chairman of the GPPS Executive Committee says that GPPS looks forward to advancing an environment for an open exchange of ideas with the Turbomachinery Laboratory. “We embrace the continuous change in the world and see it as a chance to shape the power and propulsion industries together. Broadening our networks and facilitating in-depth interaction amongst various stakeholders from technology and science, business and policy sectors will create numerous learning and growth paths.”

For additional information on the Turbomachinery Laboratory and its partnerships, visit https://turbolab.tamu.edu/partners

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