University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Kim A. Stelson

College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor
Director, Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power

Office: ME 311
Phone: 612-626-7168

Sc. D. 1982, S. M. 1977, Mechanical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. 1974, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University



Major research is in fluid power. The NSF supported Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid is developing the next generation of fluid power that is compact, efficient and effective (see This will lead to large energy savings in current application and create a new generation of un-tethered human scale fluid power devices. The center is demonstrating these capabilities on five test beds: an energy efficient excavator, hydraulic hybrid passenger car, rescue robot, orthosis and fluid powered hand tools.


Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power