Parker’s ‘Stretch Your Mind’ Challenge Puts Engineering Students to the Test 

January 26, 2016 – Sunnyvale, Calif. – Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technology, is giving engineering students a chance to win a share of $25,000 and an opportunity to learn and work in one of Europe’s centers for Science and Education.

The Stretch Your Mind Engineering Challenge gives university students an opportunity to design and create an original market solution utilizing Electroactive Polymer (EAP) sensor Technology. And it gives professors and engineering departments the ability to bring real-world experience to the classroom. In addition to a cash prize, winning teams are eligible for an International Engineering Experience, where they will work with research teams at Germany’s Saarland University to continue their work with EAP.

To enter the challenge, students must create a team of up to five members to develop an application using EAP. Schools can have multiple teams. Teams can register online at Submissions are due May 1, 2016, and winners will be announced June 1.

“This is a great opportunity for tomorrow’s engineers to help solve today’s engineering challenges and work with our organization,” says Hooman Nazari, Parker Engineer. “It’s also an opportunity for schools and faculty to present a real-world experience to their students in the design and development of a solution, as well as its deployment to market. The Challenge opens the door to learning about new technologies, smart materials, entrepreneurship and product engineering.”

EAP is a stretchable dielectric polymer that has significant potential in sensor applications. Potential uses include measuring mechanically and thermally induced strain in industrial, structural and medical applications.

For more information about the Challenge and EAP technology, go to

About Parker Hannifin

With annual sales of approximately $13 billion in fiscal year 2015, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 55,000 people in 50 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 59 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's website at, or its investor information website at

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