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DAA: John K. Oelslager

John K. Oelslager

Mantua, OH | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1998

Rarely does a person find enough drive, challenge, and determination to spend an entire career improving one company.  Since his graduation from Purdue University,  Mr. Oelslager has been with Parker Hannifin Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, and his contributions to the company have been remarkable. Today, Mr. Oelslager, a native of Warren County, Indiana, is president of the Automation Group at Parker Hannifin. Parker Hannifin is a $4.1 billion global manufacturer of components and systems used to control motion and pressurized fluids, including many types of controls, drives, and hydraulic components used in many agricultural machines.  The company employs an astounding 33,000 persons worldwide.  As one of these persons, Mr. Oelslager has been instrumental in the management of several divisions, such as the filter division and the cylinder division.  In July of 1995, he was appointed Vice-President of the Motion and Control Group.  In 1997, he assumed his present position. Over the span of his career, Mr. Oelslager has returned to West Lafayette many times, speaking to Purdue students in the classroom .  He not only emphasizes the intellectual and factual aspects of success in the agricultural engineering field, but also stresses the importance of maintaining integrity and service in a well-balanced career.  Due to Mr. Oelslager’s direct endorsement of Purdue’s agricultural engineering programs and their students, Parker Hannifin has recruited several recent graduates, and now offers employment to four to six graduates each year.  Parker-Hannifin also offers several undergraduate scholarships, and has donated upwards of $120,000 worth of equipment to Purdue’s teaching laboratories. In addition to his responsibilities to Parker-Hannifin, Mr. Oelslager is also a member of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and the Manufacturers Alliances for Productivity Improvement (MAPI). For contributions to his profession and community, and for bringing distinction to his alma mater, Purdue University School of Agriculture is proud to present the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Mr. John Oelslager.