Opening General Session: Keynote Address

Monday, May 20, 2019 | 10:30 am - Noon
Omni Nashville Hotel

Racing into the Future - Impact of Tribology on Vehicle Electrification
Jeff Hemphill, Chief Technical Officer, Americas with Schaeffler Group USA Inc., has been named as the keynote speaker for the 2019 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 19-23 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee (USA).

Racing into the Future - Impact of Tribology on Vehicle Electrification

Electric mobility is quickly moving from someday to today as electric cars are becoming common, and even electric scooters and bikes are entering the mobility scene. The benefits of electrification are many, including reduced emissions and maintenance, and improved performance. It is also unsettling to many engineers who have spent a career enabling conventional engines and transmissions. While the needs of electric powertrains are different, the fundamentals are the same. We have been learning about those needs on the racetrack, through Formula E, as well as in conventional automotive powertrains. This talk will share some of these lessons and point the way of future tribology efforts.

About Jeff Hemphill​​
Jeff Hemphill currently serves as Chief Technical Officer, Americas, for Schaeffler Group USA Inc., and is responsible for research and new product development for automotive transmission, engine, chassis, as well as industrial components and systems. His scope of responsibilities also encompasses IT and digitalization functions, which include facilitating the integration of digital capability into Schaeffler’s new products and business models. Jeff started his career at Schaeffler as a machinist and co-op student while earning a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from The University of Akron. He also holds an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from MIT. He has over 30 years of experience in automotive and industrial product development, including manufacturing, product design, testing and vehicle development, and has 79 patents filed or issued.


Jeff Hemphill
Chief Technical Officer, Americas, Schaeffler Group USA Inc.