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Featured Members

This area of the website is designed to give our members the chance to share their membership experience, providing their perspective and insights to other members. This is also a great way to "meet" colleagues you will run into at STLE events, including the Annual Meeting and IJTC. You can even use this as a starting off point and utilize the directory to contact members who have similar research interests, experiences with STLE, hobbies, or other similarities that resonate with you!

If you'd like to be included as a featured member, simply send the following to klemar@stle.org: a photo, a short bio (1 paragraph), and your thoughts on your STLE membership including how you found/initially joined STLE, how you've gotten involved with STLE, why you are a loyal STLE member including membership benefits you use the most, anything else you'd like to highlight about your membership, and if you'd like to include it - a little bit about you - your hobbies and other interests.

Alphabetical Listing
  • Nicolas Argibay, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories
  • James Arner, Lubricant Business Manager, Chevron Lubricants Canada Inc.
  • Robert Austin, Senior Chemist, QualiChem Inc.
  • Ewa A. Bardasz, Technical Fellow, The Lubrizol Corporation
  • Gregory A. Bell, Senior Engineering Associate, Dupont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts, Performance Lubricants Business
  • Lynn Billings, Research and Development Product Specialist in Specialty Fluids and Greases, Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., Division of Suncor Energy
  • John M. Burke, Global Director of Engineering Services, Houghton International
  • Jerry P. Byers, Manager of Cimcool® Product Research & Development, Cimcool Fluid Technologies LLC
  • Neil Canter, Owner, Chemical Solutions
  • Chad Chichester, Lubricants Application Engineer, Dow Corning Corporation, Molykote® Lubricants
  • Yip-Wah Chung, Professor, Northwestern University
  • Chuck Coe, President, Grease Technology Solutions, LLC
  • Rachel Colbert, PhD Student, University of Florida
  • Andrew Cross, PhD Student, Purdue University
  • Chris DellaCorte, Senior Research Tribologist, NASA's Glenn Research Center
  • Peter Drechsler, Senior Tribological Specialist, The Timken Company
  • Michael T. Dugger, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Multiscale Metallurgical Science and Technology Department, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Ali Erdemir, Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Arup Gangopadhyay, Technical Leader, Lubrication Science and Mechanical Friction, Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • Victor Gober, Research Chemist, Elco Corporation
  • Aaron Greco, Researcher in the Tribology Group, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Paul R. Grives, Global Industrial Marketing Advisor, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties
  • Hooshang Heshmat, Leading-Founder and Technical Director at Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc., (MiTi)
  • Paul W. Hetherington, Senior Technical Services Advisor, Petro-Canada Lubricants
  • Robert D. Heverly, Technical Sales Representative, R.T. Vanderbilt
  • Lou Honary, Professor and Founding Director, National Ag-Based Lubricants Center at the University of Northern Iowa
  • Ken Hope, PAO Technology Research Fellow, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • John K. Howell, Vice President, GHS Resources, Inc.
  • David Huitink, Graduate Student at Texas A&M
  • Said Jahanmir, President and CEO, MiTiHeart Corporation; Vice President for Biotechnology, Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (MiTi)
  • Harman Khare, PhD candidate, University of Delaware
  • Patrick Kilbane, Business Development Manager, ALS Tribology
  • Richard Kraska, President, GHS Resources, Inc.
  • Peter M. Lee, Principal Engineer – Tribologist, Fuels and Lubricants Research Division, Southwest Research Institute
  • Hong Liang, Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University
  • Xin Z. Liu, Ph.D. student, University of Pennsylvania
  • Khalid Malik, Senior Engineer, Ontario Power Generation
  • Martin C. Marinack, Jr., Ph.D. student, Particle Flow & Tribology Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ashlie Martini, Assistant Professor, University of California Merced
  • Ted McClure, Consultant, TribSys LLC
  • Les Miller, V.P. Engineering, Kaydon Bearings
  • Hamidreza Mohseni, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Texas
  • Edward Myers, Lubrication Engineer, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties
  • Frederick J. Passman, Principal, Biodeterioration Control Associates, Inc.
  • Charles H. Paxton, Technical Consultant, General Motors Corporation
  • Jack Poley, Technical Director, Kittiwake-Americas
  • Kuarlal Rampersad, Consultant
  • Aracely Rocha, Quality and Reliability Engineer, Intel
  • Gary Rodak, President, Machining Efficiencies, Inc.
  • Keun Ryu, Senior Engineer, Basic Development Team within Global Product Development, BorgWarner Turbo Systems
  • Valentina Serra-Holm, Market Manager, Nynas AB
  • Raj Shah, Director, Koehler Instrument Company
  • Paul Shiller, Research Scientist, The University of Akron, Timken Surface Engineering Laboratory
  • Donald Smolenski, Technical Fellow, General Motors' Research and Development Center
  • Paul Sutor, Lead for the Tribology and Fundamental Testing Team in Global Components, Chevron Oronite Company LLC
  • Allison Toms, Technical Director, GasTOPS Inc.
  • Keith Tully, Technical Sales Manager, Fuels and Lubricants, UFA Cooperative Ltd.
  • Q. Jane Wang, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Northwestern University
  • Evan Zabawski, Senior Reliability Specialist, Fluid Life

James Arner

Lubricant Business Manager, Chevron Lubricants Canada Inc., Ontario (Canada)

Bio: Mr. James (Jim) Arner received an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.  He first started as a chemist working for Texaco Canada Inc and moved through several different positions over the years, developing his skills and knowledge of the lubricants business.  After several mergers and acquisitions, he is now a Lubricant Business Manager working for Chevron Lubricants Canada Inc.  Graduating with a degree in chemistry gave him a baseline of knowledge but attending seminars like those conducted by the STLE helped provide him with the depth of understanding of the lubricants business.  In turn, he has actively supported the STLE at the local and international levels, chairing the Toronto Section committees for Membership, Directory, Sponsors and ultimately becoming the Toronto Section Chair.   He progressed to the national level serving as Eastern Canada Regional Vice-President and currently a Director, plus he Chaired the Oil Monitoring Analyst Certification Committee.  Mr. Arner has earned the STLE certifications of CLS, OMA I, and OMA II.

Jim's Member Story: "My supervisor brought to my attention that there was a dinner meeting of the local section and asked me to attend on his behalf.  He said I’d get to hear an interesting presentation that would help my knowledge of the lubricants industry, that I’d get to rub elbows with many established lubrication experts in the region, and that my company would pay for dinner.  He had me when I heard free food, definitely a better option compared to my bachelor cooking skills! Well for the next few years I probably attended 80% of all the local dinner meetings as a guest and even attended a few from the neighbouring Hamilton Section as well.  Finally the local section approached me to consider helping on the local executive.  This required a change in our company policy as we could have only one member from a department, and so with some discussion the company then said it was okay for to me become a member and help on the executive.  Well my very first role was as Membership co-chair and my job was to get other young people to become members as well. To cut my long story short, although my membership status does not show it, I’ve been an active STLE participant for 32 years now and have gained so much over the years.  My number one philosophy is that you only get out of something what you put in.  I have learned so much from the STLE and gained valued friendships and business contacts from my participation in the STLE.  Even with all the effort I’ve put in, returning my time to the society in various roles, I still feel that I’ve gotten more back from the organization than I put in.  My goals now are to mentor our next generation tribologists."

Jim recently taught in the Basic Lubrication education course at the 2011 STLE Annual Meeting. Read more about the course here.

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Ewa A. Bardasz

Technical Fellow, The Lubrizol Corporation, Ohio (USA)

Bio: Dr. Bardasz received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology.  During her career she has worked for various  technical companies including Exxon Research & Engineering, Union Camp, and The Lubrizol Corporation. Dr. Bardasz’s technical expertise includes energy technology, environmental engineering, engine technologies, advanced lubricants and fuels, tribology, surface engineering, and advanced materials. Dr. Bardasz has published numerous technical peer reviewed papers, contributed chapters to  technical books, and holds over 25 US and international patents covering diverse subjects related to crankcase lubrication, corrosion protection, and advanced materials. She was an active member of the DOE sponsored DECSE (Diesel Emission Control – Sulfur Effects) program and the DOE sponsored APBF-DEC (Advanced Petroleum Based Fuels – Diesel Emission Control) Project. In addition, Dr. Bardasz has been teaching several professional seminars: Modern Fluids for Crankcase Engines, Improving Fuel Efficiency with Engine Oils, and Diesel Engine Technology Academy, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Ewa's Member Story: "Being an active member of STLE has helped me in many ways. I was able to develop novel technical skills that enhance my value to my employer via active participation in a variety of technical meetings as well as informal discussions with colleagues during these gatherings. Being a member has also provided many networking opportunities to connect to a vast range of tribologists and lubrication engineers including STLE local section meetings, annual meetings, and so on. I have also been presented with continuous learning opportunities while serving as a reviewer of numerous technical papers. I have learned innumerable lessons on the spirit of serving as I have served STLE as a secretary, vice-chairman, and chairman of the Cleveland section, and most recently on the Board of Directors, which has enabled me to extend and advance my leadership skills."

Ewa was a course instructor for the Advanced Lubrication Course at the 2011 STLE Annual Meeting.

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Gregory A. Bell

Senior Engineering Associate with Dupont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts, Performance Lubricants Business, Delaware (USA)

Bio: Mr. Bell joined Dupont in 1974 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.  His background includes assignments in R & D, production, safety, and maintenance.  For the last 20 years he has been responsible for technical service and product development for Krytox® Performance Lubricants.  He is a member of the National Lubricating Grease Institute, the Society of Tribologists and Lubricating Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He has presented and published a paper entitled “Effect of PTFE particle characteristics on Grease Formulation and Performance” at the NLGI annual meeting.  He presents an annual section on fluorinated fluids at the STLE Annual meeting synthetic lubricants training course.  He is the Author of a chapter on Perfluoropolyethers in the CRCTribology Data Handbook and in the CRC book, Synthetics, Mineral Oils and Bio Based Lubricants.  Has patents for grease thickeners and improved oils.  Was a consultant for the History Channel presentation titled: Modern Marvels – Lube Job. Has authored numerous articles on lubrication, safety  and maintenance best practices. 

Greg's Member Story: "I joined STLE as an individual member in 1992 when I began working with the Krytox® Performance Lubricants business.  I switched our membership to a Corporate membership later after seeing how much value there was in the training programs.  In my prior job as maintenance engineer and maintenance manager I had struggled with bearing and lubrication issues and reliability of equipment.  My first basic lubrication training class answered almost all of my questions and helped provide solutions to several long term problems.  I have learned something new at every Annual Meeting I have attended and working as an instructor in the synthetics course has helped me improve my presentation skills which has helped me in my daily job performance.  The shared knowledge and support of the lubrication community has made my job much easier knowing that I can get answers to the toughest questions.  Being involved with the TV program Modern Marvels "Lube Job" was an exciting event that was made possible by my membership."

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John M. Burke

Global Director of Engineering Services, Houghton International, Ohio (USA)

Bio: John is the Global Director of Engineering Services at Houghton International. He received his degree (B.S.) in Engineering from the University of Dayton. John has had extensive experience and recognition for his hard work. He has received multiple awards for Waste Minimization, including the Presidential Award in 1991, and the Governor’s Award in the states of Ohio and Tennessee. John has multiple patents including five in the United States, 3 in Canada, and 2 in Europe, as well as several pending. John is an instructor in STLE Metalworking Fluid education course. He is a Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist (CMFS) and STLE Fellow.

John's Member Story: "I read an article in the ASLE Lubrication Engineering journal back in the late 1970’s. The article was well done but I had never heard of ASLE. I felt there was much to gain by being a member so that is why I joined. Of course ASLE became STLE a few years later. I have stayed with STLE all these years because I enjoy the knowledge transfer at local chapter events as well as the annual meetings. I always leave each meeting with several good ideas that makes participation in STLE a worthwhile experience. It is great to meet the variety of professionals at these events either by attending their presentations or meeting them in the hallways or at the reception. Being raised to the level of STLE fellow is the highlight of my career."

John did our inaugural webinar on Volatile Organic Compounds and a new test method he helped develop. This presentation is provided for free as a preview of STLE webinars. You can download it by visiting the STLE Store.

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Neil Canter

Owner, Chemical Solutions, Pennsylvania (USA)

Bio: Dr. Neil Canter runs his own consulting company which works to provide product development, technical support, market analysis and regulatory assistance to the lubricant industry. Dr. Canter writes various articles for TLT, including the monthly installment of Tech Beat. Dr. Canter has been an STLE member for over 25 years, and in that time, he has participated and chaired various committees. He has also previously been an instructor for the Annual Meeting education courses.

Neil's Member Story: "I initially joined STLE in the 1980's when I started working in the lubricant industry for one of my past employers. I found about STLE through searching the literature at that time. My initial involvement was with the Chicago Section which was very helpful in giving me the opportunity to meet other members and learn more about the society. I also went to my initial annual meeting in 1985 and have not missed one since. STLE has been and continues to be an invaluable tool for my consulting business. The networking opportunities have been tremendous and I have appreciated the additional opportunities to write feature articles and a monthly column for TLT. With all of opportunities afforded me from STLE, I decided I needed to give back by participating on several committees and take a more active role in supporting my local section in Philadelphia. I have and continue to be actively involved in educational programming because I believe one of the main reasons for STLE's existence is to provide educational programming and opportunities to its membership. I am very involved in the Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist (CMFS) program and am presently chairing the Education & Training Subcommittee. I also have and continue to help develop education content for use in STLE Education Courses and Webinars. My passion for promoting education prompted me to join the Education Committee which I chaired in the past and continue to work with to improve offerings to the membership. STLE has and continues to be an integral part of my professional career. Volunteering to help STLE has been most rewarding as I am very pleased to see the society continue to grow by offering many programs that help its membership."

Click here to listen to our podcast interviews with Neil: one addressing "What is 'Green'?" and another Chemical Additives.

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Chad Chichester

Lubricants Application Engineer, Dow Corning Corporation, Molykote® Lubricants

Bio: Chad has worked as a Lubricants Application Engineering for Dow Corning Corporation since 2006.  Prior, he worked for 13 years as a Reliability Engineer at Dow Corning’s Midland, MI manufacturing site where he specialized in Condition Based Maintenance techniques including Vibration, Lubrication, and Acoustic Emission Analyses, as well as Infrared Thermography.  Before joining Dow Corning Chad served in the U.S. Army as a Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Specialist. Chad graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with major studies in Mechanical Engineering and minor studies in Electrical Engineering. Chad is a member of: National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) where he serves as the Application and Maintenance Training Course Chair and, and instructs in the NLGI Maintenance and Basic Grease Courses; The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), where he serves as Condition Monitoring Technical Sub-Committee Chair, and instructs in STLE’s Condition Monitoring Course and Basic Grease Courses.  Chad is certified through STLE as a Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS); and the National Vibration Institute where he certified as a Level III Vibration Analyst.

Chad's Member Story: "I joined STLE in 2006 after taking a new role at Dow Corning Corporation as a Application Engineer for Dow Corning, Molykote Lubricants Expertise Group.  My goals at that time were to build on my knowledge of rotating equipment with additional training in the fields of lubrication and tribology.  I found additional benefits in the increased networking opportunities, and continue to learn and grow in the tribology industry.  My experience with condition monitoring was a natural fit with STLE’s Condition Monitoring committee, so in 2008 I attended my first technical committee meeting.  I left that meeting as the Condition Monitoring Committee’s Paper Solicitation Chair, and also as a Condition Monitoring Education Course Instructor.  I also happen to be a member of NLGI, and in 2009 STLE and NLGI teamed up to offer the Basic Grease Course at STLE’s annual meeting.  In this course I served, and continue to serve as an instructor where I speak about Industrial Applications from an end user’s perspective. My STLE membership has opened my eyes to the life-long learning available through peer networks, technical papers and educational courses, and I am humbled by the breadth and depth of knowledge of my STLE colleagues.  Additionally, I have learned that STLE is its membership.  People from a diverse collection of industries, job functions, and backgrounds come together with common goals, and interests in the name of advancing the field of tribology and lubrication engineering to improve the human condition.  I am STLE, and I am proud to be a part."

Chad teaches at the Annual Meeting on a regular basis. At the 2011 meeting, he taught a module on "Why Condition Monitoring" for the Condition Monitoring education course. Get more detail on the course here. He also presented a webinar for STLE, September 2011. Click here for more information and to purchase the recording.

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Yip-Wah Chung

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering & Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Illinois (USA)

Bio: Yip-Wah Chung obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley.  He joined Northwestern University in 1977.  He was named Fellow by ASM International, AVS, and by STLE. His other awards include the Ralph A Teetor Engineering Educator Award from SAE, Innovative Research Award and Best Paper Award from the ASME Tribology Division, Technical Achievement Award from the National Storage Industry Consortium (now Information Storage Industry  Consortium), Bronze Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Government, and Advisory Professor from Fudan University.  Dr. Chung served two years as program officer in surface engineering and materials design at the National Science Foundation.  His research interests are in surface science, tribology, thin films, and alloy design. His most recent research activities are in infrared reflecting coatings, low-friction surfaces, strong and tough coatings, and high-performance alloys.  His favorite hobbies are photography and recreational flying.  He holds several FAA ratings, including commercial multiengine instrument, instrument ground instructor and advanced ground instructor. 

Yip-Wah's Member Story: "My involvement with tribology and STLE began because of a random hallway encounter in 1983 with my Northwestern University colleague Prof. Herbert Cheng, an active member of ASLE (the old name for STLE) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He was in the process of establishing an NSF-supported Center for Engineering Tribology and wanted to involve me because of my background in surface science and thin films.  Herb is a first-rate scholar, statesman, and mentor.  The rest, as they say, is history.  In subsequent years, I channeled much of my research efforts to tribology and related areas.  ASLE/STLE is the natural home to my tribology activities.  I like very much the style of STLE organization and meetings.  Early involvement of young academics (senior graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty members) is encouraged.  This culture is central to bringing fresh ideas to a flourishing and vibrant organization such as STLE.  In fact, I am gratified to see some of our former students from Northwestern taking up leadership positions within STLE.  I should add that I really like the new style and content of TLT.  It is informative, and I enjoy it cover-to-cover.  I may not agree with some of the opinion pieces, but this is a good thing, given the diversity of our Society.  I am privileged to be part of a distinguished and forward-looking organization."

Check out the podcast interview we did with Yip-Wah on his book, Micro- and Nanoscale Phenomena in Tribology.

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Chuck Coe

President, Grease Technology Solutions, LLC, Virginia (USA)

Bio: Chuck Coe holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He worked for  Mobil Oil (subsequently ExxonMobil) for 32 years, including 22 years in various lubes and fuels technical positions, 12 of which were spent formulating and providing technical support for greases, including 6 years as ExxonMobil’s Grease Technology Manager.  He retired from ExxonMobil and launched Grease Technology Solutions LLC, a grease training and consulting business in 2009.  He is the Grease Education Course Committee Chair for STLE, the Vice President of NLGI, and the Technical Committee Co-Chair for NLGI.  He has authored several technical papers and articles on grease, and he holds the professional certifications of NLGI C.L.G.S. and STLE C.L.S.

Chuck's Member Story: While I was still working at ExxonMobil, I discovered that many of my colleagues were STLE members and had good things to say about the benefits of membership, particularly the Annual Meeting. The ExxonMobil lube engineering and products technical teams are very involved in STLE activities and frequently hold staff meetings in conjunction with the STLE annual meetings. I joined and attended my first meeting in Philadelphia in 2007. I have found my membership in STLE to be very valuable, particularly the annual meetings. The education courses, the technical sessions, and the networking opportunities are outstanding. My perspective on membership and meeting attendance has changed somewhat with the launching of my consulting business. I value the networking much more now than I did during my ExxonMobil days. I have been involved with STLE in a number of ways, but among those, I have taken education courses, attended technical sessions, and have served on a number of committees including serving as the Technical Committee Co-Chair for NLGI in a joint education course on Grease for the Annual Meeting. I took on the responsibility for designing the course and recruiting NLGI instructors, including serving as an instructor myself.

Click here to read more about the NLGI Basic Grease course that was offered at the 2011 STLE Annual Meeting. You can also listen to his podcast interview here, which covers grease and the course.

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Victor Gober

Research Chemist at Elco Corporation, Ohio (USA)

Bio: Victor holds a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University. He has worked in the   industrial lubricant industry specializing in metalworking fluids for over 28 years.  Other  experience he has includes working with phosphating chemicals, hydraulic oils, gear oils, and corrosion inhibitors. He is presently employed at Elco Corp in Cleveland, Ohio. Other companies  he worked for include Lubrizol and Man-Gill Chemical (now part of PPG). Victor holds four US Patents. Two patents at Lubrizol were for sulfurized hydrocarbons and odor reduction. The other two patents are for cleaning aluminum beverages cans at Man-Gill Chemical. His hobbies include reading Sci-Fi books, and interacting with eight grandkids.

Victor's Member Story: "I joined STLE over 25 years ago. I joined STLE for two reasons: the local  STLE section meetings and the Lubrication Engineering (now TLT) magazine. Both of these gave me contact with vendors who supplied several specialized additives. STLE helps me keep my skills sharp with education classes and I like to attend the Annual Meeting every year if business is good."

Testimonial: "The Annual STLE is well worth the time and money spent. Between meeting new business contacts or seeing new products in the marketplace, there is no better way to have that happen in one place and in a compressed amount of time."

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Aaron Greco

Researcher in the Tribology Group, Argonne National Laboratory, IL (USA)

Bio: Dr. Aaron Greco is a researcher in the Tribology group at Argonne National Laboratory, where he is involved in the development of lubricants and surface engineering solutions for advanced wind turbine and vehicle drivetrains. Currently, he is serving as a technical liaison to the U.S. Department of Energy, Wind Power Program office assisting with R&D strategies for advanced wind turbine drivetrain and reliability programs. Prior to joining Argonne, Aaron was a Science and Policy Fellow at The National Academies, working with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems supporting a report on vehicle technologies for improved fuel economy. Aaron received his PhD from Northwestern University and a BS from Iowa State University both in Mechanical Engineering, and has received several awards for presentation of research and publications. In his free time Aaron is an avid cyclist, bike builder, and amateur home brewer.

Aaron's STLE Story: "I first joined STLE as a student intern at Argonne National Laboratory and was fortunate to attend the World Tribology Congress in Washington DC for a poster presentation. After this introduction I participated in several poster presentation competitions at STLE and IJTC conferences presenting my graduate research work. The interaction with other tribologist helped me advance my thesis research and developed my presentation skills. I was further supported in my graduate work by my local Chicago STLE chapter with a scholarship award and acknowledged with a Best Paper award from the Surface Engineering committee. Since completing my degree I have been involved as a committee member in the Young Tribologist Committee, in addition to the Surface Engineering and Wind Energy Tribology technical committees. As a young professional, STLE has played an important role in helping me shape my career and supporting me throughout my training and development. I am grateful to the opportunities that STLE has given me and I look forward to my further involvement with this professional society and community."

Aaron was a panelist for the Current Issues in Wind Energy Tribology discussion which was broadcast live from the Annual Meeting and is available as an archived webinar recording. You can get more information and purchase in the STLE Store.

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Paul R. Grives

Global Industrial Marketing Advisor, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties, Virginia (USA)

Bio: Paul Grives is employed by ExxonMobil, Lubricants & Specialties as a Global Industrial Marketing Advisor located in Fairfax Virginia.  He holds a BS in Chemistry from Fordham University, a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, an MS in Polymer Science from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Houston.  He has over 22 years of experience the field of lubricants, primarily focused on greases, since joining ExxonMobil in 1989 at the Mobil Research and Development Center, Paulsboro NJ as a grease researcher.  Over time, he has held numerous positions within ExxonMobil ranging from research and development,   plant engineering, production & operations, and technical services before being appointed to his current marketing role in 2011.  Paul has been active in STLE since 1995, obtaining Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) Certification in 1996.  He has been active in the STLE Basic Lubrication Course since 1997 as a presenter and as Chairman of the section.  He has also been an active member of The National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI)  since 1990 obtaining CLGS certification in 2006, and serving on the NLGI Board of Directors since 2009.   NLGI awarded Paul the Clarence E. Earle Memorial award in 2000 for his contributions to the technical literature related to greases and the Shell Lubricants Award for Instructor Excellent in 2011.

Paul's Member Story: "I became active in STLE at the urging of a close friend, and former STLE President David Scheetz.  Dave challenged a young greaser to expand his view of the world to include fluids, and I accepted that challenge.  Ever since I have been an avid supporter of STLE, particularly of the educational opportunities available both at the annual meetings as well as through the local sections.  STLE has served to establish a solid base of understanding for me, which I have been able to apply successfully in my many assignments with ExxonMobil.  Through the education courses and technical session, STLE can do the same for you."

Paul taught "Grease Fundamentals" in the Basic Lubrication 102 education course at the 2011 Annual Meeting.

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Hooshang Heshmat

Leading-Founder and Technical Director at Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc., (MiTi)

Bio: Dr. Hooshang Heshmat has worked at Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (MiTi), an applied research and product development company specializing in Oil-Free (green technology) Rotating Machineries since 1994. He has paved the way in the advancement of Oil-Ring and Gas Foil Bearings, and is often regarded as the father of the “Quasi-Hydrodynamic Lubrication with Dry Triboparticulates”.  One of the practical applications of his theory is the development of high-temperature tribo-coatings, Korolon®. Dr. Heshmat has directed 257 R&D programs, holds 29 patents and authored over 170 papers, 3 chapters for various handbooks and a book titled "Tribology of Interface Layers." He has received numerous international awards, the most prestigious of which are the following:  The ASME “Thomas A. Edison Patent Award”, the ASME’s highest technical honor, the “Mayo D. Hersey Award” and the 2008 STLE “International Award” for his significant contributions to the fundamentals of science & technology.

Hooshang's Member Story: "I had just graduated from RPI when I discovered that my field of interest as a ME was called “Tribology”.  I joined ASLE (American Society of Lubrication Engineers) almost thirty years ago.  ASLE that is what STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) used to be called back then.  Although I have been active participant (either via contributing technical papers, lectures, articles, chapters for various handbooks or by serving on various committees in the internationally-known engineering societies) however, I have come to realize that STLE has always supported theoretical, experimental and practical works on the frontier of Tribology and the R&D works in all sorts of known and unknown lubrication fields, whether the topics of work were in the field of lubrication, relevant to the tribo-components, and/or were in the systems levels.  More interestingly, unlike other engineering societies, topics related to the allied technologies also were explored by STLE, such as rotordynamics, system vibration and others.  STLE, and their well organized editorial staffs, high-caliber researchers, academicians, and professionals from the National labs and industries, have allowed the publication of technical papers that otherwise would have been rejected for publication based upon simply not providing the traditional way of treating the subject matter in the proposed manuscripts.  STLE has helped me in the publication and dissemination of my work in the field of Dry/Solid Powder Lubrication, Oil Lubricated Starved Bearings, Hybrid Magnetic Bearings, and the other far-end of the lubrication spectrum – Oil-Free hydrodynamic lubrication vis-à-vis gas Foil Bearings, and their integration into high speed and high temperature rotating machineries.  Despite the fact that I have served on many committees and subcommittees over the years, I always feel that I am indebted to “my” society, STLE, in ways which I will never be able to repay, for STLE’s help with my career throughout the years.  STLE provides, two times a year, a free forum for the members to have time for brain storming with colleagues, making new acquaintances, and renewing and visiting with good friends.  I have decided to remain a devoted and loyal member of the STLE society until the time comes for me to fade away.  STLE, I thank you for the years of mutual interest and support."

Dr. Heshmat did an interview on his book, Tribology of Interface Layers. Listen to it here.

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Lou Honary

Professor and Founding Director, National Ag-Based Lubricants Center at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa (USA)

Bio: Lou Honary is professor and founding director of the National Ag-Based Lubricants Center at the University of Northern Iowa. He founded the UNI-NABL Center in 2001 and since then over 30 commercial biobased lubricants and greases have their origins to the NABL research. Honary has 8 US patents or joint patents with two more patents pending.  His patents, among others, include the first soybean oil based tractor hydraulic oil, the first soybean oil based transformer oil, and the first biobased wood preservative.  Honary has written an authoritative book on Biobased Lubricants and Greases published last month (April 2011) by Wiley and Sons in the UK and he is a coeditor of a Special Journal on Biofuels for ASTM to be published this month. He has published numerous articles and several chapters for books on this subject and is often a speaker at national and international conferences on the subject of biobased lubes and greases. He serves on the board of directors of the National Lubricating Grease Institutes and is chairman of the joint working group for NLGI and European Lubricating Grease Institute (ELGI) on the performance of biobased greases. Honary was recently featured on the History Channels’ Modern Marvels for a new technology he co-invented that uses microwaves for manufacturing biobased greases. With UNI Research Foundation, in 2000 he formed a commercial biobased lubricants and grease manufacturing company that continues to market biobased lubricants and greases throughout the U.S.

Lou's Member Story: I have been a member of STLE since I got involved with biobased lubricant research activities in the early 1990s. As an active member in several other related technical organizations, I find STLE to be unique in the types of activities and services the organization offers its members. In my experience, STLE brings together researchers and practitioners from various organizations. For example, I know I will find all the grease manufacturers at NLGI, or most of my chemist friends at AOCS. But, at STLE I seem to see all my friends and fellow researchers from every field including NLGI, SAE, AOCS, ACS etc. This is a true advantage of being a member of STLE. This Society offers both depth and breadth far beyond more focused and specialized technical organizations. I continue to remain a member of STLE and bring my students along whenever possible to ensure future professionals continue to join STLE and maintain its services to our various related industries.

Lou taught at the 2011 Annual Meeting, as part of a new course on Biofuels and Lubes. He also was interviewed for The STLE Compass, STLE's podcast.

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Ken Hope

PAO Technology Research Fellow, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Texas (USA)

Bio: Ken holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and has 20 years of experience in the lubricants industry.  He has been involved with the STLE for many years teaching the synthetics part of the Basic Lubricants course that is offered at the Annual Meeting.  He holds a CLS and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Lubrication Science and is a Technical Editor for Tribology & Lubrication Technology.  He is a past chairman of the Houston Section and serves on the STLE Board of Directors. 

Ken's Member Story: "I became involved with the STLE Houston section through the prompting of a former co-worker, Barry Cupples.  The presentations were very interesting and it was a good opportunity to meet people in an informal manner. My first presentation at an annual meeting was at Chicago in 1995 and I have been involved in various ways ever since.  Both with the local sections and at the National level, STLE has been very interesting and rewarding personally.  STLE has enabled me to learn about lubrication and make many friends.  I would definitely encourage anyone in this industry to participate and get involved."

Ken teaches at the Annual Meeting on a regular basis. At the 2011 meeting, he taught a module on Synthetics for the Basic Lubrication education course. He will also be giving a webinar in October. Click here to see the abstract and event flyer.

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David Huitink

Graduate Student, Texas A&M, Texas (USA)

Bio: David Huitink is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and is the recipient of several awards for academic merit. David has authored 10 journal articles and a number of conference presentations from his research during his studies at Texas A&M. Additionally, he has recently founded the Texas A&M University Chapter of STLE and served as its president in 2010. He was also awarded the Young Tribologist Award at the 2010 STLE Annual Meeting.  Once he finishes his studies, he will be starting as a Reliability Engineer at Intel in the fall.

David's Member Story: "Being involved in research of material surfaces and interfacial interactions, it was natural to look to STLE as a source of information and network building.  My involvement with STLE was not surprising due to fact that my PhD advisor, Prof. Hong Liang, sits on the board of directors, and she encourages her students to get involved in professional organizations appropriate to their field of study, but I quickly learned that STLE is not only an appropriate choice for my professional development, but a great choice.  There are so many resources for students like myself, and the Society really does a great job of promoting education and community within STLE.  I am also thankful for the opportunities to take part in the Annual Meetings, especially for the support that is provided to students such as the YTA and scholarships provided through local chapters.  Moreover, the size of STLE is just about perfect for someone who wants to get more involved, unlike some other massive organizations that participants tend to get lost in the crowd.  I have had the priveledge of meeting many scientists and engineers through STLE, and even made contacts that have led to job options.  For a student, this is immensely valuable - especially in today's economic climate."

Listen to David's podcast interview on Tribochemistry and Nanoscale Surface Interactions in Nanotribology.

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Said Jahanmir

President and CEO, MiTiHeart Corporation; Vice President for Biotechnology, Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (MiTi), Maryland (USA)

Bio: Prior to joining MiTi, Said was with the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he served in several capacities including Leader of the Tribology Group and the Ceramic Manufacturing Group. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington; and his master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   His research in tribology, medical devices, dental materials, and machining is widely recognized in the scientific and engineering communities. He has published over two hundred fifty papers and reports and has given more than three hundred lectures on these subjects. He has edited several books and conference proceedings on machining and tribology of advanced materials.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Fellow and Honorary Member of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).  His awards include the ASME Donald F. Wilcock Award, Mayo D. Hersey Award, the Federal Laboratory Consortium Technology Transfer Award, the STLE International Award, and the ASME Dedicated Service Award. He has been honored as the Community Hero by the Montgomery County Civic Federation for his contribution to local educational issues. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and American Men and Women of Science. He has been active in technical and professional societies and has served on various committees and boards of ASME and STLE.  He is currently serving as the ASME Governor.

Said's Member Story: "I was encouraged to join by the STLE President, Jim Dickey, when we were both at Exxon Research and Engineering Company back in the early 80’s.  My association with STLE has been great. STLE has provided me an unprecedented opportunity for networking and staying abreast of new technological developments in Tribology. I have had the honor of serving STLE in various capacities that included both technical and administrative committees."

Click here to listen to Said's podcast on his research and work.

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Peter M. Lee

Principal Engineer – Tribologist, Fuels and Lubricants Research Division, Southwest Research Institute, Texas (USA)

Bio: Peter Lee qualified and worked as a motor vehicle technician for a number of years before attending the University of Leeds (UK) to study for a BEng (Hons) in Automotive Engineering. On completion he was offered a funded PhD by Shell Global Solutions (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Martin Priest. Peter was awarded his PhD in Engine Tribology by the University of Leeds in 2006. Following this Peter was successful in applying for a prestigious 5 year Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship entitled ‘The tribological investigation of modern automotive engines for improved fuel economy and lowered emissions’. The work built upon his PhD studies and the research program was interdisciplinary and adventurous with a combined experimental, numerical and analytical research strategy. It investigated how lubricating oil degrades in the piston ring pack of an internal combustion engine and how this affects the friction and wear in the engine and impacts on fuel economy, engine life and oil drain intervals. The work was undertaken through a series of fired engine tests run in order to extract degraded oil from both the sump and the top piston ring zone (TRZ) of a research engine and investigated related parameters such as inter ring gas pressures, blow-by gas levels and ring zone temperatures. The extracted oil was subjected to chemical and tribological tests, the results of which were then further investigated using advanced surface analysis techniques and 2D and 3D surface metrology. Oil flow rates and residence times in the piston ring pack were also studies and calculated. Peter recently moved to San Antonio, USA, to take the position of ‘Principal Engineer – Tribologist’ within the Fuels and Lubricants Research Division at Southwest Research Institute. The job involves providing tribological support to both Divisions within SwRI and external clients, pulling together and expanding the tribological capabilities within SwRI and developing new test laboratories. In addition Peter will be undertaking internal research and further developing his unique research and instrumentation of single cylinder research engines.

Peter’s Member Story: "I joined STLE in 2004 at the Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto and have attended and presented at least one presentation at the conference almost every year since.  I am currently the Vice-Chair of the Engine and Drivetrain Committee and have been active on the committee for the past six years.  I also review papers for the STLE and a number of other publications.  I recognize the education and networking opportunities provided to me by my membership and attendance at the annual meeting; almost certainly leading to my current position at SwRI.  For this reason I have actively encouraged all the PhD students I have been involved with and a number of colleagues to become STLE members and attend the annual or joint conference."

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Khalid Malik

Senior Engineer, Ontario Power Generation, Ontario (Canada)

Bio: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Lubrication Engineering. I hold CLS, OMA I & OMA II STLE certifications and Level I,II & III Infrared Thermography (ITC) qualifications. I have 23 years of Engineering Experience of Oil & Gas Industry and Power Generation. Currently working for Ontario Power Generation Nuclear Division. My area of responsibilities are: Predictive Maintenance, Rotating Equipment and Station Lubrication Specialist services.

Khalid's Member Story: I used to work for Gulf Oil (SA) during 1995-1997 and when I joined OPG in 1999, my supervisor at a time Michele Lapointe and a colleague Dr.George Staniewski introduced me to STLE. I passed my OMAI in 1999 and had attended my first STLE annual meeting conference at Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. Thereafter I become a regular attendee of STLE conferences. I found it very useful specially being in the Lubrication Business at a Nuclear Power Plant where safety and reliability is a top priority. My company OPGN is a corporate member of STLE organization. STLE Annual Meeting and Technical Sessions provides a forum for Power Generation members to exchange information ideas, successes, problems, and experiences regarding Predictive Maintenance, Lubrication Systems, Bearings, Seals, Pumps, Gears, Valves and other maintenance. Please note that we had chronic Shutdown Cooling Pump Mechanical Seal and Turbine Governing Control Fluid (FRF) issues and they were discussed in the past with renowned industry Tribologist during the STLE conferences. Lesson Learned were incorporated in the root cause of problems and have been proven successful. The selected technical outcome of this conference is utilized in Lubrication, Pump, Seals and PDM programs. Currently I am the Chair of STLE Condition Monitoring Technical Committee. The Annual STLE Conference is a valuable opportunity to upgrade my skills and information from this meeting is normally shared among Ontario Power sites through our peer meetings. I am part of STLE Toronto Section and it is an active Section in providing courses, seminars and workshop. Some of our members are famous Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers and have many years of services in this dynamic field.

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Ashlie Martini

Assistant Professor, University of California Merced, California (USA)

Bio: Ashlie Martini's research interest is developing physics-based models to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying experimentally observed tribological phenomena. Her specific focus areas are on applying those models as design tools for prediction of liquid, solid and interface material properties and their effect on tribological performance. Ashlie is currently serving on the STLE Board of Directors and the Nanotribology Technical Committee, and has served as a TLT magazine contributor. She received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California Merced.

Ashlie's Member Story: "I started as a student member of STLE during my graduate studies. I initially joined to attend the STLE Annual Meeting and the IJTC where I could present my research and hopefully make connections with potential employers and future colleagues. I also liked getting the magazine. But when I started to get involved, that’s when things really clicked. Don’t get me wrong – I think that attending the conferences and reading the magazine are great resources to enhance your career and knowledge, but in order to get the most out of the organization, you have to be active in it. Being active in an organization you’re passionate about provides so many benefits to you personally and professionally that it far exceeds the amount of effort you put into it.”

Ashlie presented for a joint webinar (held by STLE and AEM) on "Compressibility of Liquids." Click here to visit the STLE Store (Free Stuff Department) to get more information and to access. This webinar is available for free to both STLE members and non-members as a preview of more joint webinars to come.

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Ted McClure

Consultant, TribSys LLC, Indiana (USA)

Bio: Ted McClure earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Miami University. Following graduate studies in organic chemistry, he has spent over 30 years developing, testing and servicing metalworking lubricants. Professional positions include Vice President, Technical for Franklin Oil and Cedar Lubricants and Director, Metalforming Lubricant R&D for Fuchs Lubricants Co. He started TribSys LLC in 2001 where he currently consults and markets metalworking lubricant friction testing services and equipment. He served as a consultant and testing contractor for the Auto-Steel Partnership Tribology team, researching the tribology of advanced high strength steels, from 2001-2008. He joined STLE in 1979 and has been active on the Section and National levels. He is a member of the North American Deep Drawing Research Group (NADDRG), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Ted's Member Story: I joined ASLE in the Cincinnati Section in 1979 on the advice of my mentor in the lubricants industry, Stan Napier, in order to take advantage of networking opportunities and technical content available. In 1980 I moved to Cleveland. I attended Cleveland Section and Annual National meetings. I was an instructor for education programs in Cleveland and Chicago and reviewed some papers for Tribology Transactions, but was not really that active until I moved to the Chicago Section in 1996, where Larry Cohen invited me to be Program co-chair. I have remained active in the Chicago Section executive committee serving in a variety of roles. I am a Past-Chairman and current Program Chair of the Chicago Section of STLE. I was presented with the Manteuffel award in 2006 by the Chicago Section. TribSys LLC is a regular sponsor of the Chicago Section. On the National level, TribSys LLC is a Corporate STLE member. I have attended and given presentations at most National STLE meetings since 2000. I authored the Metalforming chapter in the STLE Tribology Data Handbook, 2nd Edition. I am a Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist (CFMS) and serve on the STLE MWF Certification subcommittee, CMFS Steering Committee and STLE Certification Board. I was formerly on the Editorial Advisory Board for Tribology and Lubrication Technology (TLT) magazine and have reviewed papers for Tribology Transactions. I recognize the many benefits of STLE membership and activity. It is the best source for both technical content and networking I have found. The publications are excellent and as a consultant, certification has helped support my credibility with clients. On a personal level, I have met many long-term friends and have had a lot of great times through my membership and activity in the society. I would recommend that anyone involved with lubricants at least become a member and seriously consider becoming active in a local section and possibly with National. 

Click here to listen to Ted's podcast interview on his work for the Auto-Steel Partnership Tribology Team, and on advanced ultra high-strength steel.

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Frederick J. Passman

Principal, Biodeterioration Control Associates, Inc., New Jersey (USA)

Bio: Dr. Passman is an STLE Fellow and Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist with 35 years’ experience in environmental-industrial microbiology. Since 1973, Dr. Passman has conducted research and consulted to government and private industry on topics as diverse as composting municipal sewage sludge, U.S. EPA criteria for various groups of toxic substances in fresh-water systems, microbially enhanced oil recovery, and microbial contamination control in industrial process-fluids. Dr. Passman is a member of numerous professional and trade organizations including ASTM, the American Society for Microbiology, International Biodegradation & Biodeterioration Society, Petroleum Equipment Institute, Society for Industrial Microbiology and STLE. Within STLE, he is currently the Chair of the newly commissioned Education and Certification Harmonization Ad Hoc Committee. Dr. Passman is the Vice-chair of ATSM Subcommittee D.02.14 on Fuel Cleanliness and Stability.  He chairs ASTM Subcommittee D.02.14 Task Force on Fuel Microbiology, is Chair of ASTM Subcommittee E.34.50 Health and Safety of Metalworking Fluids and is an active member of E.35.15 Antimicrobial Pesticides. He has drafted ASTM Standards for each of these committees.  Dr. Passman has twice received STLE’s Wilber Deutsch Memorial Award for writing excellence.  He has more than 40 publications to his name.

Fred's Member Story: I was introduced to STLE (then ASLE) by Professor Ed Bennett in 1981.  I had met Ed in 1979 while I collaborating on a Gulf of Mexico oilfield environmental impact study with one of his colleagues at the University of Houston.  In1981, after I had moved my microbiology team to Houston, Ed suggested that I consider consulting to companies doing metalworking operations.  At the time I had been focusing on microbial contamination in oilfields where crude oil souring and microbially influence corrosion were significant problems.  Ed connected me with KVM; the manufactures of the HMB, catalase-enzyme test system.  My first STLE meeting was the 1982 or 1983 meeting in Houston.  I presented my first ASLE technical paper at the following year’s annual meeting, and I haven’t missed one since.  In 1987, Fred Litt asked me to write a Starting From Scratch article for Lubrication Engineering. That paper - Microbial Problems in Metalworking Fluids – appeared in the July 1988 issue. Although I had previously published metalworking microbiology papers in other venues, Professor Harold Rossmoore had blocked publication of any of my rabid microbial test method papers in Lubrication Engineering. I was the new kid on the block, and wasn’t writing kind words about microbiological culture tests.  For the better part of two decades, Hal and I entertained audiences by debating the relative merits of rapid, non-culture methods and traditional culture methods.  Notwithstanding, Hal became like a Dutch-Uncle to me over the years.  We collaborated on papers; he asked me to take his place on the Lubrication Engineering Editorial Board and in 1996, asked me to take his place as MWF Education Course Co-Chair.  Becoming a course chair was really the turning point in my volunteer engagement with STLE.  At my first Education Course Committee meeting, I was asked to become the committee’s vice-chair.  That led to progression through various committee leadership positions, and put me in a position to advocate for the professionalization of STLE courses.  By that, I mean having course modules developed and vetted by a team of recognized subject matter experts so that they reflect industry consensus instead of an individual instructor’s personal opinion.  I’ve also championed benchmarking course content against STLE certification program bodies of knowledge, so that we provide education program that is sure to help our members to develop professionally.  Having now been a member of STLE for nearly 30 years, I have to say that my active participation in STLE has given me an opportunity to get to know and work with many truly remarkable individuals.  I’ve learned a tremendous amount about lubrication science and engineering and hope that I’ve been able to share some of what I’ve learned with others.  Early on, I discovered that there were very few microbiologists in the society.  Nevertheless, with its remarkable multidisciplinary membership, STLE has been a great organization in which to further the science and art of metalworking fluid and lubricant microbiology. 

Click here to listen to the podcast interview with Fred on microbicides and the EPA or click here purchase his webinar presentation on Emergining Issues in MWFs: Biofilm Control. He is one of the instructors for our Metalworking Fluid Management Certificate Course, and regularly teaches at the STLE Annual Meeting.

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Jack Poley

Technical Director, Kittiwake-Americas, Florida (USA)

Bio: Jack is currently working on oil analysis solutions that bring the process to the machine. Jack has just completed 50 years in Oil Analysis. His former company, Lubricon, was a prominent commercial lab, eventually sold to Cummins Engine Company, Fleetguard Division, to be part of their customer support effort.  Jack more recently developed an Intelligent Agent, Prescient, for managing oil analysis programs, focusing on rendering effective commentary based on oil sample test data.

Jack's Member Story: "I've been an STLE member for over 40 years, from the days when it was ASLE, of course. My first exposure was the opportunity to present to the Los Angeles section in about 1963-64 as the featured speaker, when I was 19-20. I was terrified, as it was my first 'business' technical presentation before an audience, but a (then) competitor, Ralph Faber, came to me afterward and essentially said I did a fine job. That stuck with me in a positive way, as he was experienced and well established in Los Angeles, where one of Faber's oil analysis labs operated, yet he wanted to encourage me, despite the fact that I was a competitor.   I met many nice, helpful, engaging people as I attended more and more meetings, and it was inevitable that I should join. Since then I've spoken at numerous chapter meetings throughout North America, including Canada, Mexico and Trinidad, and presented dozens of papers, as well as assisted in organization of regional or local chapters; and it has always been a rewarding experience.   I'm proud that I lobbied for, and helped bring a useful practical aspect to STLE: Condition Monitoring, both the Technical Committee and the CM Education Course. This was possible because I had solid support from friends and colleagues within our organization. STLE seems vibrant these days and it is good to see it using today's technology to reach out as a prominent Educator in the tribological world.   I look forward to continuing my association with STLE because there are still important and interesting things to do; and I'm particularly keen to see Condition Monitoring continue to be a prominent part of STLE's involvement."

Listen to the podcast interview we did with Jack on his contribution to the CM Education Course, or click here for more on this Annual Meeting education course. 

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Gary Rodak

President, Machining Efficiencies, Inc., Michigan (USA)

Bio: Gary Rodak, who is the president of Machining Efficiencies Inc., has been working in the metal cutting industry since 1972 as a field engineer and technical service department manager for metalworking fluid formulators, tool designer, quality manager, and product development manager.  Machining Efficiencies, Inc. provides manufacturers consulting and educational programs that focus on improving the efficiency of any machining process.   He’s known for effective customized training programs for manufacturing managers, process engineers and machinists who wish to identify their sub-optimized manufacturing practices. Rodak has studied and documented tool wear and machining problems for 30 years. He has a BSME from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer through SME, and a Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist through STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers).

Gary's Member Story: I initially joined STLE in 1993, and to find out how to take care of large central coolant systems.  What I found out was that the insight that STLE offered for managing metalworking fluids, filtration systems, microbiology, wear and fundamental lubrication all came together within this organization.   I've been involved with the education committee for several years now and know for certain that the networking opportunities through STLE have generated new business for my company on a nationwide and worldwide basis.

Gary is one of the instructors in the Metalworking Fluid Management Certificate Course.

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Keun Ryu

Senior Engineer, Basic Development Team within Global Product Development, BorgWarner Turbo Systems, North Carolina (USA)

Bio: Keun Ryu is a Senior Engineer in the Basic Development Team within Global Product Development at BorgWarner Turbo Systems. He received B.S. (2003) and M.S. (2005) degrees (Mechanical Engineering) from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea as well as M.S (2007) and Ph.D (2011) degrees (Mechanical Engineering) from Texas A&M University. He worked for two years (2003~2004) as a Graduated Studying Fellow at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). He joined the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University in 2005 and worked for five years (2005~2010) as a Graduate Research Assistant. Since 2003, Keun’s research activities include rotordynamic design, modeling, prediction and evaluation of high performance turbomachinery. He also has investigated static and dynamic characteristics of fluid film bearings and seals, and developed gas bearing applications. In particular, he has advanced the analysis and experimental parameter identification of gas bearings for oil-free microturbomachinery. To progress the introduction of gas bearings into turbochargers and mid-sized gas turbine engines, he has conducted comprehensive rotordynamic and shock tests under severe operating conditions. Presently, at BorgWarner Turbo Systems, he focuses on the development of bearing and sealing system components with emphasis on oil-free bearing technology. Keun has presented and published more than twenty technical papers and reports on gas bearings and rotordynamics. He also holds three patents for foil bearings and a micro gas turbine system. He has diligently served the ASME Turbo Expo conference since 2007 as a reviewer and technical session organizer and chair. Presently, he is a technical paper reviewer for Elsevier Tribology International and STLE Tribology Transactions. Outside of work, Keun has been involved in Judo since 1997. He holds a Judo Nidan (2nd degree black belt) and was a member of Texas A&M Judo Team (2005~2010).

Keun's Member Story: "I joined STLE when I first attended the ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference (IJTC) in 2004. During my master's course at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), I developed rotor-bearing systems for oil-free turbomachinery, and performed comprehensive rotordynamic tests of a gas foil bearing supported rotor and floating-ring seals for turbopump units. This experience gave me an opportunity to deliver a technical paper for the 2004 IJTC as a co-author. In 2005, I came to the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University (TAMU) to pursue a Ph.D and started working under the direction of Dr. Luis San Andres (Mast-Childs Tribology Professor, STLE Fellow). During five years at TAMU, I focused on rotordynamics and gas bearings for applications of oil-free turbomachinery, and presented yearly progress in my research work at IJTCs. In 2009, I received a student travel award for the IJTC. In addition, STLE awarded me first place in the 2007 online poster contest for the contributions to advanced gas bearing technology. Since last year (2010), I have been an invited reviewer for STLE Tribology Transactions. Through involvement in STLE’s activities since 2004, I gained many professional benefits and skills. Most importantly, attending STLE’s events and volunteering for STLE have enhanced my professional growth and development."

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Valentina Serra-Holm

Market Manager, Nynas AB, Stockholm (Sweden)

Bio: Valentina Serra-Holm earned a PhD in Chemical Reaction Engineering from Abo Akademi University in Finland in 2000 and a PhD in Chemical Plants from Polytechnic of Turin in Italy in 1997. From 1996 to 2001 she worked as Senior Researcher at Abo Akademi. During her academic career, she has published more than 40 scientific papers in the field of industrial catalysis and is co-assignee of a world patent for manufacturing of polyols. In 2001, Valentina joined Nynas AB, where she held several technical positions before becoming Market Manager in early 2008.  In her current position Valentina holds the global market responsibility for base oils within Nynas. Her main focus areas are refining technology with special reference to naphthenic oils and the application of naphthenic oils in finished lubricants.

Valentina's Member Story: "I joined STLE in 2009. I knew about the association before, but I got in direct contact with it at the end of 2008. I am a NLGI course instructor and when STLE asked NLGI to provide a grease course during the educational session of the Annual Meeting, I was asked to teach the Base Oil module, as I do in the NLGI Basic Grease Course. I have been a course instructor during the three last annual meetings, together with the other NLGI instructors. The STLE annual meeting gives me an excellent opportunity to meet peers from all over the world and attend high quality technical presentations. Moreover, being a member of STLE is very valuable as it keeps me updated about the latest developments in the lubricant industry. This helps me understand the technical challenges that the industry is facing and ultimately it helps my company to improve the service we offer to our customers."

Click here for more details on the NLGI/STLE grease course that was held at the 2011 Annual Meeting.

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Paul Shiller

Research Scientist, The University of Akron, Timken Surface Engineering Laboratory, Ohio (USA)

Bio: Paul Shiller is currently a Research Scientist with the University of Akron working in the surface engineering and lubrication laboratories. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH studying electrochemical surface reactions; an M.S degree in Chemical Engineering also from Case Western Reserve University where he studied the characteristics of “Diamond-like films” and he also holds an MS degree in Chemistry and a BE degree in Chemical Engineering from Youngstown State University. Prior to joining the University of Akron Paul worked at The Timken Company starting as a Product Development Specialist for lubricants and lubrication.  He moved to the position of Tribological Specialist with the Tribology Fundamentals group at the Timken Technology Center in North Canton in 2006.  Before coming to Timken he managed a polymer analytical chemistry lab at the Packard Electric division of DELPHI.  He started at Packard Electric as a quality control engineer in the ignition cable department when Packard Electric was a division of General Motors.  During his career he was also a Process Engineer for a thin film deposition process for liquid crystal display products at PanelVision in Pittsburgh, PA and a Research Engineer at The General Tire Company in Akron, OH studying polymer extrusion and molding and the effects of rubber formulation on the performance of tennis balls.  He started his lubrication career as a Summer Intern at The Penn State University. Paul has published several papers and received a Professional Promise Award from AIChE. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Kent State University.  Paul is a member of STLE, ACS, MENSA and SOR.

Paul's Member Story: I found out about STLE by working at Timken.  I got involved teaching some of the courses and became more involved in STLE activities on the local level.  I stayed with STLE mainly because of the people I’ve met.  Everybody is extremely friendly and helpful which make meetings and conferences welcomed events.  I am looking forward to interacting with my STLE colleagues for their help and insight as I take on my new role at the University of Akron.

Paul teaches at the Annual Meeting on a regular basis. He also gave a webinar on Bearing Damage Analysis.

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Donald Smolenski

Technical Fellow, General Motors' Research and Development Center, Michigan (USA)

Bio: Don Smolenski, a PhD in Chemical Engineering, has been recognized for his work in the field. He is the co-inventor of the GM Engine Oil Life Sensor, now installed in nearly all GM vehicles. He is also experienced in engine test development. He has been the chair of GM’s LS2 Committee for 18 years, which has generated one of the most comprehensive industrial lubrication standards in the industry. Dr. Smolenski also drove the safe use of recycled oils in plant applications. As a result, GM now uses more than fifty percent recycled oils in its North American plants. He holds several patents and has numerous publications to his name. He has also been very active in professional societies including the STLE, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is currently a Technical Fellow in General Motors’ Research and Development Center.

Don's Member Story: "I first became involved with STLE when I began working in plant lubricants.  STLE covered hydraulics, non-ferrous metals, condition monitoring, metalworking fluids, etc.  I had not found a technical society that covered all of these areas.  I was quite proud to have been involved in helping to launch the STLE Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist program, and have now returned to participate in this group.  I also enjoyed making presentations to the Detroit and several other local STLE sections throughout the country over the years.  I very much value the networking opportunities that STLE has provided me."

Listen to the podcast interview with Don and get his thoughts on metalworking fluid management.

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Keith Tully

Technical Sales Manager, Fuels and Lubricants, UFA Cooperative Ltd., Alberta (Canada)

Bio: I have been employed at UFA Cooperative Ltd. for 31 years. Our company is a farm cooperative that caters to other industries as well, including being a supplier to oil and gas companies, commercial truck fleets and road construction, just to name a few. My main job function is to coordinate the quality assurance program for all petroleum products, as well as train our petroleum staff on all technical aspects of these products.

Keith's Member Story: I am STLE CLS certified, which has been a huge benefit to my career, as we consult with customers on a daily basis, to help with fluid recommendations and product consolidation. I started attending local STLE meetings in 1989 and realized immediately that not only was I able to network with many knowledgeable people in the lubrication industry, but I could also learn so much practical information from them. I am still in regular contact with many of these people to this day! STLE has always been one of my main focal points for keeping up to date on the latest technologies. My main message to people entering the lubrication field is one of encouraging involvement with local sections. I am involved with ours in Alberta. I know that our section, along with the others, will provide many interesting technical meetings throughout the year, and we always include a one-day Education Seminar, that covers a good variety of basic and advanced lubrication topics. We hope to see you there, or at your local section!

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Evan Zabawski

Senior Reliability Specialist, Fluid Life, Alberta (Canada)

Bio: Evan is a Fourth Class Power Engineer with a diploma in chemical engineering. Prior to joining Fluid Life Evan gained previous experience as a manager of a tribological lab before moving into the field of power generation fluid maintenance. He has been a member of STLE for over 12 years and is Chair of the STLE – Alberta Section, and also an instructor of the Condition Monitoring course at STLE Annual Meetings. Evan is Editor of STLE’s TLT Magazine, and served as the Editor for The STLE Alberta Section's Basic Handbook of Lubrication - Third Edition. He has published several technical papers and is also a member in good standing of API and ASTM.

Evan's Member Story: I initially joined STLE through my first boss. He brought me to a local section meeting, and by about my second or third meeting, he signed me up as a member, so I would get the discount for attendance.I was basically led by hand by someone who was already a member. It was the MGAM campaign in its early infancy. So, that’s how I got involved, it was just something we were exposed to at work. I have found that the most valuable thing about my membership is the networking. I find meeting with individuals, especially at Annual Meetings, is the most beneficial part because it generates good leads, and for myself, being a trainer, I have to stay on top of current changes in the industry and this is where I get most of that information. I got my start as a trainer in my previous job, when I got to present technical papers at STLE. I found I enjoyed the presenting to large groups. It was fun interacting with new people all the time, talking about what you knew. I was actually hired to my new job because of my ability to publicly speak and I grew to enjoy it even more. It was just a fun way of interacting. I’m motivated to teach at the meetings because I can help shape a part of the society that I’m interested in, and I can help guide the content to make sure that the messages I feel are important are being presented, and from the professional side, I gain exposure as an instructor. On that note, I landed my current job through being certified through STLE. The posting for my current job suggested having or working towards a CLS, so I attempted the CLS and passed it. Certifications have value in that some employers will actually give pay raises for achieving a certification, and a lot of those taking the exam do so as a personal redemption, saying that “I know my material this well.” Being part of STLE, I also attend the Annual Meeting. I go for the networking. There are some people I only see once a year, and I get to see them at the meeting. It’s nice to be able to interact, meet new people and build up your network. So, when I get asked a tough question that I don’t know the answer to, I respond by saying, “I don’t know, but I think I know someone who can help me.” I would never have gotten that answer in a reasonable amount of time, if at all. And so I always come back to that networking. It’s not always who you know, it’s who you know that knows someone else. The reason you should join STLE is the foundation of knowledge that’s there, whether it’s online or at meetings, or within people that you meet. You’ll never get access to more information that’s directly related to your specific job than by joining specific groups like STLE.

You can register for the webinar series that we have planned for 2012 with Evan, covering many different aspects of Condition Monitoring Data Interpretation, or purchase and listen to the first presentation he gave in February 2011. Evan also teaches regularly at the Annual Meeting in the Condition Monitoring courses.

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John K. Howell

Vice President, GHS Resources, Inc., Pennsylvania (USA)

Bio: John K. Howell. Ph.D. has over 41 years experience in metal finishing and metalworking technology and in safety, health and environmental affairs. John received his BS and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Drexel University and a Master's degree in organizational development from Loyola University. After over twenty-three years at Castrol Industrial North America and predecessor companies, and eight years with DA Stuart as Safety, Health and Environmental Advisor and with Primagy Consultants, John is now Vice President, GHS Resources, Inc. Previously, John has served as Chairman, Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association H&S Task Force and as a member of OSHA's Metalworking Fluids Standards Advisory Committee. John currently chairs ASTM Committee E34 on Occupational Health & Safety and is former Chair of E34.50 on Health & Safety Standards for Metalworking Fluids. John is also past Chair of the STLE Metalworking Fluid Steering Committee and Certification Subcommittee. John has published or presented many technical papers on metalworking fluid health and safety topics.

John's Member Story: John joined what was then American Society of Lubrication Engineers in 1981 on advice from a colleague at Van Straaten Chemical Company, a predecessor company of Castrol Industrial North America. While not every bit of "advice" is worth something, that recommendation to join ASLE, now STLE, was "worth its weight in gold." STLE is THE professional society for those in the lubrication business.

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Edward Myers

Lubrication Engineer, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties, Virginia (USA)

Bio: Ed Myers has been involved in industrial plant maintenance for 37 years, specializing in lubrication since 1991. After holding a series of positions at Reynolds Metals Company, he joined ExxonMobil in 2000 where he currently is a Lubrication Engineer. Ed holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and is a Professional Engineer in Alabama and Virginia. A member of STLE since 1991, he is Certified Lubrication Specialist and past Chairman of the CLS Committee. Ed has been married to Gloria since 1976 and has a son, Matt, and a daughter, Laura. An active volunteer firefighter/EMT, he has served as District Chief of Bon Air Volunteer Fire Department for over 14 years.

Ed's Member Story: When I became involved in machine lubrication at Reynolds, I was assigned to the lubrication group in the R&D division. My co-workers were very involved in STLE and encouraged me to join. I attended the national meetings and participated in the Richmond section activities until the demise of Reynolds in 2000. At that time, both the Richmond section and my job dissolved; through the contacts I made at STLE I was fortunate to be offered my present position at ExxonMobil. I can attest that the contacts made through STLE are invaluable! I have always been interested in professional development; in 1995 I took and passed the CLS, receiving certificate number 105. In 2000, I was invited to join the CLS Committee as an “end user” member. I have been on the committee ever since. I am deeply involved in getting the exam converted to multiple choice and translated to languages other than English, so it can become a truly global certification. I was honored in 2008 to be nominated and elected to the Board of Directors. That has proven to be rewarding for me in learning more about the global reach of STLE and getting to know the professionals who are my fellow directors. I look forward to many more years of involvement in the society!

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Q. Jane Wang

Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Northwestern University, Illinois (USA)

Bio: Q. Jane Wang received her Ph. D from Northwestern University, USA in 1993. She taught for about five years at Florida International University. She came back to Northwestern in 1998 and is now a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northwestern, where she graduated. She served Northwestern’s Mechanical Engineering as the Director of the Graduate Studies Committee during 2003-2007 and the Adviser of the ASME Student Chapter during 1998-2003. She was elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2009 and Fellow of Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) in 2007. She is one of the awardees of the STLE 2010 Edmond E Bisson Best Written Contribution Award and the 1997 STLE Captain Alfred E. Hunt Best Paper Award. She received a 1997 NSF CAREER Award.  She was a Board of Director of STLE during 2008-2009, Chair of the 2011 ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference, Chair of the STLE Annual Meeting Program Committee during 2007-2008, and the Secretary of the 2005 Word Tribology Congress Technical Program Committee.
Jane's Member Story: I am so glad that I am associated with STLE, where I have made many friends. I started my STLE membership as an associate member when I was a graduate student at Northwestern.  I thought everyone ought to be an “associate member.”  One day I asked my advisor, Prof. Herb Cheng, “Are you an associate member of STLE?”  He stared me for a while and went, “What?  I am a member!”  Then I knew that beyond associate members there were members, fellows and so on. I quickly got myself involved with STLE, served about 11 years on the Annual Meeting Program Committee (1997-2008) and 10 years on the IJTC Conference Planning Committee (2001-2011). I am very happy to see STLE growing into a prestigious international society, a professional home for tribologists all over the world. 

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Aracely Rocha

Quality and Reliability Engineer, Intel, Arizona (USA)

Bio: Aracely completed her degree in August of 2011 at Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. Hong Liang. Her research was in biomaterials and focused on understanding how cells, tissues, and proteins respond when they come in contact with a synthetic material. The study was performed via cell or protein adhesion to polymeric and metallic materials and on protein interaction with metallic nanoparticles. The main analysis tools were fundamentally lubrication and wear. Wear mechanisms were applied to measure the adhesion strength of cells from synthetic materials’ surfaces and lubrication studies were applied to understand the nanoparticle/protein interactions.

Aracely’s Member Story: I got first involved with STLE during my first year of graduate school in 2006. My graduate advisor is an active member of STLE and was key in promoting student involvement. I have participated at the STLE Annual Meeting during most of my graduate education giving oral and poster presentations, where I have been honored with platinum and gold poster awards, and I have also chaired or co-chaired a few sessions. STLE is a great forum for graduate student participation where my research was always of interest to industry and academia professionals equally.

She has presented at many Annual Meetings, and has been quite involved. You can click here for more information on her latest efforts.

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Hong Liang

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, Texas (USA)

Bio: Hong Liang has been a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University for about eight years. Before starting there, she was part of the faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has a long-standing interest in tribology. While in Alaska, one of her projects was studying the friction-melted ice surface that is useful to improve performance of ice scatting and dog mushing. Currently at TAMU, her research group investigates the tribology performance of various new materials and lubricants. The group also studies mechanisms of chemical-mechanical polishing.  Professor Liang is a fellow of STLE and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). She is currently a member of the board of directors STLE.

Hong's Member Story: "While I was in graduate school, my advisor, Professor Traugott Fischer sent me to attend one of the STLE annual meetings. STLE’s active recruitment and involvement made me stick with the society ever since. Through STLE, I made a lot of friends and contacts. My career growth is largely associated with STLE and the great members that make up the society. Now, I encourage and see that my students are actively involved with STLE. The experience with STLE is truly rewarding.”

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Jerry P. Byers

Manager of Cimcool® Product Research & Development, Cimcool Fluid Technologies LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)

Bio: Jerry Byers is the Manager of Cimcool® Product Research & Development at Cimcool Fluid Technologies LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio. He oversees the laboratory development of straight oil and water-based products for use in the processing of metals, glass, plastics and ceramics, as well as industrial cleaners. He initially joined the company in the area of customer laboratory services, and then became supervisor of the stamping and drawing product development group, before attaining his current position. Jerry holds a patent for a chlorine-free metalworking lubricant package, has authored several journal articles, and was contributing editor for two books: Metalworking Fluids (Marcel Dekker, 1994), and Metalworking Fluids, Second Edition (Taylor & Francis, 2006). Jerry received his Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Ball State University, and a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. He is a Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist (CMFS). Jerry has been a member of STLE for more than 30 years and is currently Vice-President of STLE. He has served on the Board of Directors for that organization for six years, as an associate editor for Tribology Transactions, and as a member of the STLE Metalworking Fluids Education and Training Subcommittee. He held several offices in the Cincinnati section of STLE, including Chairman. Jerry has been married. He and his wife Barbara have a daughter and two grandchildren.

Jerry's Member Story: “I became involved in STLE early in my career at the strong recommendation of my employer. It began with attending local section meetings where I learned a lot from the technical presentations and benefited from the personal contacts made with other area members. Later I was allowed to attend the annual meetings and was impressed with the educational courses, where my boss at the time was an instructor. Eventually I also became involved as an instructor and presenting talks in the technical sessions. STLE has been very beneficial in many ways!” 

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Ali Erdemir

Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois (USA)

Bio: Dr. Ali Erdemir is a Distinguished Fellow of Argonne National Laboratory where he was employed since 1987. He received his B.S. in Metallurgy from Istanbul Technical University-Turkey in 1977; and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1986, respectively. Dr. Erdemir’s research interests include surface engineering and tribology in general and super-hard and –low friction materials and coatings in particular. His current research activities are directed toward the development of engineered tribological interfaces and ultra-nano particulate additives that can help save energy and reduce emission in engines as well as improve gearbox reliability in wind turbines. In recognition of his innovative research, Dr. Erdemir has received several prestigious awards and honors, including the University of Chicago’s Medal of Distinguished Performance at Argonne National Laboratory, four R&D-100 Awards, two Al Sonntag and an Edmond E. Bisson Awards of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, the Innovative Research Award of the Tribology Division of ASME. He is a Fellow of STLE, ASME, AVS, and ASM-International. He authored/co-authored more than 260 research articles (190 of which are referenced), 16 book/handbook chapters, edited two books, and holds 15 U.S. Patents.

Ali's Member Story: After being hired as a tribologist by Argonne National Laboratory back in 1987, one of the very first things I did was to become an STLE member. For me, this was a very important thing to do and was sort of a seal of approval that indeed I am now a tribologist.  My membership to the STLE has benefited me in so many ways. Besides the many useful resources that I take advantage of in STLE website,  I’ve met some of my best tribology friends and collaborators after becoming a member and through the networking opportunities that STLE provided at its numerous events. These helped me greatly in my research and other professional activities. Throughout my years as an STLE member, I have not hesitated in getting involved in various STLE events, committees, and activities. These prepared me well for assuming much greater responsibilities on the Annual Meeting Program Committee and Board of Directors; all of which have been very exciting, stimulating, and rewarding in so many ways. In a nutshell, taking a more active role and taking on more responsibilities in Society activities and affairs is a good thing and will certainly help anyone to excel in the field and achieve his/her professional goals.

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Michael T. Dugger

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Multiscale Metallurgical Science and Technology Department, Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (USA)

Bio: Michael Dugger is team leader for the Tribology Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He oversees a portfolio of projects that span basic research to engineering support, predominantly in the areas of solid lubrication and electrical contact tribology. Since joining the laboratory in 1990 he has worked on applications from satellites to semiconductor fabrication to rubber tire manufacturing equipment for the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and cooperative research and development with industry to improve the competitiveness of United States corporations. His other research interests include friction and wear in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), vapor phase lubrication, and high speed melt-lubricated sliding of metals. Mike received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Northwestern University in 1990, and then joined Sandia National Laboratories where he is presently a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. He has been a member of STLE for more than 20 years, and is currently President of STLE. In his spare time, Mike enjoys using a computer-controlled telescope to find and track “faint fuzzies” like nebulae and galaxies. Doing volunteer search and rescue for 17 years has provided a wealth of orienteering, fitness, and basic survival skills. Mike is also a certified wilderness medical first responder.

Michael's Member Story: “I attended my first STLE Annual Meeting in the early 1990’s after seeing an announcement in the mail. After a couple of years participating in the Solid Lubricants sessions, Ali Erdemir and Chris Dellacorte asked me to be paper solicitor. I served in all the offices of the Solid Lubricants technical committee, including revising the committee bylaws when I was chairman. I was then appointed to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC), where for nine years I worked with the committee to organize the annual meeting technical program. Then President Selda Gunsel asked me to join the Board of Directors. I was elected to two more terms before being elected to the Executive Committee in 2008. My favorite part of being a member of STLE is the people I have met while volunteering for the society. I have had the privilege to meet dozens of people in all facets of our profession that I would otherwise not have met. This professional network has already benefited my career and provided a breadth of technical expertise that I am able to draw upon to solve problems for my employer. I have made some lasting friendships as well. The best advice I can give young scientists and engineers is to find a professional society in their field, and GET INVOLVED.”

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Andrew Cross

PhD student, Purdue University, Indiana (USA)

Bio: My name is Andrew Cross and I am a third year direct Ph.D student at Purdue University. I received my bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in Rochester Michigan in May of 2009 and just received my master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in December 2011. I am currently studying surface modification and hydrodynamic lubrication. I have strong interests in automotive engineering and performance cars, where I get to see the applications of some of the work I am doing.

Andrew's Member Story: Before graduate school, I worked for GKN Driveline, Chrysler, and Argonne National Labs to get a feel for the engineering world.  I joined STLE in order to attend STLE Annual Meeting in May 2010 and I enjoy the benefits that such a network provides, allowing me to keep up with all the innovation and new developments occurring in the field.

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Martin C. Marinack, Jr.

Ph.D. student, Particle Flow & Tribology Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania (USA)

Bio:  Martin is a Ph.D. student in the Particle Flow and Tribology Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, where he works under the advisement of Professor C. Fred Higgs III. He received both his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 and 2010, respectively. His research interests include the study of granular flows from a tribological and classical perspective, which has applications to the solids processing, space, and fossil fuel energy industries. In 2010, he became a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. He has authored 11 publications, including a student poster abstract, which was featured in the September 2011 issue of Tribology and Lubrication Technology (TLT). Among Marty’s other recent honors are the 2011 STLE Annual Meeting Gold Level Student Poster Award and the 2011 STLE Annual Meeting Young Tribologist Award. Outside of his research and academics he remains active on the Carnegie Mellon campus through his involvement in intramural sports (football and basketball), which he participates in along with his fellow lab mates and advisor. He is also active in the Pittsburgh community, where he volunteers and serves as a youth basketball coach.

Martin's Member Story: I first started to hear about STLE during my attendance of the IJTC 2009 and IJTC 2010 conferences. After attending these events, I started to learn a lot more about the organization through my advisor, Professor Fred Higgs. One thing that really got me interested in STLE was the amount of opportunities available to students and the involvement of students in the organization. As a result, I ended up joining STLE early in 2011. After joining I decided to get involved right away by means of a student poster presentation at the 2011 Annual Meeting. While I have only been a member for a relatively short period of time, STLE is already significantly helping in my career and professional development. First of all, STLE is extremely active in providing opportunities to students, such as conference poster competitions and their Young Tribologist Conference award, which provides hotel rooms for students attending the Annual Meeting. As a student looking to launch his career soon, being able to attend STLE events such as the Annual Meeting is an important opportunity to meet and network with professionals in the Tribology community. Additionally, STLE also provides networking opportunities specifically geared to students and young professionals during the Annual Meeting. As advice for others, particularly students looking to get involved with STLE, I would say a good way to start out would be to visit the STLE website. There is a wealth of information about the organization and about Tribology in general. Finally, I would just advise students that when they do join STLE, be sure to take advantage of all the events and opportunities that are provided.

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Richard Kraska

President, GHS Resources, Inc., Florida (USA)

Bio: Richard Kraska Ph.D., DABT, has been consulting for 7 years after a 27 year career in government and industry as a toxicologist and regulatory affairs expert. Dr. Kraska does this through three business entities. As Vice President of Kraska Consultants, Inc. which serves the chemical industry on a variety of FDA, TSCA and OSHA compliance issues. As President of the newly founded GHS Resources, Inc. which will help chemical manufacturers and product formulators comply with global hazard communication requirements under GHS.  Dr. Kraska has helped dozens of clients with a wide variety of regulatory and product safety issues. He consults for ILMA and the Defoamer Industry Trade Association keeping them current with emerging regulatory requirements such as REACH, California Green Chemistry, Food Contact Notifications and GRAS Notifications for human and animal food. 

Rich's Member Story: I find that STLE Meetings are a great forum for a wide spectrum of technically oriented people in the lubricant industry to meet and exchange ideas and information.  I enjoy interaction in teaching the short courses to help members keep current with regulatory and health and safety issues.  The technical orientation of TLT Magazine is a great complement to the market driven publications for the industry.

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Xin Liu

Ph.D. candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania (USA)

Bio: Xin Z. Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in the group of professor Robert Carpick at the University of Pennsylvania. He received both his BSc. and MSc. degree in physics from the Institute of Physics at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He has received multiple awards, including the 2011 STLE Annual Meeting Platinum Level Student Poster Award. His current research interests are studying the mechanical properties of various two-dimensional materials, including graphene and other carbon-based materials, as well as working with surface analytical techniques, such as AFM, SEM, and Raman spectroscopy.

Xin's Member Story: I heard about STLE after I joined the nanotribology group of Prof. Carpick. In 2011, I became a member and learned more about the organization. I then got the chance to attend and present my research at the STLE annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Although being a young member, I have been trying to get actively involved. STLE significantly helped me to broaden my horizons in both personal and professional aspects. In particular, I enjoyed the annual meeting, as it gave me opportunities to network with students and professional from the field of tribology. Also, the monthly TLT magazine also helps me to keep up with all the newest updates and development in the field.

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Chris DellaCorte

Senior Research Tribologist, NASA's Glenn Research Center, Ohio (USA)

Bio: Chris DellaCorte is a senior research tribologist at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and has been conducting research there since 1985.  He has worked on a wide variety of research topics that share an “extreme tribology” theme.  These include high temperature solid lubricants for heat engines and foil gas bearings, space mechanism lubrication, Oil-Free Turbomachinery and most recently superelastic materials for bearings and mechanical components. Outside of NASA business, Chris is an avid nature and travel photographer and teaches digital photography to anyone who will listen.  Chris began his relationship with STLE at the urging of his mentor Hal Sliney and has held a variety of positions ranging from session monitor and paper solicitation chairman through journal editor and he now serves on the STLE Board of Directors.

Chris' Member Story: "Participation in STLE has linked me to people, technologies and organizations throughout the world.  My broadened view has truly helped my career and provided a rich professional and personal experience that cannot easily be matched.  Membership in STLE is not enough, however.  One must be an active participant to reap the rewards.  I highly recommend it!"

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Arup Gangopadhyay

Technical Leader, Lubrication Science and Mechanical friction, Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company, Michigan (USA)

Bio: Arup received his B.S. degree from Calcutta University, India, his M.S. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and his Ph.D from University of Minnesota, all in Metallurgical Engineering.  He did post-doctoral research in Northwestern University, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) prior to Joining Ford Motor Company.  Currently, he leads the Lubrication Science and Mechanical Friction group focusing on improving fuel economy and powertrain component durability through thin film coatings, surface finishing, texturing, advanced materials, lubricants and lubrication among others.  His work encompasses engine valvetrain, cranktrain, axles, and transmission systems.  Arup published about 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals including 6 book chapters.  He is the recipient of STLE’s Al Sonntag, Edmond Bisson, and Wilbur Deutsch awards, and also best paper award from Journal of Engineering Tribology. Arup holds five US patents.

Arup's Member Story: "While at Northwestern University Prof. Herb Cheng encouraged me to attend STLE Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, which was my first.  Since then I attend almost every Annual Meetings.  I got involved more when Said Jahanmir at NIST encouraged me to lead the Ceramics and Composites Technical Committee, which was not managed well at that time.  I led the Committee for few years and later served at the Gears and Gear Lubrication Technical Committee and went through all positions there.   My involvement became deeper by serving in the Fellow Committee, and the Annual Meeting Program Committee, and finally chairing it in 2010.  I was later nominated for a position in the Board of Directors by Dr. Robert Bruce and currently serving my first term there.  I am also actively involved in Detroit section for many years.  Association with STLE allowed coming in contact with various individuals working in different areas of tribology, offered a great learning opportunity, and understanding technology trends.  This also enabled a great networking opportunity, learning individual strengths and unique capabilities of individuals and organizations, and knowing who to ask if I have questions.   Attending local section monthly meetings is a great first step to get involved."

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Paul W. Hetherington

Senior Technical Services Advisor, Petro-Canada Lubricants, Alberta (Canada)

Bio: I recently joined Petro-Canada in May 2011 providing lubrication technical services support throughout western Canada.  Prior to joining Petro-Canada I spent 9 years with Fluid Life where I set up and developed their training and consulting services division.  Prior to Fluid Life I spent over 20 years with Syncrude Canada Limited where I was heavily involved with various reliability initiatives including development of several programs such as oil analysis, vibration analysis, thermography and ultrasonics. During the last 9 years with Syncrude I was their Lubrication and Fuel Specialist responsible for all aspects of these services to the entire corporation.

Paul’s Member Story: "I attended my first section meeting and became a STLE member back in 1990 and also attended my first Annual Meeting in Denver that year.  Although I was involved in lubrication for a few years prior to this, I was unaware of the STLE until a new boss took me to my first meeting.  From that moment on I was hooked deep and found the passion that was going to shape the rest of my career.  The colleagues, and soon to be great friends, that I met in those early days were a great asset to developing my lubrication knowledge and skills.  I obtained my Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) in 1994.  The benefits that I have gained from the society far out weigh what I have given back, although I have tried to do my small part.  I took a role on the Alberta Section executive a short time after becoming a member and held several positions throughout the years including section Chair from 2003-2005.  I have also had the pleasure to be part of several committees including the Mining Industrial Council and most recently on the Education Committee where I will finish my term as Chair in May 2012.  In addition, I have also had the sincere honor of being on the STLE Board of Directors since 2007.  The knowledge, and yes fun, that I have been lucky enough to experience and share has made my career in the lubrication world extremely fulfilling and a true heartfelt pleasure."

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Robert Austin

Senior Chemist, QualiChem Inc., Virginia (USA)

Bio: Mr. Austin is responsible for on-site and laboratory technical assistance to sales, distributor personnel, and end-users.  He also provides guidance for manufacturing quality control and for ISO 9001 activities. Bob started his career with Houghton International in 1977 after graduating from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  While at Houghton, Bob held a number of positions involving product formulation, manufacturing, quality control, and chemical management.  Bob has much experience in providing technical field support and training to customers.  After he left Houghton, Bob was employed by Master Chemical Corporation before joining Qualichem in 2011. Bob holds a B.S. degree in chemistry, as well as a M.S. degree in Engineering Management, both earned at Drexel University.  He is an STLE Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist (C.M.F.S.) and a Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM).  He is a Director on the Board of Directors of STLE.

Bob's Member Story: "I attended a local Philadelphia Section meeting for the first time in 2002; it was a day-long educational seminar on metalworking.  I learned a lot from that meeting.  My next involvement wasn’t until 2005, when I attended a local Philadelphia section meeting on health and safety.   Just before the meeting started, a friend whom I used to work with asked me if I had ever considered being more involved in the section.  I told him that the meeting we were attending was only my second STLE meeting.  At the beginning of the meeting, the section chair announced that the section was in need of a treasurer.  I thought to myself, “I can write checks and balance a checkbook, why not?”  So I contacted the chair and was subsequently invited to a local section officers’ meeting in downtown Philadelphia.  As soon as I sat down, I was informed that I was the new treasurer, and after that, I would become vice chair, chair, and then program chair.  I was a bit stunned by this news, but stuck with it; even tually, I was chair for two consecutive years.  After that, I was advised that the regional vice president position on the board was open; I expressed interest in that position, and in 2009, became the Director for the Northeast/Atlantic region.  Along with that, I also prepared for and passed the first Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist (C.M.F.S.) exam given at the Las Vegas annual meeting in 2005.  Later, I became the Chair of the C.M.F.S. Exam Committee, which develops questions for the exam. The reason why I became so involved in STLE in a relatively short time is that the learning available from STLE is par excellence, with instructors who are at the top of their respective fields, and who are also adept at presenting their knowledge in a very articulate manner.  The seminars and training present both theory and practice so that the participant comes away not just with a head full of facts, but the means to apply them appropriately.  STLE constantly keeps the material presented up-to-date, which adds value to the learning experience.  It just keeps you coming back!  I can remember several occasions when, after taking  one of the seminars, I was presented with a problem at a customer, and was able to apply what I had learned right away to solve the problem."

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Kuarlal Rampersad

Consultant, San Fernando (Trinidad and Tobago)

Bio & Member Story: Kuarlal is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional who has developed an excellent reputation in the oil and gas industry by successfully transforming various industries from a reactive environment to world class organizations. He has extensive experience in implementation of precision maintenance practices resulting in improved equipment availability and cost effective maintenance through understanding of condition monitoring applications including: vibration analysis, oil analysis, thermography, ultrasonic, reciprocation monitoring, advanced hydraulic profiling and motor current analysis. Kuarlal has spent 28 years in the energy, oil and gas section in plant and equipment maintenance and reliability applications. He provides technical consulting solution services in maintenance and reliability engineering. Kuarlal is a leading advocate for the deepening of local content in professional training and certification programs for people within the Caribbean region working wiht educational and recognition institutions.

Kuarlal joined STLE in 1999 and has been volunteering his time to the STLE local chapter, promoting the mission and vision of the Society. Kuarlal is a member of the STLE Board of Directors and has been working with engineering students from teh Universities of the West Indies and professionals in research and development in the areas of tribology, lubrication engineering and related sciences. Kuarlal has a passion for the STLE and has dedicated his time in recruiting new members. Kuarlal is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of one of Trinidad and Tobago's largest state companies, Lake Asphalt, responsible for managing and leading the company management team for new and improved business development in the asphalt industry locally, regionally and internationally.

Kuarlal loves to play football and cricket and loves his pet dog, Tribo, a German Shepherd. Kuarlal is married to his wfie Shereezah Joan Rampersad, who is also an STLE Member. They have two children, a daughter, Shriya (19 years old), who gave several presentations on tribology and lubrication engineering at the local chapter conference, and a son, Shivian (10 years old), who wants to be like his dad when he grows up.

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Robert D. Heverly

Technical Sales Representative, R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Texas (USA)

Bio: Robert D. Heverly is a technical sales representative for R.T. Vanderbilt Company based in Seabrook, Texas.  Heverly is a member of the STLE Executive Committee currently serving as Secretary; he will become the vice-president in 2012, assuming the presidency in 2013. Heverly received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and in 1986 he joined the R.T. Vanderbilt Co. Rob joined STLE in 1986 and is active in the Society’s Houston Section, where he progressed through the executive chair positions and served as chairman in 1999. He ran the Houston Section’s 1998 Lube School. Beginning in 2003, Rob served two two-year terms as STLE’s Southwest/Southeast Regional Vice President, a territory that includes Houston, North Texas, Oklahoma, Atlanta and the Carolinas. In 2007 he became STLE’s Membership Committee chair and led a team that rewrote the Society’s Local Section Handbook. In 2000 Rob earned STLE’s prestigious Certified Lubrication Specialist© certification. He also holds the Certified Lubricating Grease Specialist designation issued by the National Lubricating Grease Institute. Rob, his wife, Betty, and their two children, Angie and Matt, live in Seabrook. When not working or chauffeuring the kids, Rob is probably puttering in his garden or riding one of his beloved bicycles.

Rob's Member Story: "When I started working in the lubrication field I didn’t really have a choice in deciding to join the STLE, or ASLE as it was called then. My boss, Jack Hattendorf, simply told me to join because he said it was the hub for everything related to lubrication. He said my customers, competitors and colleagues would all be there. I started out by just attending the local Houston Section meetings and the Annual Meeting. I was just a part of the audience, and it was enjoyable. I would get exposed to the latest technology and get to hang out with my buddies. The folks running the Houston Section noticed my regular attendance and lack of contribution and asked me to help with some small tasks. Honestly, I was reluctant to help, but they were persuasive and before long I was volunteering and having an even better time. I took on more responsibilities and moved through the chairs at the section level. I later joined the Board of Directors and am moving through the chairs there, too. I have spent a lot of time and energy helping STLE but I have received much more than I have given, both personally and professionally. I highly recommend it to anyone in our industry."

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Patrick Kilbane

Pat KilbaneBusiness Development Manager, ALS Tribology, Ohio (USA)

Bio: Patrick Kilbane is a Business Development Manager for ALS Tribology in North America. He has been with ALS Tribology for the last six years assisting customers develop their oil analysis programs as well as providing technical support as their programs evolve.  Prior to ALS Tribology, He spent 10 years with PREDICT as an Analyst, Trainer and Business Unit Manager. Patrick is a Certified Lubricant Specialist and has certifications in Vibration, Failure Analysis, and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis.

Patrick’s Member Story:  “My first Introduction to STLE was at the Detroit Annual Meeting in 1996. I remember thinking to myself that this was an organization that my company and I should be active in. I came back from the meeting a spoke to my boss at the time about getting more involved. As it happens that same day a call came in from the Cleveland section looking for new volunteers and so I was volunteered.  STLE has helped me perform at a higher level through education courses, seminars, technical sessions and local section meetings. Most people don’t realize how much STLE has to offer. There is a lot of information throughout STLE and knowledgeable people willing to help.  Networking with these individuals has provided me with a valuable resource and a lot of friends along the way.  The more involved you become the greater the return is for you and your company.”

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Charles H. Paxton

Technical Consulting, General Motors Corporation, Michigan (USA)

Charles PaxtonCharles graduated in 1965 from Patterson Cooperative, Dayton, Ohio, and successfully completed Post- Graduate Summer Programs in Tribology, Lubrication, Friction and Wear at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkley and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He served as a General Motors Employee for 38 years, and is now retired. His time there included 28 years in the field of Lubrication Engineering. He is currently on a “Fee-for Service” contract with General Motors. His present assignments include Engineering Support, Lubrication Engineering and Triboligical Systems Failure Analysis at Plant and Corporate Level.

He has also been very active in STLE. He is a Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS), an STLE Director, Member of the Local Section Affairs Committee, Certification Committee, Member and Past Chair of the CLS Certification Committee, previous member of the Governance Committee, past Central U.S. Regional Vice President, and has previously served as the Chair of the Detroit and Dayton Local Sections. Within GM, he is the Chair of the GM LS-1 Basic Lubrication of Machinery and Equipment Standard Committee, Vice Chair of the GM LS-2 Lubricant Standard Committee, and a member of the GM LS-2 Lubricant Approval Sub-Committee, the GM HS-1 Hydraulic Standards Committee, and the GM PS-1 Pneumatic Standards Committee.

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Peter Drechsler

Senior Tribological Specialist, The Timken Company, Ohio (USA)

Bio: Peter Drechsler received a B.S. degree in Physical Science from Central Connecticut State University. He has been with the Timken Company for 31 years and is currently a Senior Tribological Specialist.  He has held other technical positions at AMF, Cuno Division as well as Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, division of United Technologies and the Torrington Company.Peter has published several papers and is the holder of two U.S. patents. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Inventor Award by Ingersoll-Rand for development of Grinding Coolant Reclamation technologies, which is a held as a company trade secret. Peter is an active member in the STLE. He is a past Chairman of the Connecticut Section, Past Regional RVP and current Past President of STLE. He is also a member of the ACS, ASM and NACE.

Peter's Member Story: "My involvement with the STLE started back in the mid 1980’s when I took the basic lubrication course at the Annual Meeting held in Chicago in 1984. My first experience was a little daunting in that attending for the first time I did not know very many people. But the one thing that I remember was how welcome I felt. Shortly after this I started attending the local Connecticut Section meetings and soon started to get involved. I held all of the officer positions and was Chairman twice and Educational Chair several times as well. During this time I also attended more educational courses at the Annual Meeting and always looked forward to the technical sessions where I always learned something new. This is a great way to keep up with the latest that is going on in our industry. From that first meeting in 1984 until now, I have only missed two Annual Meetings.  As time went on, I became more involved with our society. I became a Regional VP, Director and then continued on to become President. All of this would not have been possible if not for the recommendation that I got to join the STLE (ASLE back then) from my co-workers. They recognized the benefits of being a member of the STLE and encouraged me to join. I am glad that I took their advice; for I know that being a member as well as getting involved in the society has helped me in my career. I can look back at the 25+ years and honestly say that it has been a wonderful experience."

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Allison Toms

Technical Director, GasTOPS Inc., Florida (USA)

Bio: Allison Toms is the Technical Director of the GasTOPS Inc.  Mrs. Toms has extensive knowledge and experience in machinery condition assessment with more than 30 years as a chemist including her position as the Chief Chemist and Science Dept Head for the DOD Joint Oil Analysis Program Technical Support Center (300+ laboratories worldwide) where she published her development and application work on numerous condition assessment technologies.  Allison’s work in used-oil infrared analysis represents a milestone in condition monitoring; her algorithms are utilized for laboratory FTIRs and on-line IR sensors; the core of this work is an ASTM Practice, E2412.  Mrs. Toms has performed numerous mechanical inspections and data evaluations for aeronautical, marine and transportation industries.  Allison has published numerous articles, training materials and authored several book chapters on Condition Monitoring, Lubricant Properties, and Lubricant Management and is the co-author of the book “Machinery Oil Analysis - Methods, Automation & Benefits”, 3rd ed., published by STLE.

Allison's Member Story: I initially joined STLE in the 1990's because I was looking for a venue to keep abreast of the latest in lubricant and additive technologies.  The Condition Monitoring and most recent Wind Tribology Sessions increase the benefits. My only issue with the Annual Meeting is that it is impossible to fit in all the presentations I want to hear each year because Aerospace, Bearings, Synthetics, Grease, Wear, and so on, also have papers of interest to me.  There is not a more comprehensive source for current research and application papers in all these areas than the STLE Annual Meeting.  The contacts (and friends) made through STLE are invaluable.  In addition to being a Condition Monitoring course instructor, I have been the Chair of the Condition Monitoring Committee, the PSC for the Wind Tribology Committee and have presented numerous papers at the Annual Meetings.

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Les Miller

V. P. Engineering, Kaydon Bearings, Michigan (USA)

Bio: Les Miller is currently the V. P. of Engineering at Kaydon Bearings and has responsibility for the design, development and application of all products. Among the many special bearing products produced by Kaydon, they are specifically involved in supplying pitch and yaw bearings for the Wind Turbine industry.  Kaydon is North America’s largest manufacturer of such bearings.  Kaydon is also active in supplying special bearings to aerospace, semiconductor equipment, heavy equipment and a myriad of robotic type applications. Les has been active in the bearing industry for 34 years and received his BSME from Tri-State College.  He has been active in the ABMA Engineering Education Committee and Bearing Technical Committee for the past 15 years.  He has also been a member of the ASME Tribology Division and is a long time member of STLE.  His work history includes 26 years with NSK and a total of 8 years with Kaydon in ever increasing levels of responsibility for Product Design and Application Engineering.

Les’ Member Story: "Membership in STLE has afforded the opportunity to learn and keep abreast of developments in the field of rolling element bearings.  Participation and attendance at STLE events also offers the opportunity to network with many individuals in the world of tribology and lubrication that is only possible in such settings."

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Lynn Billings

Research and Development Product Specialist in Specialty Fluids and Greases, Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., Division of Suncor Energy

Bio: Lynn has an Honours Chemical Engineering Technology Diploma as well as attending the University of Guelph for a Bachelor of Science.  Lynn has over 32 years in the lubricant industry.  Prior to joining Petro-Canada, she was a Laboratory and Product Development Manager and Technical Sales at Forsythe Lubrication as well as 6 years at Gulf Canada in the Metallurgy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Analytical Services.  In my spare time, I have a hobby farm where we raise Red Angus Beef Cattle, Chickens and a couple of Pleasure horses, which we have ridden in the Western shows at various Saddle Clubs.  Of course, the three cats we have assist in the mice population and a pet dog for the grandchildren.

Lynn's Member Story: "I initially joined STLE when I was employed with Gulf Canada, working in the Metallurgy Department.  Lubrication and metallurgy go hand in hand out in the field.  I was asked to join the Hamilton STLE Executive back in 2003, and have served on the Executive since then.  I have been a dedicated member of STLE for over 20 years and currently am the Past Chair of the Hamilton Section with over 9 years on the Executive Committee.  During my tenure as Chair of the Hamilton Section, I was able to achieve the Large Section Award with the help of the Hamilton Section members.  The increase in membership over the two years as Chair brought the section from a Small Section to a Large Section.  I have presented papers in the Power Generation Section at the several Annual STLE meetings.  Also, I assisted with the Annual Meeting when it was held in Toronto, Ontario and became more involved at that time.  One of the membership benefits I like is the great exchange of information that takes place at the Annual Meetings as well as at the Local Sections.  Networking has also been an asset at STLE, where knowledge and expertise has provided me with experiences that I will never forget.  As of May 2012, I will become an active member on the Board of Directors."

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Paul Sutor

Lead for the Tribology and Fundamental Testing Team in Global Components, Chevron Oronite Company LLC

Bio: Paul Sutor leads the Tribology and Fundamental Testing Team in Global Components at Chevron Oronite Company LLC. The Team is responsible for performance testing of lubricants and additives, innovations in test methods and equipment, and failure analyses of engine components. Dr. Sutor has been a tribologist and active STLE member for 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California.

Paul’s Member Story: I began working in tribology at the Air Force Materials Laboratory in 1981 and joined STLE the same year. My project engineer was Karl Mecklenburg, who was later to become STLE President. Karl encouraged me to join, offer papers, and volunteer on a local and national level right away. Following his wise counsel has given me the opportunity to develop personal and working relationships with the finest minds in the field from all over the world, an incomparable education. And it has given me the opportunity to work with fellow tribologists organizing programs for, and coaching, the next generation of contributors to our field.

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Hamidreza Mohseni

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, Texas, USA

Bio: I received my BS, MS and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Iran (Sharif University of Technology, 2004), Australia (University of New South Wales, 2006) and USA (University of North Texas, 2011), respectively. I have been working as a postdoctoral fellow on development and processing of a new generation of solid lubricant coatings tailored for severe service condition. My research interests involve the interrogation of structural evolution due to different tribological contacts in ceramic thin films, hybrid materials and aerospace alloys. To accomplish this, advanced electron microscopy characterization techniques are employed to elucidate the underlying mechanisms that control friction and wear.

Hamidreza's Member Story: I came to know about STLE in 2009 when my adviser, Professor Thomas W. Scharf, passed me some articles published in TLT magazine, and then I attended 2010 and 2011 annual meetings as a student poster presenter. My posters were ranked for the first place platinum award for two consecutive years. I learnt through the coursework that tribology is a multi-faceted science that encompasses materials science, physics, chemistry, solid mechanics, etc. Having the chance of meeting experts from various disciplines all in one place every year is something that just STLE can provide and this is a unique learning and networking opportunity for students and professionals.

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Rachel Colbert

Fifth year PhD student in the Tribology Laboratory at the University of Florida, Florida (USA)

Rachel Colbert is a fifth year PhD student in the Tribology Laboratory at the University of Florida being advised by Professor W. Gregory Sawyer. She received both her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and will be defending her PhD this year. Over the past year she has been interning at Sandia National Laboratories in the Tribology Group with Dr. Michael Dugger. Her research focus has been on analyzing how environmental changes affect solid lubricant coatings, specifically molybdenum disulphide composite films.  More recently her research has focused on the effects water has on MoS2 films.  In addition to her research, Rachel has managed to stay active in the Graduate Student Council for the University of Florida Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department as well as serve on both the Materials Tribology Committee and Young Tribologist Committee for STLE.

Rachel's Member Story: "I got involved with STLE my first year of graduate school as my advisor, Professor Greg Sawyer, sends students in the lab to the annual meeting.  By my second year attending the annual meeting, I started getting involved with the Materials Tribology Committee, formerly Solid Lubricants Committee.  I served as secretary for 2 years and then was the Paper Solicitation Chair for the 2012 AM.  At the 2011 AM I also started getting involved in the Young Tribologist Committee.  I feel STLE is a great organization that provides numerous opportunities for students and professionals to present their work, network with colleagues, and plenty of ways to get involved."

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Nicolas Argibay

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (USA)

Bio: Nicolas Argibay is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Materials Science and Engineering Center at Sandia National Laboratories, specializing in materials tribology research.  He earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, as well as B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, at the University of Florida.  He joined STLE in 2005 while working as an undergraduate researcher at the UF Tribology Laboratory.  His graduate research focused on metal sliding electrical contacts.  Recently he has worked on projects ranging focused on the role of solid diffusion on the tribological performance of metal contacts and on the development of novel nanocomposite materials.

Nic’s Member Story:  "I first attended the 2005 STLE annual meeting as an undergraduate researcher still trying to figure out the scope of the field I had recently come to know as Tribology.  The meetings helped solidify my suspicion that Tribology is a wonderfully complex field at the cross-roads of all the natural sciences, a most captivating feature. The meetings were also the first opportunity I had to interact with a number of colleagues, many of whom are now friends.   STLE is an invaluable forum for the exchange of ideas and a great place to meet and interact with members of the community."

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Harman Khare

Fifth year PhD candidate in the Materials Tribology Laboratory at the University of Delaware, Delaware (USA)

Bio: Harman Khare is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Materials Tribology laboratory, working under the mentorship of Dr. David Burris at the University of Delaware. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering with Honors in 2008 from the Panjab University, India. His primary research focus is on atomic force microscopy based techniques in the nanotribological and nanomechanical characterization of solid lubricants, specifically molybdenum disulfide. His research interests also include instrument design for experimental tribology, variable temperature and environment tribology of solid lubricants and the tribology of polymer and metal matrix composites. Harman was the recipient of the Platinum poster award at the 2012 Annual Meeting; and was also awarded the University of Delaware Graduate Fellows Award in 2012.  Outside research, Harman has served on the executive committee as vice president of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association at the University of Delaware. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and spending time on the tennis court.

Harman's Member Story: "My initiation to STLE was at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, where I presented a talk on nanocomposite dispersion characterization methods. I have since regularly attended both the Annual Meetings and the International Joint Tribology Conference, presenting posters as well as giving talks about my graduate research. To me, STLE as an organization with the Annual Meetings and IJTC together serve as an indispensable resource for putting one’s research in a larger context- technical talks and discussions at the conferences help both discover new ideas and refine old ones. It has also given me the unique chance to meet people, who are in variedly different stages of their tribology careers, working on a range of equally varied aspects of tribology research."

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Raj Shah

Director, Koehler Instrument Company, New York (USA)

Bio: Dr. Raj Shah currently holds the position of Director at Koehler Instrument Company in Bohemia, NY; a worldwide manufacturer of quality testing laboratory instrumentation for petroleum and petrochemical testing laboratories.  His primary responsibilities include overseeing the Technical services and Sales/ marketing departments, setting up distribution channels worldwide, designing new research test methods and product development. Throughout his career Dr. Shah has actively performed extensive research within the field of lubricant / grease degradation analysis, developing various bench scale procedures to test lubricants, greases, and additive development, as well as alternative fuels, wear and friction studies. In addition, he has also held various pedagogical research and adjunct professor positions at several institutions including Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Hofstra University, NY and is currently on the Industrial Advisory Board, at the Chemical engineering dept. for State University New York at Stony Brook, NY,  Dept. of Engineering at Hofstra University, Hempstead , NY and was recently appointed by the Dean of engineering at Penn State University, University park, PA to the Industrial and Professional advisory council ( IPAC). Dr. Shah is an active member of ASTM, STLE, NLGI, SAE, ACS, AOCS, IFT, SPE and AICHE and chairs subcommittees in several of these organizations. He is a proud recipient of the NLGI Fellow award as well as the prestigious ASTM Award of excellence, twice. In 2012 he was conferred with the Presidents Felicitation Award  from NLGI – India along with the Shawl of honor and citation. At STLE, Dr. Shah has served as the PSC and Chairman of lubrication fundamentals committee, vice-chair of the grease sub- committee, and a co-chair for the Basic lubrication education course. He is an Associate editor for Tribology Transactions for over 12 years, and has been on the AMPC for the last 4 years. He is projected to be the technical chair at the 2015 STLE Annual meeting, in Dallas. Dr. Shah has authored over 50 publications. He co-edited the Fuels and Lubricant Handbook: Technology, Properties,Performance and Testing, which has since become an ASTM reference bestseller in the Petroleum Analysis field. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering with specialization in Petroleum and Tribology research from Pennsylvania State University, University Park , PA and also has certifications in Marketing and Management from Long Island University, NY. Dr. Shah is fluent in six languages and enjoys traveling, racquet sports, reading and foreign films.

Raj’s Member Story: "I became interested in STLE a little over 20 years ago during my graduate studies under Prof. Elmer Klaus at Penn State University. Prof. Klaus, then around 75 years old, professor of chemical engineering for over 40 years and a professor emeritus for over a decade already, was a legend in the field of Tribology. Our graduate student group, which included over 20 students working on various projects in what was called PRL (petroleum research laboratory) was required to present a project each year at STLE’s annual meeting. As a “poor ” graduate student, the opportunity to travel, meet other folks in the industry and get away from lab work for a week or so was something we all looked forward to every year. So, we would all pile up into a couple of vans and drive to wherever the conference was in the country. Prof Klaus, while involved in both academic and applied research really taught us from the start of our careers that a meeting like STLE was where one could meet potential employers once we graduated, discuss our research, gain experience on how to talk and present in the industry, and see what else is going on in the world of Lubrication and Tribology.  He was the president of STLE when it was still called ASLE and knew that this organization was the one place in our industry that brought together all the key folks from various groups (Academics/ Industry, etcetera) for one week to exchange ideas, brainstorm and get to know one another or catch up as the case may be. Once we all became fond of STLE, that was it. I saw the value of this membership as a graduate student and I can confidently say that over the years it has proven to be one of the most active and beneficial professional societies for me. I started my final year of graduate school as a PSC for the Lubrication fundamentals subcommittee, and moved up a rung in the ladder each year until I was the Chair of the Lubrication fundamentals committee a few years later; then moved on to join the associate editor s group, the grease subcommittee and finally, in the last few years, the AMPC, with a great deal of support along the way.  The staff at HQ is always prepared to help out in any way they can and the fellow members are more than willing to volunteer for various (fun and not so fun ) tasks. I for one could not have found a better group of folks to associate myself with. Over the years as part of Koehler Instrument Company, we have upgraded as corporate members, which has been highly beneficial to our organization. We send new employees to training courses each year and I have also hired contacts from STLE meetings--all fantastic employees. We find a great deal of value in exhibiting at the Annual meeting, and the articles in TLT always provide something interesting that helps our business and the individuals in our organization learn something new. My enthusiasm speaks for itself. As this society continues to globally expand further in years to come its influence will only become stronger. I am eternally grateful to have been introduced to STLE by Prof. Klaus two decades ago. To this day, I keep his ASLE tie that Mrs. Klaus gave me when I graduated. This along with the numerous friendships I have cultivated at STLE meetings over the years  is something I will always cherish."

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