Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the schedule for the Virtual Annual Meeting?
The STLE Virtual Annual Meeting will occur with keynote and plenary presentations and technical sessions being presented daily from 8:30 am to 6 pm (US Eastern Daylight Time) beginning Monday, May 17 through Thursday, May 20. All registered attendees have access to the virtual event platform, e-Attend™, powered by Image Audiovisuals (STLE’s virtual event partner) for the conference. Prepare as you would for an in-person event. Plan your day with adequate time and have what you need for the sessions you are attending. Come to the sessions focused so you can fully participate.

What if I am not available to attend the Virtual Annual Meeting or missed any of the presentations? 
No worries we got you covered! The virtual conference platform and meeting content will be available on demand for up to 90 days to attendees after the event concludes. Because all sessions and presentations are recorded and archived, you will have the opportunity to re-watch presentations or catch a presentation that conflicted with another session. All the sessions and presentation recordings will be available for on demand access unless noted. Presentations are typically accessible on demand the next day after they are broadcast during the scheduled time listed in the program schedule.

How do I update my profile?
On the top right of your screen you will see your name. From the drop-down menu next to your name, select “My Profile.” Be sure to complete your profile with your bio and other contact information so you can connect with other attendees. In your profile, you can build your personalized schedule, manually set your schedule to your preferred time zone, and download handouts to your virtual briefcase.



Where do I find Tech Support?
If you have technical questions about navigating the site, go to Information in the navigation menu and click on Tech Support to help resolve any technical issues. If you have STLE-related questions, you can chat with STLE staff by clicking STLE Information or visit us at the STLE membership booth in the virtual exhibit hall. 



My video or audio is not working. What can I do?
Double-check that you are in a supported web browser. Most modern web browsers work, but we recommend Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge.

How do I get to the technical sessions, keynote, and plenary presentations? 
If you are in the lobby, click on Meeting Rooms to your left, or the Event Schedule at the top of the navigation menu to view the program agenda. Live presentations streaming will be indicated with a red button in the schedule. Attendees can also search for sessions and presentations and by keywords and authors.




The keynote and plenary presentations will be streaming in the Grand Ballroom, which is accessible in the lobby, or at the top of the navigation menu.



Join us for our keynote and plenary presentations featuring eight world-renowned thought-leaders, each presenting their perspectives on the latest emerging trends and technologies impacting the tribology and lubrication industry.

Keynote and Plenary Sessions Schedule:
All times listed are US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Monday, May 17
8:30 – 10 am EDT
  • Dr. Said Jahanmir, The National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing, “How Tribology Benefits Technology and Society” (Keynote Presentation)
  • Dr. Mike Lovell, Marquette University, “Inflection Point: A New Paradigm for Tribology Education” (Keynote Presentation)
  • Dr. Kathy Wahl, Naval Research Laboratory, “Advancing Tribology – How Will We Tackle the Next 75 Years?” (Keynote Presentation)

Tuesday, May 18
8:30 – 10 am EDT
  • Dr. Melissa Orme, Boeing Additive Manufacturing, “Recent Advancements in Additive Manufacturing at Boeing” (Keynote Presentation)

Wednesday, May 19
8:30 – 10 am EDT
  • Dr. Amit Parikh, Smith & Nephew, Inc., “Implant Materials in Anthroplasty” (Keynote Presentation)
1 – 2 pm EDT
  • Dr. Jack Zakarian, JAZTech Consulting, “Hit the Right Notes with Your Technical Presentation” (Plenary Presentation)

Thursday, May 20
8:30 – 10 am EDT
  • Dr. Christopher Williams, Virginia Tech, “Tribology, Surface Science and Additive Manufacturing: Opportunities for a Symbiotic Relationship” (Keynote Presentation)
1 – 2 pm EDT
  • Dr. Jim MacLeod, National Research Council Canada, “Engine Icing Certification” (Plenary Presentation)

How can I ask questions to the speakers/presenters? 
Session chairs will serve as moderators for each technical session and attendees will be able to join the online chat in the virtual event platform for discussion with other attendees and can ask questions. Available speakers/presenters will be asked to join the discussions during their designated presentation times and address the questions posted. You can also reach out directly to speakers/presenters through the private chat function in the platform.

Where can I network with fellow attendees?
Join your peers in the Networking Lounge, which is open throughout the STLE Virtual Annual Meeting. Participate in the public chat room and share ideas and key takeaways from the conference with other attendees and discover new connections. Also, click on the Annual Meeting Attendee Roster for the list of registered attendees and view their profiles. If you wish to engage 1:1 chat, you can select an attendees’ name in the Chat with Colleagues box at the bottom of your screen to start a private conversation.




In the Networking Lounge, you also can check out our Virtual Bulletin Board for the latest news and information and listings of upcoming industry conferences available to the STLE community. Also, visit the STLE Career Center for job seekers searching for new employment opportunities and to post your resumes, and for employers looking for potential job candidates. The Literature Room in the Networking Lounge is the place to go to catch up on your reading of the latest journals, publications, and other industry resources available.



How should I use the public chat function? 
Messages posted to the public chat function can be viewed by all attendees. Please keep your messages brief and positive. For example: “Hello from my lab in Park Ridge, IL.  Looking forward to a great conference!”  Do not post messages intended for another attendee (there’s a private chat function for that purpose) or requests for technical support (that’s available through the Information Desk in the lobby). Any messages with unprofessional or inappropriate content will be deleted by STLE staff and could result in your removal from the meeting site.  This includes, but is not limited to, excessive commercialism, price information or comments about an individual presentation. Thanks for your cooperation!

Are there other networking opportunities available during the conference? 
There are several networking events planned for attendees to engage with each other during the STLE Virtual Annual Meeting.

Virtual Networking Breaks have been scheduled in the mornings & afternoons between each breakout technical sessions and will last for 30 minutes. While this does allow for you to catch up on work or at-home responsibilities, it’s also a chance to recap the previous sessions, ask a burning question, or just say “hello!” and connect virtually with a colleague. 

“Industry Insight” Chats will be hosted in the mornings or afternoons each day where you can connect with industry and academic leaders for a more informal networking exchange discussing the latest hot topics in the field of tribology and lubrication. Click here to learn more. Zoom Rooms for the Industry Insight sessions are accessible from the Networking Lounge.

Virtual Networking Reception will occur on Monday evening, May 17 (6:30-8 pm EDT). Bring your libation of choice and plan to add to the conversation! This isn’t your traditional networking setting, but it’s designed to really get people to engage and find real value in connecting with your colleagues in the field. Click here to learn more.

Virtual Mix and Mingle Reception will occur on Wednesday evening, May 10 (6:30-8 pm EDT). Please join your fellow tribology colleagues for this fast and fun—but productive—virtual networking event for a time to catch up, share ideas you’ve learned from a technical talk, or even make some new friends. Don’t miss out to engage with the world’s leading industry professionals in the field. Click here to learn more.

Euro-Focused Networking Sessions are open to all attendees to encourage open discussions between experts of different disciplines on various topics of interest impacting the tribology and lubricants community across Europe and abroad. Active participation, including experience sharing of each participant, is one of the main features of this event, providing a unique opportunity to connect and learn with industry colleagues. Sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 20 (7:30-8:45 am EDT). Watch for email announcements of the program schedule and links to join these sessions to be sent to all attendees from STLE during the conference week. Click here to learn more

Are any of STLE’s Technical Committees hosting business meetings virtually this year? 
Most of STLE’s Technical Committees will be hosting business meetings virtually during their designated times noted in the program schedule. Business meetings will be held via Zoom, where everyone can be seen and heard, and links will be provided by the session chairs in the attendee chat in the platform for participants to join. Please be sure to mute yourself if you are not speaking.

Will there be the traditional Tuesday President’s Luncheon Program/STLE Annual Business Meeting? 
The annual meeting’s major business function goes virtual on Tuesday, May 18 (1-2 pm EDT) honoring STLE’s incoming and outgoing presidents, award winners and top volunteers. Join us as we salute 2020-2021 STLE President Paul Hetherington with HollyFrontier Lubricants & Specialties and 2021-2022 STLE President Ken Hope with Chevron Phillips Chemical.

How do I get to the Exhibit Halls?
If you are in the lobby, click on Exhibit Halls, or use the navigation menu. You can enter the virtual trade show located in four exhibit halls. Be sure to also visit the Poster Gallery and browse the latest research on display by the next generation of tribologists.



Please make time in your schedule to visit with the more than 65 companies that are exhibiting and looking forward to connecting with you to preview the latest industry products, services, and technologies. When you click into each virtual booth, you can chat directly with technical experts, download handouts, videos, and product information. If you would like to know more about STLE member resources, you can also chat with staff at the STLE membership booth in the exhibit hall.




Will there be Exhibitor Appreciation Hours?
Exhibitor Appreciation Hours will occur with 90 minutes of dedicated exhibit time: Monday, May 17 (3-4 pm EDT) and Tuesday, May 18 (3-3:30 pm EDT)— no need to worry about missing a Commercial Marketing Forum presentation or technical session to allow you the opportunity to explore the virtual trade show.

Regular Trade Show Hours
Monday, May 17: 10 am-4 pm EDT
Tuesday, May 18: 10 am-3:30 pm EDT
Wednesday, May 19: 10 am-3:30 pm EDT
Thursday, May 20: 10 am-3:30 pm EDT

Can I still register for the STLE education courses available after the Annual Meeting?
Yes, registration is still open for three education courses that will be offered virtually after the STLE Annual Meeting. Each course is a two-day event on Tuesday and Wednesday of its respective week. The course modules will be pre-recorded presentations, followed by a live Q&A with the presenter. Modules will be available up to 90 days after the course to registered participants.

STLE 2021 Education Course Schedule
Metalworking Fluids 105 | May 25-26 (registration deadline: Monday, May 24)
Advanced Lubrication 301 | June 1-2 (registration deadline: Monday, May 31)
Advanced Lubrication 302 | June 8-9 (registration deadline: Monday, June 7)

Click here for full course descriptions and to register.  

What are the dates for the 2022 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition?
The 76th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be held May 15-19, 2022, at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin (Orlando, FL area). The deadline for Call for Presentations is Oct. 1, 2021, and the abstract submission site will open sometime in early August.

Thank you for joining us for the STLE Virtual Annual Meeting! If you have any additional questions, 
please email information@stle.org or chat with the STLE staff during the event.