Opening General Session: Keynote Address

Monday, May 4, 2020 | 10:30 am - Noon
Grand Ballroom Hyatt Regency Chicago

Overall Theme: 21st Century Challenges for the Tribology & Lubricants Community
The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) has announced its lineup of keynote speakers who will present three 15-minute (TED style) presentations looking at the roots of lubrication and tribology, present applications and future innovations on Monday, May 4, during the 2020 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 3-7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2020 Annual Meeting keynote speakers include:
Dr. Said Jahanmir, assistant director for federal partnerships, at the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO). Dr. Jahanmir received a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his work in tribology (friction, lubrication and wear) led to a new theory for wear of materials based on the fundamental mechanics and physics of contacts. Jahanmir, an STLE and ASME Fellow, also served as the 2018-2019 ASME president. He is also currently the president and CEO of Boston Tribology Associates, an engineering consulting firm. He is a prominent technology leader with extensive scientific, technical, management and policy experience in the U.S. government, industry and academia.
Dr. Kathryn J. Wahl, Head of the Molecular Interfaces and Tribology Section, at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Wahl received a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from St. Olaf College, and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. She came to the NRL as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the Tribology Section and studied friction, wear and transfer film formation of model solid lubricant coatings. Since joining the NRL research staff, her research has focused on fundamental physics and chemistry of sliding and adhesive surfaces for contacts ranging from macroscopic to nanometer-scale. Wahl has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Review of Scientific Instruments, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Tribology Letters and Wear. She is a fellow of STLE and American Vacuum Society (AVS), and a member of Materials Research Society (MRS) and American Chemical Society (ACS).
Dr. Michael R. Lovell, president of Marquette University. Dr. Lovell received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Marquette, Lovell served as chancellor for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was a professor and associate dean for research at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering and a professor at the University of Kentucky, after starting his career at ANSYS, a firm that develops engineering simulation software. He has published more than 100 articles in leading engineering journals, has written a dozen book chapters and co-authored the book, Tribology for Scientists and Engineers. He has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and numerous other organizations. He is a fellow of ASME and National Academy of Inventors, and holds U.S. and world patents.