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Presidents Message August 2008


THE NEW IJTC

By Robert Bruce

Presentations and exhibits and a new industry emphasis make this event feel more like STLE's annual meeting.

You may be surprised by the dynamics of this year's STLE-ASME International Joint Tribology Conference, Oct. 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Florida. With more than 200 presentations and 10 exhibitors, the interaction is more like what you generally associate with an STLE annual meeting.

We're also expecting more practical papers than usual and a wider range of audience participants. You'll still find a healthy dose of academic papers and student posters, but the IJTC Program Planning Committee has made a concerted effort to better connect with industry and end-users.

Please take a look at the program at www.stle.org and let me know what you like or don't like about the IJTC. Miami is known for its restaurants and nightlife, and the Hyatt is downtown where the Miami River and the coast meet with Highway 1. Things to see and do in the Miami area include the beaches, deep-sea fishing, bridge fishing, scuba diving, sailing, golf, tennis, dancing, the Parrot Jungle, jai-alai, the art deco district (in flamingo pink, lime green and Caribbean blue), museums and gardens. Average high and low temperatures in Miami in October are 29 C (85 F) and 22 C (71 F), so leave your sweaters home.

Last year's meeting in San Diego was very successful, and what we learned from that event has been applied to the Miami meeting. The use of extended abstracts has increased the number of presentations, and the poster sessions are attracting a younger audience. The exhibits bring another perspective that the audience appears to appreciate. And

STLE has been helping those who need a U.S. entry visa to attend the IJTC.

The link between the IJTC and publications has always been strong, and we hope to build on that. Meanwhile, if you want to check out this year's conference, please go to www.stle.org for hotel, program and reservation information. Be sure to register before the Sept. 30 Early Bird deadline to save $100 on your registration. If you would like to suggest further improvements, please let me know via the address at the end of this column, or contact the planning committee through e-mail addresses on the IJTC Web site.

In 2009 the IJTC moves to Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 19-21. Memphis is a dream come true for American music lovers. You

might have heard of the Memphis Blues and the Beal Street Blues. Beal Street is still in the middle of Memphis's legendary music action.

Some time ago I was touring Egypt with a small group accompanied by an excellent young guide, who told us about an ancient King of Memphis who was depicted in a huge statue. When returning to the tour bus, I told our guide that we also have a Memphis in the United States with an ancient king called Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll! Our guide had no idea who I was talking about, but Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion, his cars and airplanes continue to draw crowds, as does the Sun Studio where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt and U2 have recorded.

But first I hope to see you at this year's IJTC, Oct. 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

Bob Bruce is principal engineer, tribology, at GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati. You can reach him at robert.w.bruce@ae.ge.com.

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