Meet STLE’s Newest Board Members

Members have elected the following to STLE’s 2021-2022 Board of Directors:

  • Khalid Malik, Ontario Power Generation in Pickering, Ontario, Canada
  • Ramoun Mourhatch, Chevron Oronite LLC in Richmond, Calif.
  • Angela Pitenis, University of California, Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Malik, Mourhatch and Pitenis begin their three-year terms in May.

Khalid Malik is a mechanical engineer with 32 years of experience in plant engineering, nuclear systems, the lubricant industry, project management and equipment reliability. He is the lead auditor general – nuclear oversight for integrated fleet management at Ontario Power Generation. Malik received his bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology. He holds STLE’s Certified Oil Monitoring Analyst I and II™ (OMA I and II) and Certified Lubrication Specialist™ (CLS) designations. Malik participated in the development of highperformance lithium-based grease for motor applications in high radiation harsh environment, the research and introduction of modern turbine oil for nuclear plant applications, the development of OPG Lubrication and Predictive Maintenance Programs, the OPG Nuclear Center of Excellence pump initiative and much more. He is currently the chair of the STLE Seals Technical Committee and is a subject matter expert for the CLS Exam Committee.

Ramoun Mourhatch is a lead scientist developing automotive engine oils at Chevron Oronite (part of Chevron Corp.). In his previous roles, Mourhatch has worked in tribological research since 2003 and has been an STLE member since 2004. His areas of research work have ranged from characterization of tribofilms to root cause analysis of wear events on tribo-contacts n internal combustion engines, pumps and gears systems. He received his bachelor of science degree in materials engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, in 2002 and holds a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Angela Pitenis is an assistant professor in the materials department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research group studies interfacial engineering, with a particular focus on soft, biological and biologically-inspired material systems. Current activities include developing in situ instrumentation, designing aqueous gel systems and recapitulating the 3D tissue and tumor microenvironment. She earned her doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. She has been an active member of STLE since 2012 and has served as paper solicitation chair (PSC) of the STLE Biotribology Technical Committee, member of the STLE Early Career Award Committee and co-organizer of the JAST-STLE 2018 Young Tribologists Symposium in Sendai, Japan.