STLE Member Highlight - April 2024

STLE is thrilled to shine a spotlight on our outstanding members with the new Member Highlights feature.

This new homepage feature will highlight one STLE member per month, to promote their work or research and discuss how STLE has helped in their career. The goal is to learn from other STLE members, form collaborations and expand networking opportunities.

Any STLE member can participate. If you are interested, please fill out the online form at


Robert Mulkern,
Senior R&D Chemist
Fuchs Lubricants Co.

What is your role at your organization?
My role in the R&D department is a focus on tribology mainly pertaining to grease. I also specialize in sustainability and regulatory efforts in additive and grease chemistries when they are deemed problematic.

What products or services does your organization provide?
FUCHS has more than 100,000 customers from the following industries: automotive suppliers, OEM, mining and exploration, metalworking, agriculture and forestry, aerospace, power generation, mechanical engineering, construction and transport, steel, metal and cement industries, food, glass production, casting, forging industry and many others. Learn more at

How long have you been a member of STLE?
I have been attending annual meetings under the company membership since 2012 and have  been an individual member since 2016. I volunteer as a new member ambassador, where we reach out to new members and offer advice and guidance on how to best utilize their membership.

How has STLE helped you throughout your career?
STLE has helped provide me with a baseline knowledge of lubricants, as well as a look into other fields which I am not as well versed. As I've grown in my career, it has helped keep me up to date with growing trends as well as a critical networking outlet.

What is the greatest benefit you get from your STLE Membership?
The annual meeting is the crown jewel in both networking and recent research updates.

What would you say to others looking to get involved with STLE?
If you've benefited from the resources from STLE in any way, you'll only expand on those benefits once you've integrated with the organization.

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