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Rachel Fowler, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief | TLT Publisher's Pen June 2021

STLE membership is a low-cost investment with high professional rewards.

STLE membership is available to those interested in staying current in the latest technologies, advancing their careers and making new professional connections from around the world.

STLE is now 77 years old, and there are many reasons for its longevity. STLE provides robust resources in technical research, education and professional development delivered through programming, courses, events and periodicals on topics most important to you. TLT was created to aid in the technical education and professional development of STLE members and industry colleagues.

STLE membership is available to those interested in staying up to date on the latest technologies, advancing their careers and making professional connections from around the world. There are many reasons to become an STLE member—and one big reason is savings. You can save money on education (webinars, courses and textbooks); publications (print and digital TLT, Tribology Transactions and Tribology Letters); networking (STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Tribology Frontiers Conference, STLE Local Section meetings—whether virtual or in person); and technical certifications (Certified Lubrication Specialist™, Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist™ and Certified Oil Monitoring Analyst I and II™). These are just a few examples of the many resources available to you.

Since life has been more virtual these days, STLE has adapted as well. The STLE Annual Meeting is virtual this year. There are many perks to this—all sessions and presentations will be recorded and archived on-demand to view on your own time. There will be a user-friendly, virtual meeting platform, and there will be many networking opportunities throughout the event. Did you know that certification exams are now available online? Also, TLT is still offered to you via the digital edition and TLT Archives available on

Another great way to get involved is to become an STLE volunteer. Volunteers allow STLE to grow and nurture the industry, foster new talent and grow the organization as a whole. Join an STLE Local Section in your area, and you can develop your leadership skills and can even work your way up to serving on the STLE Board of Directors. You can join STLE administrative or technical committees. STLE Education is always looking for individuals who would be interested in presenting a self-created, one-hour technical subject-based webinar. Once a year, TLT looks for Technical Editors who help develop technical content for the magazine. All of these volunteer positions look great on a resume as well. More information on becoming a volunteer is available at

To all STLE members and volunteers, thank you. STLE would not have made it to 77 years without you. It’s a privilege working with such smart, dedicated, industry professionals. I personally enjoy working with every TLT volunteer. Please continue to volunteer for TLT and STLE, and if you aren’t a member, consider joining a wonderful group of experts. For more details, contact
 You can reach TLT publisher/editor-in-chief Rachel Fowler at