STLE Newsletter - October 8, 2021

Member Benefits Guide

STLE Member Benefits – Member Benefit #2
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Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility [In-Person + Virtual]

An STLE Technical Conference  

November 3-5, 2021

Southwest Research Institute ( SwRI )  

San Antonio, Texas (USA)  

Join us in person or online for an all-new event exploring  the  latest  technical challenges  and commercial opportunities that will  impact the future of EV technology.   


Please note: On-site participation is limited to the first 100 registrants.

The rapidly changing electric vehicle (EV) technologies brings new opportunities for the tribology and lubrication community. Familiar challenges of transmission, gear and bearing lubrication are coupled with new requirements such as for lubricant  thermal and electrical  properties, new operating conditions, and changes in parts

STLE’s inaugural  Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference  provides three days of educational sessions, networking, and group discussions with industry experts on the latest advancements and outlook for the EV market. Come engage and learn with your peers to get a better understanding on the emerging technical issues related to EV technology.  

Conference highlights:

  • Expert-led presentations from leading companies and organizations with an interest in e-mobility
  • Panel discussions on state-of-the-art developments in EV technology and lubrication
  • Continuing education course introducing EV technology
  • Networking opportunities
  • Optional tour of the SwRI facility


Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Education Course
Introduction to Electric Vehicles
Wednesday Nov. 3, 8:30 - 5:00 pm

[In-Person + Virtual]

The one-day education program “Introduction to Electric Vehicles” will occur on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 8:30 am to 5 pm (US Central Time). Participants will be able to attend the course either in-person or virtually. Expert speakers from OEMs, Tier-one suppliers, additive and lubricant companies will be available to discuss the latest state-of-the-art developments in EV technology and lubrication. 
Click here to view Education Course Program Agenda
(Separate registration fee)


Course topics include:

  • An Overview of Hybrid, Full Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles
  • Hardware Design and Drive Unit: Transmission System, Electric Machine, and Geartrain
  • Lubricant Requirements for Electric Vehicles (including Hybrids, Gearbox and eMotor)
  • Heat Transfer Fluids and Thermal Management in HEV and EVs
  • Thermal Management in EVs (Sub-system and Components)
  • Test Methods for Evaluation of Electric Vehicles (including Tribological, Thermal and Electrical Properties)

Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Keynote Presentation
Electric Vehicle Tribology and Rolling Element Bearing Challenges
presented by Dr. Ryan Evans, The Timken Company
Thursday, November 4, 2021

The keynote presentation starts off with an introduction to rolling element bearings, followed by a survey of high-level electric vehicle (EV) key trends and technology drivers. Two EV bearing application spaces will be discussed in detail, including wheel end bearings and electric axle bearings. Tribological challenges and recommended solutions in each area will be offered, along with descriptions of key technology development capabilities needed to accelerate innovation such as high-speed bearing testing and advanced lubricant rheology experimental apparatus.

Dr. Ryan Evans holds a bachelor’s of science degree from The University of Akron and master’s of science and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, respectively. Evans joined the STLE Board of Directors in 2015, and in 2019 he became a member of the Executive Committee, serving one-year terms as treasurer and secretary. Currently, he is serving a one-year term as STLE Vice President and has been recognized with several STLE publishing awards. In addition to STLE, he is a member of ASM International and ASME.

Sponsorship for Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility
Companies interested in garnering exposure at--and demonstrating support of--the upcoming Electric Vehicles Conference through Sponsorship, please contact Tracy Nicholas VanEe at 630-922-3459 or

Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference Hotel
Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk Hotel
STLE has reserved a room block for guests attending the Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference, November 3-5 at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. 

Transportation - A SwRI shuttle bus has been arranged to pick up in-person attendees from the hotel and return them at the end of the day. 


STLE 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibition

STLE 2022 Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to Oct. 22, 2021
The submission site is open to receive abstracts for podium, student poster
and early career poster presentations at the 76th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 15-19, 2022 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Hope to see you in-person at the next Annual Meeting. If you are interested in presenting at STLE’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, please prepare 100-150-word abstract for submission.

The submission deadline is posted as October 22, 2021. 

Submit An Abstract


STLE Industry Insights (Virtual Event)
Raw Material Shortages and the Effect on Formulating New Products

October 20, 2021

Connect with your STLE Member colleagues in a casual and meaningful way in a virtual environment.

Topic: Raw Material Shortages and the Effect on Formulating New Products
Disruptions in the supply chain have impacted everyone, whether at the Chemical Manufacturing end to the Finished Part Supplier and everyone in between. From a formulator’s perspective, this disruption can significantly impact producing and delivering current products and developing anything new. The need to consolidate raw materials becomes a primary focus during development and even in reformulations. This Industry Insight will focus on current reasons for shortages and consider possible ways of overcoming them.

Presenter/Moderator: Jennifer Lunn
Jennifer Lunn has a BS in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. She spent the first 17 years of her career in various positions at The Lubrizol Corporation, including Research and Development of Additives, Research and Development of Metalworking Formulations, Metalworking Product Manager for North and South Americas, and Project Manager for Hydraulic and Industrial Gear Oils. Jennifer has been the Senior Research Chemist and Product Manager for JTM Products, Inc.’s Metalworking Division in the past four years. She focuses her time on formulating high-performing innovative products that meet the ever-changing landscape of the Metalworking Industry.

The October Industry Insights event is full and no longer available.  Please contact if you would like to be added to the waitlist.

Please note, this is a members only event. Registration is also limited to the first 40 registrants.

Perfecting Motion Podcast

Perfecting Motion: Tribology and the Quest for Sustainability
Episode 2 - Potential Benefits of Tribochemistry

STLE’s new free digital podcast series Perfecting Motion: Tribology and the Quest for Sustainability, returns with episode 2 Potential Benefits of Tribochemistry. Dr. Neil Canter invites Dr. Kuldeep Mistry, The Timken Company and Nicolas Argibay, Sandia National Laboratories to provide their viewpoints on the current and future potential for tribochemistry.  

“Perfecting Motion: Tribology and the Quest for Sustainability Podcast,” will feature conversations with leading industry professionals sharing their insights about current issues and trends impacting the global tribology and lubricants community.

All episodes will be archived and available on the STLE website (, as well as your favorite streaming apps such as Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, among other.


STLE Early Career Awards available for students and young professionals Deadline is Dec. 1st

Each year STLE's Early Career Awards honor outstanding research contributions made by students, postdoctoral fellows, and other recent graduates to the field of tribology working in academia and industry. 


The Early Career Awards Program is targeted at STLE student members, young researchers and junior-level academic faculty who are in varying stages of their professional careers. The awards provide recognition of technical achievements and financial support for attendance at the 2022 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.


Applications are evaluated by the STLE Early Career Committee, with the assistance of the Presidential Council.


Awards will be given for the following categories: student; postdoctoral researcher; academic professional, and industry professional. Additionally, applicants must (1.) be actively involved in tribology research, (2.) participate in the STLE Annual Meeting by giving an oral presentation, (3.) submit a complete application on or before the application deadline, (4.) not have received the STLE Early Career Award previously.


For more information, click here to download the application form. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2021.

Online Certification Exams

STLE Certification Exams Now Offered Online!
The wait is over! STLE is pleased to announce that online testing is now available for its certification exams, which means that you can now take an exam from your home or office at any time that fits your schedule. STLE offers four technical certifications: Certified Lubrication Specialist™ (CLS), Oil Monitoring Analyst I and II™ (OMA I & II), and Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist™ (CMFS).

Online Certification

Webinar Bundle: Lubrication Fundamentals
New to the industry? Need a refresher on the basics? The Lubrication Fundamentals bundle brings together seven webinars that highlight the fundamental topics of lubrication, additives, base oils, bearings, grease, gears, hydraulics, and synthetics. Each webinar relates to a topic taken from our Lubrication Specialist Learning Pathway Priority Group One.

The seven webinars collected in this bundle are as follows:

  1. Basics of Lubricant Additives presented by Chris Schmid - The Lubrizol Corporation
  2. Base Oils - Their Manufacture, Properties, Performance, and Application presented by John Rosenbaum - Chevron Global Base Oils
  3. Fundamentals of Industrial Enclosed Gears presented by Lawrence Ludwig - Schaeffer Manufacturing
  4. Bearing Fundamentals presented by Robert Gresham - Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  5. Fundamentals of Grease presented by Robert Gresham - Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  6. Basic Hydraulics presented by Robert Gresham - Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  7. Basic Synthetics presented by Robert Gresham - Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

Purchasing these webinars through the bundle provides a 36% savings! These webinars separately would cost $273 for members and $413 for non-members.

Lubrication Fundamentals Webinar Bundle

STLE Learning Pathways
STLE Learning Pathways provide an individualized approach to professional development by letting you personally manage your career growth with educational resources on topic areas that make up a Body of Knowledge to assist individuals in becoming technically competent as a Lubrication Specialist or Oil Analyst in the lubrication field. These resources include access to CRC Press books, STLE Webinars, TLT technical articles and online short courses.

This body of knowledge includes extensive peer-reviewed reference materials filtered by relevant key subject areas (Priority Groups) and then further divided into Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced competency levels for better use as a self-study or reference guide.

  • Basic: covers information required to develop a basic understanding of the key subject area.
  • Intermediate: covers information typically required to be competent in the key subject area.
  • Advanced:  covers more information than typically required for a Lubrication Specialist or Oil Analyst (covered in the certification exam), but are useful for job-specific requirements and responsibilities.

Tribology & Lubrication Technology October 2021

A brief history of the electric vehicle
Dr. Edward P. Becker | TLT Automotive Tribology October 2021

A surprising number of automobile-related firsts belong to William McKinley, the 25th U.S. president. On July 13, 1901, an unscheduled visitor arrived at the White House. Freelan O. Stanley, who would later cofound the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, had driven up to the mansion and invited the president to take a ride. The car was a Stanley Steamer, and the president was apparently unimpressed with his ride. Stanley had told the president, “I venture to predict that within a few years they will be a commonplace means of transportation.” McKinley then became the first president to also be an automotive critic when he offered his view on the subject: “Stanley’s overoptimistic, I think, when he says those things will someday replace horses.”

TLT Article One

Traveling again
Dr. Selim Erhan | TLT From the Editor October 2021

After a year of attending virtual meetings, many people started visiting customers and attending conferences this year. It is amazing how adaptive people are—how we find ways to manage in every situation and start making the best of it. But not always the best that can be achieved! When in-person interactions opened up, I realized how much I had been missing them. I would say, in my case, more than 90% of the information I could have obtained was lost. At first that looks like a large number since we had virtual conferences, chats and online meetings. There also is a significant amount of information available on the internet. What was missing was the power of face-to-face interactions, the human bond, the opening up to a person that had taken the trouble to leave the comforts of their environment to interact with us, the following appreciation and the mutual respect that establishes a base for a warm communication.

TLT Article Two

TLT Archives – The TLT Archives Collection provides individuals web access to previous articles dating back to 2009. Quickly find articles using the keyword search on or find articles through popular search engines like Google and Yahoo.  Click here to find the TLT Archives Collection.

ELGI – STLE Tribology Exchange Workshop
October 28 & 29, 2021
Marriott Courtyard Amsterdam
Register Today

Hosted by Dr. Manfred Jungk, MJ-Tribology and Dr Hannes Grillenberger, Schaeffler

Workshop Topics Include:
Tribology Fundamentals
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Science
Tribology Testing
Lubricant Chemistry
Round Table Discussion

Click here for the program

Delegates should register their attendance by completing the online registration form or contact the ELGI It is essential that registrations and payments in (€) Euros are sent to the ELGI no later than 1st October 2021. The registration fee (€) per delegate includes Tribology Training & Course Material; Coffee Breaks & Lunch; Buffet Dinner on Thursday 28th October.

OilDoc Conference & Exhibition has been postponed to November 17-19, 2021 in Rosenheim
Lubricants, Maintenance, & Condition Monitoring
November 17-19, 2021 *NEW DATES
Hybrid Event - Take part in-person or virtual

The trend-setting event in the fields of lubrication, maintenance and condition monitoring is planned as a hybrid event – take part live or virtual.

For the virtual participants, we don't just stream all presentations live to their workplaces, they have the option of asking the speakers questions and discussing with them via our app. We also broadcast the atmosphere of the event via live stream during the breaks, in the exhibition and at the unique networking events.

For the participants on site at the KU‘KO Rosenheim, we develope a sustainable protection and hygiene concept. We would be delighted when as many participants as possible take the opportunity to share their experiences face-to-face, exchange ideas and get to know other participants.

Here's the latest version of the presentation program.

Catch the Early Bird Discount - Register Now
Special discounts for STLE, ELGI & ICML members.


STLE Local Section Meeting

October 12, 2021
STLE Detroit Section Virtual Meeting
High-resolution Optical 3D Surface Metrology

October 25, 2021
Philadelphia Section Annual Golf Outing

October 27, 2021

Canton Section Virtual Meeting
Dealing with Lubricant Supply Chain Shortages

Find a Section near you by contacting one of the section leaders to learn more about local activities. You can only belong to one section, but as a member of STLE, you are a welcome guest at any local section event.

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