STLE Newsletter - November 22, 2019

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17th Annual CMF Plus
The industries most innovative companies release key presentations form STLE’s 2019 Commercial Marketing Forum in Nashville. Read more.

Emerging technologies advance traditional condition monitoring techniques
Dr. Neil Canter, Contributing Editor | TLT Feature Article December 2019

Monitoring of lubricants and the machinery where they are used is becoming more important as end-users wish to extend operating life for as long as possible. End-users are requiring lubricants and machinery to operate at optimum levels under more demanding conditions. To achieve this objective, lubricants and machinery have to be monitored to ensure that they retain the original operating characteristics needed to do their required tasks. Read Full Article.

Direct ammonia fuel cell
Dr. Neil Canter, Contributing Editor | TLT Tech Beat December 2019

Development of fuel cells has focused on maximizing the efficiency of the proton-exchange membrane-based type that uses hydrogen as the fuel and generates water. One of the significant challenges is improving the oxygen-reduction reaction occurring at the cathodeRead Full Article .

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75th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Chicago, IL
Technical Education, Career Development and International Networking
Whether you work in the field or lab – industry, academia or government – STLE’s annual meeting has programming designed specifically for you. Join 1,600 of your peers from around the globe for five unique days of technical training and industry education that could change or uplift your career.

Early Birds! Register by April 2nd and save $100 on your meeting registration.

Find all conference details and register now at

Reserve your rooms for STLE 2020 at Hyatt Regency in Chicago
STLE has reserved a room block for guests attending the 75th Annual Meeting & Exhibition May 3 – 7, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois. Special discounted rates have been negotiated. Please visit to reserve your rooms. Please note, rooms are assigned on a first come first serve basis.

Call for Tribology STEM Experiments
STLE is inviting members and their organizations to submit ideas for hands-on experiments focused on important areas of research within the fields of tribology and lubrication engineering for the society’s Annual Tribology STEM Camp. The camp will be held as part of STLE 75th Annual Meeting & Exhibition on May 4th.

STLE’s goal is to expose high school students, who have interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) about possible career opportunities in the field of tribology research and lubrication engineering.

Deadline to submit STEM tribology experiments is January 20, 2020.  Click here to find all STEM experiment criteria and submission form

STLE 2020 Call for Student Posters
Event organizers are inviting students from all areas of tribology research to participate in a special session dedicated to student posters. Posters must deal with an aspect of tribology research that can be translated into friction, wear and lubrication. Student poster research topics can be co-authored by faculty and other researchers, but only students may exhibit their posters and discuss their work at the session. The poster will be judged by a conference committee, and awards will be given to the best nine posters.

The deadline for poster submissions is March 15, 2020.
Click here for all poster information and criteria

STLE 2020 Abstract Submission Deadline has passed but you can still submit for the waitlist
The official submission period for the STLE 2020 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois has passed however you can still submit an abstract for presentation to the waitlist. Submission for early career posters, student posters and commercial marketing forums ends on Friday, March 13, 2020.

On behalf of the STLE Annual Meeting Planning Committee I would like to thank all those who have already submitted an abstract. We appreciate your participation and continued support of STLE.

Submit all abstracts to

Worldwide Student Poster Contest
Poster submission deadline is December 31, 2019

How tribology can affect the future world
Click here for contest rules and resources

Four age categories (4-8) (9-11) (12-14) (15-18)
Winners in each category receive cash prizes

Ages 4-8:    Explain how a lubricant works and show the results on your poster.

Ages 9-18:  Explain your experiment and results. Show ways to reduce friction and how this can be used to improve our lives in the future.

Click here to find all contest rules and details, including resources, explanation of tribology and possible experiment ideas.

STLE_75th_Anniversary_lapelpin_Transparent(1).pngDrive 75 - Support STLE’s Drive 75 and Your Local STEM Program!
STLE’s 75th Anniversary is being observed in many ways throughout the year, culminating in a festive celebration at the 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Chicago next May.

Your company can help honor and support the industry’s premier technical association by becoming a Drive 75 Sponsor and reaping a series of exposure benefits—the most unique of which aligns your company with the local STEM program of its choice!

For more information, click here. To discuss pricing and eligibility, contact Tracy VanEe at 630-922-3459 or at

Student Applications Available for 2019-2020 STLE Presidential Awards Program
Each year STLE grants three academic awards to undergraduate and graduate students, which are administered by the STLE Presidential Council. These awards are designed to encourage students to pursue an advanced degree or a career in tribology or lubrication engineering by subsidizing a research project related to the field. For more information about the Presidential Awards Program, click here to download the application forms. Students must apply separately using the appropriate application forms. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2019. 

The 15th ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference
4-6 December 2019, Hyatt Regency Jersey City, USA

Over 215 delegates from 25 countries have already registered to take part at this leading industry event in the Americas.

Across 3 days in Jersey City, the event is packed with high-level conference content focusing on the North, Central and Southern American markets with an expert speaker line-up, addressing key topics and trends including the changing of supply patterns of Group III in North America, an update on ILSAC GF-6 and the outlook for Mexico within the lubricants industry.

Alongside thought-leading insights, significant networking time has been built into the programme to ensure you make the most out of your time out of the office.

Visit the conference website to find out more

STLE Metalworking Fluid Management Program
February 25 – 27, 2020, The Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport North

STLE’s Metalworking Fluid Management Program is a two and a half-day education program (typically held in February or March of each year) that offers a solid overview of metalworking fluid management and is tailored to provide industry professionals with a comprehensive look at the latest techniques and practices that are sure to improve their metalworking fluid operation.

For full details and to register visit

Save the date for the 7th World Tribology Congress
September 5 – 10, 2021 in Lyon, France

WTC 2021 aims to highlight recent important progresses in all aspects of Tribology, to strengthen the links between academy and industry, to provide a unique opportunity for discussion concerning the latest developments in Tribology and to promote international collaborations and exchanges. The Congress will consist of scientific sessions, keynote talks and symposia on topics at the cutting edge of various aspects of Tribology, a wide exhibition and additional events - scientific and nonscientific. Find full details at

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Upcoming Section Activity
Local sections are the best place to receive tribology and lubrication knowledge. Take a look below to see local section activities taking place near you.

STLE Toronto Section Workshop and Panel Discussion
November 27 | Scarborough, ON Canada

STLE Northern California Section Meeting
November 27 | Oakland, CA USA

STLE Houston Section Social Outin
December 8 | Houston, TX USA

Click here to view all upcoming events