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Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract to present at the 2024 STLE Tribology & Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference in Detroit, Michigan, October 22-25, 2024. Please complete the submission form with your abstract. Abstracts must be 1,000 words or less. Please note that all presenters must be willing to present in person at the STLE E-Mobility Conference. 

Please also note STLE's commercialism policy

Thank you very much for serving as a member of the STLE volunteer leadership in 2023.  You are one of more than 300 people from across North America and around the world who generously provide our organization with the energy to pursue its vision of being the foremost technical society in tribology, lubrication engineering and related sciences.

STLE volunteers serve in a variety of capacities and represent a wide range of companies and organizations.  This type of involvement would not be possible without the support of your employer.  We would like to demonstrate STLE’s appreciation for this commitment by sending a letter of thanks to the appropriate person.  Simply complete the form and STLE will send a letter. 

Thank you for your participation in the Member Highlights project. Member Highlights will be a new feature on the STLE homepage starting in 2024. The idea is to highlight the wonderful work/research our members are doing while also promoting STLE Membership.

Please fill out the following questions in the Member Highlights form. Take as much space as needed to answer each question. In addition to your responses, please provide a high-resolution image of yourself no smaller than 300x400 pixels in png or jpg file format. We will use the image to create a nice graphic banner that will link to your page with answers. This will all be archived on the STLE website.



IMPORTANT: Please complete and return this form to STLE Headquarters.

Please note if you are reporting in a currency other than US dollars. (Example: Canadian dollars) Please annotate the dollar amounts received and monies paid for separate functions such as social activities, education courses, /technical meetings. etc. The fiscal year beginning balance (July 1st) in the main checking account plus monies received (revenues) minus monies paid (expenses) should equal the fiscal year ending balance (June 30th) in the main checking account.

Please use this form to request badges for your booth staff.

This request form will create Exhibit Hall Only badges for your staff who are working in the exhibit hall at your booth and grant access to use the lead retrieval system.  Our new lead retrieval system is built into the STLE mobile app.  You are allowed 4 booth staff per 10x10 booth.

Enhancing your company’s profile and maximizing its ability to tap into the services of the lubricant industry’s premier technical society is what STLE’s Corporate Membership Program is all about. Becoming an STLE Corporate Member means access to many of STLE’s best marketing features, educational offerings and professional networking services—all at significant savings to your company.

Already a value-rich benefits structure, STLE’s Corporate Membership program has been enhanced to offer an increased number of reasons to join. Both the CM Basic program and the new CM Premium option extend a variety of opportunities to connect with the Society and raise your company’s profile

Thank you for your interest in a STLE Certification Exam.  

Our new online Webassessor program allows you to be in control of where and when you take your exam.  This option allows candidates to take STLE certification exams at home on their personal computer at a time and date that works best for them. This delivery method requires a  secure internet connection, webcam, and the ability to download the lockdown browser on your personal computer.  

Online exams offer the ability to tag questions during the test for further review, and displays a list of these at the end of your exam so you can go back and double check your work.  Exam results and feedback are immediate upon your submission.

Please complete the eligibility form and application. and further instructions will be sent to you regarding how to make your exam payment.  STLE Certification Department


Individuals must satisfy at least 3 of 14 requirements by providing documentation for each and pay a renewal fee if you are under 9 years of holding your certification.   If you have had your certification for 9 years or more, please simply pay your renewal fee and submit an employer letter verifying employment.  

You may save your work and list your requirements as you complete them.

Requires a current official school transcript.  Available to full-time undergraduate or graduate students in an accredited academic institution majoring in physics, chemistry, engineering or other related technical or scientific disciplines.

Each month TLT publishes a short interview with an STLE member or intriguing person in the lubricants/tribology community. The person should have an interesting job or be considered a leading figure in his or her field.

There are no restrictions on who is a good candidate. Subjects can come from any area involving lubrication engineering or tribology—manufacturers, engineers, sales/marketing personnel, academicians, researchers, search-firm executives or industry leaders.

Please identify an interesting person whom you think would make a good subject for a 20 Minutes interview. Contacting this individual to see if he or she is willing to be profiled is mandatory before submitting their name. This also is a good time to ask the individual about key topics to discuss.

You should provide the person’s name, organization, job title and the reasons why you think this individual would make a good interview subject. In addition, please provide 4-5 “starter” questions to get the interview rolling. The questions you submit should relate to the person’s work or research. The idea is to find an engaging person and get him or her to discuss the technical aspects of their work. Please let your candidate know that he or she also will submit questions, guiding the direction of the article, and have final approval of the content. Click here to read a 20 Minutes interview article from 2022.

Questions should not relate to the person’s hobbies, family or non-work related interests. 20 Minutes is designed to be an informative article that provides technical information.

Each TLT feature article should be an in-depth exploration of a technical aspect in your area of expertise. These articles should include interviews with individuals who are technical and/or industry leaders in their field.

However, feature articles do not necessarily have to be about something new. They also can include a focus on important concepts or information that, while not new, have stood the test of time. Many STLE members are novices to the field of lubrication and need exposure to established ideas, concepts and information. TLT feature articles are an excellent place to discuss new ideas and developments and/or debate current theories or accepted practices.

Often features can be on a highly specific, narrowly defined topic. Identifying and describing a trend in lubrication engineering is an excellent concept for a feature.

Feature articles should be objective in nature and explore all sides of a technical issue. Sharing information and letting the reader make up his or her own mind is a good approach for a TLT feature article. Articles should not focus on specific brands or mention manufacturer names.

TLT feature articles should describe, discuss and debate:

  • New ideas, concepts and theories
  • Emerging technologies
  • New procedures
  • Trends relating to the group’s area of expertise
  • Issues of current interest.

Sample headlines from past TLT features include:

  • “Selecting Rolling Element Bearings for Modern Applications”
  • “Clean Grease is not An Oxymoron”
  • “Rethinking the Base Stock Equation”
  • “Hard-driving Lubrication: The Tribology of Computer Hard Drives”
  • “The Future of Sealing Technology”
  • “Air Compressor Lubricants: The Next Generation”
  • “Nanotribology: The Science of Thinking Small”
  • “Gas To Liquid: Transforming the Future of Lubricant Production”

This TLT editorial component is a short monthly survey of STLE’s membership. The idea is to elicit opinions, recommendations and information relating to a topic that most or all of the magazine’s readership can address.

Each month’s Sounding Board is comprised of three or four questions, all of which should address the same topic. The first type is an open-ended (opinion) question that requires a written response. The second type is a quantitative question that can be answered by checking a box, either Yes/No or multiple-choice.

Examples of open-ended questions:

• Please describe the most impressive piece of technology you’ve encountered in the past year.

• Please describe a recurring tribology headache you’ve encountered and the resolution of the problem.

• Briefly describe your organization’s success in establishing and using lubrication-scheduling programs.

• Please describe any techniques or practices that have helped you control contamination of lubricants.

• Please describe a tribological problem that you solved using synthetic lubricants.

• Please describe the greatest benefits to be derived from the development of a multipurpose/universal oil.


Examples of quantitative questions:

• Other than cost, have you noticed any negative effects when using synthetic lubricants? Yes/No

• What is the single greatest source of contamination? 

  • Enters through seals
  • Added through other lubricants
  • Internal generation through rust/corrosion

• Which statement best describes how easy it was to implement your lubrication-scheduling program?

  • Piece of cake
  • Some bumps in the road
  • Turf wars with people who want to do things “the old way”
  • Nightmare on Elm Street: Part VIII

• Do you think dedicating resources to develop multipurpose oils/fluids is a good idea, or should those resources be devoted to other resource projects?

  • Develop multipurpose oils
  • Devote those resources to other research projects.

Each month TLT publishes a short interview with an STLE member or intriguing person in the lubricants/tribology community. Candidates should have an interesting job or be considered a leading figure in his or her field. Click here to read a 20 Minutes interview article from 2022.
There are no restrictions on who is a good candidate. Subjects can come from any area involving lubrication engineering or tribology—manufacturers, engineers, sales/marketing personnel, academicians, researchers, search-firm executives or industry leaders.
The idea is to find an engaging person and get the candidate to discuss the technical aspects of their work. The candidate will have final approval of the content as well.
Questions and answers should not relate to the person’s hobbies, family or non-work related interests. 20 Minutes is designed to be an informative article that provides technical information.
We are looking for candidates for the 2025 TLT editorial calendar. Are you interested in being featured in TLT’s 20 Minutes interview article? If so, please complete the form and questionnaire below for a possible opportunity to be featured. We will contact you if you've been accepted for publication.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR FELLOW GRADE

STLE Constitution & Bylaws

Article III, Section 1(g)

Fellow Members. Fellow Membership may be granted to any individual (hereinafter, a “Fellow member”) who, according to the Society’s Fellows Committee, has demonstrated outstanding personal achievements in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering, has been engaged in active practice in a science and/or engineering profession for a minimum of 20 years, and has been an STLE Member for a minimum of 10 years.

GUIDELINES FOR NOMINATION PROPOSAL

FELLOW MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA AND PROCEDURES

Any current STLE Member may propose any other STLE Member for Fellow Membership by submitting a completed Proposal for Fellow form to the Society (herein referred as "Presenter"). The Presenter is responsible for completing the Proposal form, as well as securing five letters of support for the candidate from STLE Members (herein referred as "Sponsors"), at least two of which must be STLE Fellows. A Fellows Committee Member may not be a Presenter or a Sponsor.

KEY TIMELINES

June 1, 2024                   Call For STLE Fellows Nomination Proposals

September 30, 2024    Completed proposal must be submitted to STLE Headquarters

December 31, 2024      Fellows Committee completes review and recommendations

January 2025                Recommendations are presented to the STLE Board of Directors

May 2025                      Fellow Membership is awarded at STLE Annual Meeting

Fellows Committee members will evaluate each Proposal individually to determine if the candidate meets the standard for outstanding personal achievement through significant contributions in management, education, research or technological areas in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering. Failure to qualify does not preclude submission of a new Proposal in the future.

INTERPRETATION OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR FELLOW MEMBERSHIP

The Fellows Committee shall evaluate each Proposal to determine whether the proposed candidate: 

 1. has met the practice and membership requirements set forth in the STLE Constitution and Bylaws; 

  • When not obvious from dates provided on the nominee’s vitae or nomination form, the presenter or sponsors should explicitly address how the nominee meets the years of practice requirement.      
  • Examples of evidence for the start of practice include the publication date of a graduate thesis, an archival research paper dealing with any aspect of tribology or lubrication engineering, and the hiring date for a job in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering.  
  • The start of a general undergraduate or technology degree in engineering is not considered to be start of practice, unless that degree explicitly states a major or minor in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering.
  • Time in practice can include professional employment in science or engineering, with cumulative assignments meeting the requirements being acceptable.
  • Student and affiliate memberships do not count toward membership years requirement. 

 2. has had five sponsorship letters from STLE members submitted on the candidate's behalf, two of which are     from STLE Fellows.

 3. has demonstrated outstanding personal achievement in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering.

The candidate’s accomplishments must be beyond those typically expected of a scientist or engineer in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering.

The candidate should be recognized as an outstanding authority as shown by one or more of the following:

  • they/them being responsible for significant and widely known improvements in the field
  • relevant publications, including any or all of the following: books, papers, patents, articles, presentations
  • examples of exceptional professional distinction in the candidate’s area of influence.

PRESENTER AND SPONSOR GUIDELINES

Sponsors should be as widely distributed as possible. Preferably not more than two should be submitted from any one organization. If this is impractical, the Presenter should provide the Fellows Committee with an explanation regarding the selection of Sponsors.

As indicated above, elevation to Fellow is limited to those individuals that have demonstrated outstanding personal achievement well above those normally expected. Therefore, it is very important that the Presenter and Sponsors provide specific details that clearly identify these significant accomplishments. The Sponsor letter should not be regarded as an endorsement but rather a verification of the outstanding personal achievements the proposed candidate has accomplished.

PROPOSAL FOR FELLOW SPONSOR LETTER – SUGGESTED COMPOSITION:

It is highly recommended that the support letters contains all or most of the elements outlined below. 

a)  Introduction containing the objective of the letter and your relationship to the proposed candidate.

b)  Describe how the candidate has demonstrated outstanding personal achievements in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering.

c)  Show that the candidate’s accomplishments are beyond those typically expected of a scientist or engineer in the field of tribology and/or lubrication engineering.

d)  Demonstrate that the candidate is recognized as an outstanding authority as shown by one or more of the following:

            i.  they/them being responsible for significant and widely known improvements in the field,

           ii.  relevant publications, including any or all of the following: books, papers, patents, articles, presentations,

           iii.  examples of exceptional professional distinction in the candidate’s area of influence.

e)  Summarize the above and reconfirm your support for the elevation of the candidate to the status of STLE Fellow.

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