2015~2016 STLE Detroit Scholarship

Award Winners

2015 scholarship winner
2015-2016 STLE-Detroit Scholarship winner Chuanlin Tao (center) along with her Advisor Gary Barber
(right) and STLE-Detroit Scholarship Chair, Simon Tung (Left)
2015 scholarship winner 2
2015-2016 STLE-Detroit Scholarship winner Jingchao Ma (Center) along with his Advisor
Gary Barber (right) and STLE-Detroit Scholarship Chair, Simon Tung (left)

PMA-STLE Joint Lubrication Conference!

STLE members are invited to attend the Lubrication Technology for Metal Formers and Die Shops Conference, Feb. 12-13, at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel. Metalforming magazine, published by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), with the support of STLE, have created this conference for industry professionals to provide updates on new lubricants for stamping and tool and die machining, as well as opportunities to evaluate new formulations and to network with peers to discuss challenges and best practices.

The conference features 12 subject-matter experts speaking on topics, such as:

  • The Role of Engineered Lubricants in Advanced Automotive Body Structure Construction
  • Methods of Applying, Containing and Collecting Lubrication
  • Centralized Die Lubrication Delivery Systems – The Heart and Flow of the Pressroom
  • Applying Lubricants: Cost Reduction, Continuous Improvement, and Lean/6S
  • Lubricants for Lightweighting, and How to Measure Lubricant Coating Weight
  • Dry Film Lubrication – The Basics
  • Using Industry 4.0 Technology to Track and Measure Stamping Lubricant Use

STLE members are eligible to receive a reduce rate (50%) on conference registration. Attached is an advertisement about the PMA conference that we encourage you to share with your industry colleagues in the Detroit area that might be interested in attending. You can view the full program agenda and register at www.metalformingmagazine.com/lubetech, and enter code LUBSTLE50 to receive the discounted STLE member rate.

January 22, 2020 Brunch Meeting and President’s Visit

January 22, 2020 Brunch Meeting and President’s Visit

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 11:30 am – Presentations

State of STLE & Calcium Sulfonate Grease for Transportation Industry
Dr. Michael Duncan, STLE President

Bearing Failures and How to Avoid Them
Dean Thayer, NSK

Tribological Behavior of Heat Treated Steels with and without Shot Peening
Xue Han, Oakland University

11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Lunch and Networking

Venue (NEW):
The Engineering Society of Detroit
20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450
Southfield, MI 48076

Registration Fee
Students —-    $10                  STLE Members —-   $25
Retirees —-     $20                  Non- Members —–  $40

Registration Contact – Prof Beth Zou, qzou@oakland.edu, Phone: 248-370-2271

Registration Deadline – January 17, 2020

December Lunch Meeting

Please join us at

Meriwether’s, 25485 Telegraph Rd. • Southfield, MI 48033

for our December Lunch meeting and meet your section officers!

Registration – 11:00 am

Board Meeting and lunch 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Adjourn – 1:00 pm

Cost – Members pay for their own lunch. However, we are offering free lunch to first 10 members confirming their attendance with the expectation of serving in the Board in near future.

Reservation – Please confirm attendance by sending Email or Call – Beth Zou, Ph.D. qzou@oakland.edu 248-370-2271 by close of business on November 26, 2019

and… don’t forget our upcoming January 22nd brunch meeting and seminar!

7:30 – 8:00 am – Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 11:30 am – Presentations

State of STLE & Calcium Sulfonate Grease for Transportation Industry – Dr. Michael Duncan, STLE President
Bearing Failures and How to Avoid Them – Dean Thayer, NSK
Tribological Behavior of Heat Treated Steels with and without Shot Peening – Xue Han, Oakland University
11:30 – 12:00 pm – Lunch and Networking

Venue (NEW):
The Engineering Society of Detroit
20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450
Southfield, MI 48076

Fall Education Seminar Information

The STLE Detroit Section will hold an all-day Education Seminar on October 2 (Wednesday), 2019 at the Ford Research and Innovation Center See direction next page). The theme of the event is “Current Topics in Tribology” covering aspects of electrification, thermal spray and thin film coatings, which are relevant to automotive industry today.   This is an opportunity for those involved in the practice of lubrication system, product development etc. to become familiar with tribology basics that are addressed on a daily basis. People working tribology, lubrication system engineering, formulation including Chemists, Sales Personnel, Production Supervisors, Maintenance Personnel, Lubrication Engineers, Technical Service Reps, Process & Design Engineers, Component and System Design Engineers, should attend this program.


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Seminar Introduction – Alene Urda, CLS
Max Podschwadt, Schaeffler – New Challenges for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers from Vehicle Electrification
Ghassan Abed, Oakland University – Experimental Investigation and Numerical Simulation of Fretting Wear/Fatigue under Various Working Conditions

Coffee Break and Exhibits

Martin Kramer, General Motors – Thermal Spray Cylinder Bore Coatings My Observations over the Last 30 years
Bulent Chavdar, Eaton Corporation – Surface Film Formation in Boundary Lubrication

Lunch at RIC Cafeteria and Exhibits

Gary Doll, University of Akron – Coatings Tribology and Applications
One additional presentation – TBD

Event Date

October 2, 2019


Research and Innovation Center
2201 Village Road
Dearborn, MI 48121

Registration Details


Registration includes course contents,continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch.

  1. STLE Members: US $125.00
  2. Non-Members: US $225.00
  3. Non-Members w/membership US $275.00 (Regular STLE membership: US $150.00)
  4. Full Time Students: US $50.00


Samuel Wolfe
Wolfe Chemicals, Inc.
West Bloomfield. Ml 48322
Tel: (248) 661-0675
FAX: (248) 661-0673
e-mail – sam.wolfe@wolfechemicals.com

STLE at Southfield FRC!

Our Chairman, Bulent Chavdar, volunteered at the Southfield FRC event. He worked as spare parts and as field setup.

Welcome to Deep Space, Bulent! Field setup is a big task. This year’s field is a little less messy that last year’s, but it’s still a lot of work.

Bulent with Kathy Weber, Volunteer Coordinator, and a view of the pits.


Kirstyn Hein from Eaton joined Bulent.

Cass Tech STEM Day – Volunteer Opportunity!

Cass Tech is running their annual STEM Expo! Participating kids will get a close-up look at many interactive demonstrations and activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

The event will take place at Cass Tech High School on Wednesday, 27 March, 2019, from 0900 to 1420 (that’s 9am to 2:20pm).

Cass Tech is located at 2105 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

Please consider volunteering for the event! If you can volunteer, please contact katherine.teany@detroitk12.org.

January 2019 Brunch Meeting

STLE – Detroit – BRUNCH! Meeting
Low Friction Coatings/Tribo Test/Engine Oil Analysis
Three Speakers! – Weds 01/30/19
7:30AM-11:30AM in Livonia, MI

Topic and Speaker/Company
Development and characterization of a low friction thermally sprayed bore coating Hamed Ghaednia, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Ford Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering

IOM Database: A Single Source for Multi-faceted Engine Oil Analysis
John Bucci, VP, Tech. Dev.
Norm Kanar, Mgr, Mktng & Sales, Savant Group

Tribological tests in the Automotive Industry
Khorameh (Kora) Farokhzadeh, Ph.D., Bruker, Product/Applications Engineer

Green Glass Building- Livonia, 17199 N. Laurel Park Drive, Livonia, MI 48152 –
Lower Level Conference Center


7:30am – 8:00am – Registration
8:00am – 11:00 am – Presentations
11:00am – 11:30 am – Lab Tour
11:30 am – Lunch (Take it ToGo as well!)

Students – $10
Retirees – $20
STLE Members – $25
Non- Members – $40

Checks, Cash and Charge Cards accepted

Make Your Reservations by Monday- 01/21/19

Chairman’s Message for 2018-2019

Dear Members,

I am honored to serve as the Detroit Section President of STLE for the 2018/19 calendar year. As the new President, I will work my hardest to fill the big shoes left by my predecessors Bill Kearney, Donald Cohen, Edward Becker, Arup Gangopadhyay and Simon Tung. For the last two years, I have had the privilege to serve as the secretary of the Detroit Section and am looking forward to my new role.

I have been a member of STLE since 1990 and attended local section meetings in Dayton, Chicago, and Detroit. Over the years, my membership in this excellent organization has allowed myself and countless others to keep up with the latest developments in tribology and lubrication technologies and engage with industry leaders who share a passion for solving our daily challenges. My engagement in STLE has advanced my career and furthered my technical proficiency and I am looking forward to increasing my participation and responsibility within the organization.

In the new term, we plan to continue with the bi-annual brunch meeting format that we followed for the last two years. For those who are unfamiliar we offer three high quality presentations at these meetings from the local pool of subject matter experts with light breakfast and lunch. We found that offering three presentations over a half day was a draw for members and allowed those living farther to attend. Attendance has doubled from 20 to 40 people per event compared to the monthly evening meetings of the past. We are very proud of this increased engagement and hope that members continue taking advantage of these opportunities. Additionally, we will continue our annual education seminar with five or six presentations over one day in October. Please reach out to myself or any other board members if you are interested in presenting your tribology knowledge during one of these meetings.

In the new term, we will also revitalize our educational and charitable activities, offer more scholarship opportunities, and strengthen ties with our membership. Kathy Helmetag and Kumar Kumarasekaran are leading the charity and the scholarship committees respectively. At this time, we are gathering suggestions for charitable activities for our section to participate in. Please reach out to Kathy Helmetag or myself if you have suggestions for volunteer opportunities for our organization. In order to strengthen ties with our members and recruit new volunteers and officers to the local section, we plan to hold the December board meeting in-person followed by lunch at a local restaurant. We will invite members to attend, socialize with the board, and observe the board meeting with hopes that participation will foster engagement.

We are looking forward to another fantastic year. We look forward to seeing you at future events and hope that the activities and opportunities are to your satisfaction. This organization is focused on serving its members, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Bulent Chavdar