Past Events

January 22, 2020 Brunch Meeting

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,, Phone: 248-370-2271Call: 248-370-2271
Registration Deadline – January 17, 2020

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

December 3, 2018 lunch meeting

Location: Meriwether’s,
25485 Telegraph Rd. • Southfield, MI 48033
Presentation Title – STLE Current Status and Initiatives
Speaker – Ed Salek, Executive Director

Registration – 11:00 AM
Lunch – 11:30 AM
Presentation – 12 Noon
Board Meeting – 12:45 PM
Adjourn – 1:15 PM

Cost – Members pay for their own lunch, However, we are offering FREE LUNCH to FIRST 10 Members confirming their attendance to encourage participation.

Reservation – Please confirm attendance by sending Email or CAll
Beth Zou, Ph D.
by November 15th, 2018

Brunch Meeting II, 2018

May 2, 2018 (Wed)

NEW Location: Oakland University, Engineering Center
(115 Library Dr., Rochester, MI 48309), Room: 275 EC

Topics – Speaker/Company

Tribology simulation in powertrain applications – Fanghui Shi, Ph.D, GM
Plane bearing materials and applications – Robert Adams, Ph.D., Serapid
Opportunities and challenges with PAG based engine oils – Arup Gangopadhyay, Ph.D., Ford Motor Company

7:30am – 8:00am – Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 11:30 am – Presentations
11:30 am – 12:30 pm-Lunch

Students – $10
Retirees – $20
STLE Members – $25
Non- Members – $30

Education Seminar 2017

Reservations – Send Email or Call – Beth Zou, Ph.D. 248-370-2271 by CoB April 24, 2018.
Alene Urda, CLS/ Ford Motor Company/ Dearborn, MI

Ultra high cycle fatigue – Dr. Jason Carroll/ Eaton Corporation/ Southfield, MI
Charging ahead with new lubricants for hybrid and electric vehicles – Kevin Streck/ Lubrizol/ Wickliffe, OH
Trends in ATF’s and other driveline fluids – Mike Glasgow/ Afton Chemical/ Richmond, VA
Automotive applications of liquid nitriding treatments and DLC coatings – Dr. Rajiv Ahuja/ Springfield, OH
Lubricants Used in Hydraulic applications and Maintenance Practices – Thelma Marougy/ Thelma Consulting LLC
Bearing Basics – Scott Morehead/ NSK Corp.

October 4, 2017 at Ford Research & Innovation Center

January 25th, 2017 Brunch Meeting

7:30am – 8:00am – Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 11:30 am – Presentations
11:30 am – —- Lunch
Friction and Wear Testing – Steve Shaffer, Ph.D./Bruker
Growth and Removal of Tribofilms – Steven Thrush and Allen Comfort/U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
Friction and Wear Testing for Engine Cylinder Components – Dr. Qian (Beth) Zou/Oakland University

7:30 am – EARLY START – Beat the TRAFFIC!
Laurel Park Mall Area- LIVONIA – Across the street from the Phoenix movie theaters.
PowersCourt Building – Green Glass Building
17199 N. Laurel Park Dr – Livonia, MI 48152 Lower Level

7:30am – 8:00am – Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 11:30 am – Presentations
11:30 am – —- Lunch
Students – $10
Retirees – $20
STLE Members – $25
Non- Members – $30
Make Your Reservations
Send Email or Call – Beth Zou, Ph.D. 248-370-2271

Education Seminar 2016

The objective of this seminar is to educate those individuals who would need to become familiar with Tribology and Lubrication. Knowlege of this topic will be necessary for those individuals who will be working in the field of design and development of Lubrication Systems.

STLE Detroit Section – Full Day Education Seminar
Wednesday October 5th, 2016
7:30am – 2:40 pm

Ford Research and Innovation Center
2101 Village Road
Dearborn, Michigan 48121

Mechanical Friction Reduction Trends In Engines Arup Gangopadhyay, Ford Motor Company

Next Generation Gasoline and Diesel Engine oil Specifications – An Update Ron Romano, Ford Motor Company

Silicone and Dry Film Lubricants Yifeng Liao, Dow Corning

How to Analyze Used Engine/Trans/Driveline Oils Weston Griffis, Trico

Synthetic Fluids (Overview & Applications) Robert Gresham, STLE International

Wet Clutch System Friction Material and Oil Interactions Bulent Chavdar, Eaton Corporation

Course Fee: Includes all course materials, continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch

Member: $125.00
Non-member w/membership:$250
Full time student:$50.00

 For Information contact:
Arup Gangopadhyay
Alene B. Urda, C.L.S. 

 For Registration


Map to Ford Research & Innovation center

Who Should Attend

Manufactures, OEMs, as well as oil companies continued to merge and consolidate. With these moves, many people are taking on new and more challenging responsibilities. This is an opportunity for those involved in Lubrication, Design Engineering, etc. to become familiar with the baiscs that are addressed on a daily basis. All persons who work with Lubrication Systmes should attend this program: Chemists, Sales Personnel, Production Supervisors, Maintenance Personnel, Lubrication Engineers, Technical Service Reps, Process & Design Engineers, Component and System Design Engineers, etc.