Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

Letter from the Chairman – Chicago Section STLE

Welcome to the Chicago section of the STLE.  We are an original co-founding section of the STLE and are currently the largest active section. Unaffiliated members from the former Blackhawk section in the Quad cities and former Milwaukee section are welcome at any of our events.

The Chicago section strives to increase practical and fundamental lubrication knowledge through monthly technical meetings, an educational seminar, scholarship awards, and participation in science fairs. For this season, we are significantly increasing our scholarship’s award monetary value and also participating in a STEM camp.  Also new this season, is a Lunch and Learn seminar covering fundamental lubricant basics for anyone interested in attending a short afternoon event.

Other events planned are a commercial forum, a golf outing in June, and a spring social event at the Art Institute of Chicago. Last year; we enjoyed seeing a Chicago Cubs game at a Wrigley roof top. Membership recently hosted a well attended student outreach event at UIC. Dr. McNallan, professor of materials science, spoke about “Carbide Derived Carbon Coatings on Hard Ceramics for Tribological Applications”.  

To help members improve their organizational and management skills, the Chicago section encourages participation in our governing executive committee. This year’s officers and committee chairs are:

  • Dave Morrison (Castrol) – Vice Chair
  • Mike Bruner (Tower MWF) – Treasurer
  • Liz Bennett (Ivanhoe) – Secretary
  • Robert Erck (Argonne) – Immediate Past Chair and Nominations
  • Nicole Webb (ANGUS) – Education
  • Jeff Mackey (Yurshiro) – Careers
  • Ken Pelczarski (Pelichem) – Directory
  • Jack McKenna (Sea-Land) – Program
  • Soraya Kraszczyk (ANGUS) – Membership
  • Austin Gille (Rock Valley Oil) – Media
  • Monica Ford (Ingevity) – Commercial Forum
  • Lewis Rea (Kiemle-Hankins) – Social Event
  • Mark Leverone (TH Hilson) – Golf

I would also like to thank our numerous co-chairs and event volunteers for their unselfish willingness to serve.  Finally our past chairman, Robert Erck has been a great help for his wisdom and leadership both this and last season.  I think we will a have great 2017 – 2018 season.

Richard Butler

Chairman STLE Chicago 2017-2018