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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Dr. Ali Erdemir Marching toward our diamond jubilee While many engineering societies have come and gone, STLE is preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, STLE’S DIAMOND AN-NIVERSARY —75 years—is knocking on our door and will be celebrated in 2019. This is a remarkable milestone for STLE—and for any organization for that matter. As we approach the 75-year mark, now is a great occasion to commemorate our many achievements in ad-vancing the arts and science of tribology and the practice of lubrication engineering. Let’s be frank. In science and engineering ﬁelds, professional societies come and go. Only the most relevant and successful survive over a signiﬁcant period. In the case of STLE, thanks to great leadership and the hard work of countless volunteers, the society has not only survived but in fact thrived during its amazing history. When it was ﬁrst incorporated in the state of Illinois on Friday, Mar. 3, 1944, the society was called ASLE—the American Society of Lu-brication Engineers. The name change to the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engi-neers occurred in 1987 (after lengthy discus-sions and heated debates) to better represent and serve an expanding membership base that encompassed not only lubrication engi-neers and suppliers but also the broader world tribology community. Since its founda-tion, STLE has contributed immensely to the expansion of the tribology ﬁeld and the needs of lubrication specialists worldwide, thus making a positive impact on all humanity. It must have been a very difﬁcult and ex-hilarating time when the society was ﬁrst es-tablished by Walter D. Hodson and other pio-neers of our ﬁeld back in 1944. For one thing, World War II was still raging in full force (the D-day invasion was just three months away). National spirit was high, but the casualties of war were mounting every day. FDR would soon be re-elected president for a fourth term, and the Nobel Peace Prize was presented to the International Red Cross for its heroic effort in cants and lubrication. Considering the ongo-ing war effort and the expanding need for better lubricants and bearing systems in air-crafts, tanks and other military hardware, the timeliness for creating a lubrication society must have been perfect in 1944. Accordingly, farsighted leaders in the lubrication ﬁeld at that time had the cour-age and motivation to form a dedicated engineering society. In ensuing years, the ﬁeld of lubrication ﬂourished immensely through the organization of regular meet-ings and the publication of such archival publications as Lubrication Engineering, the society’s ofﬁcial technical magazine that launched in 1945 and was the forerunner to TLT. To better serve the needs of our re-search community, in 1958 ASLE introduced a peer-reviewed journal, ASLE Transactions, which eventually was renamed Tribology Transactions. Both publications still serve STLE members today. Over the years, STLE commissioned the publication of many other books, handbooks, white papers and proceedings to disseminate the art and science of lubrication. Over its his-tory, our society has done a remarkable job in expanding and promoting the tribology and lubrication engineering ﬁelds. There is no doubt that the relentless pursuits of excel-lence and continuous improvement will con-tinue in coming years as we prepare for our diamond jubilee. As we get excited over our 75th Diamond Anniversary, STLE thanks its founding fathers and all those who contributed to its success. STLE—and to a large extent, our pro-fession—were born in the waning days of World War II when the need for lubricant products was at its highest. helping those most afﬂicted by the war. The same year Casablanca (one of my favorite mov-ies to this day) won the Oscar for Best Picture for very elegantly conveying all the despera-tion, suffering and human toll this horriﬁc war was inﬂicting on ordinary people. Prior to the inception of ASLE, rapid ex-pansion was occurring in such industries as machine tooling, cars and trucks, railroads, textiles, agricultural hardware and steam-ships, and all of them needed effective lubri-cants for smooth and long-lasting operations. Hence, while there already was a growing body of lubrication activities taking place, especially in and around Chicago, there was no umbrella organization coordinating or rep-resenting all these activities. In fact, the U.S. Midwest was at the crossroads of all kinds of industrial activities that depended on lubri-© Can Stock Photo / rodfrancis Ali Erdemir is a Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 The skeletal system performs vital functions—support, movement, protection, blood cell production, calcium storage and endocrine regulation.
Dr. Ali Erdemir
Marching toward our diamond jubilee