Dr. ALI ERDEMIR is a Distinguished Fellow and a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his B.S. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1977 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1986, respectively. In recognition of his research accomplishments, Dr. Erdemir has received numerous coveted awards (including the University of Chicago’s Medal of Distinguished Performance, six R&D 100 Awards, two Al Sonntag Awards and an Edmond E. Bisson Award from STLE and the Mayo D. Hersey Award from ASME) and such honors as being elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the presidency of the International Tribology Council and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. He is also a Fellow of AAAS, ASME, STLE, AVS, and ASM-International. He has authored/co-authored more than 300 research articles (230 of which are peer-reviewed) and 18 book/handbook chapters, edited three books, presented more than 180 invited/keynote/plenary talks, and holds 24 U.S. patents. His current research is directed toward the development of novel tribological technologies for a broad range of applications in manufacturing, transportation, and other energy conversion and utilization systems.
James C. Fitch is founder and CEO of Tulsa-based Noria Corporation, a consulting and training organization that specializes in machinery lubrication, oil analysis, tribology, and machine reliability. The firm has served thousands of clients since 1997. Noria is publisher of Machinery Lubrication magazine. Mr. Fitch has over 200 publications (books, journal papers, and technical articles)and numerous patents. He specializes in machinery failure investigations. He is also director of the International Council for Machinery Lubrication.
1993 – 1994 University of Konstanz, Diploma Chemist, Focus Quantum Chemistry
1994 – 1999 University of Ulm, Diploma Chemist, Focus polymer chemistry, materials and catalysis
2000 – 2003 PhD University of Ulm, Group Prof. Dr. Rieger, basic research on homogenous catalysis of copolymerization of poly-alpha-olefins with polar monomers
2005 – 2008 Leibniz-Institute für Neue Materialien, Saarbrücken, Subgroup Nanomere, Focus Tribology
2008 - 2015 Chemetall GmbH, Technical Center III, Head of Cold Forming Lab
2015 - Chemetall GmbH, Technical Center I, Innovation, Exploration Group
Itziar Landa Torres is a Telecommunications technical engineer, sp. Telematics (University of Deusto, 2007), Telecommunications Engineer (University of Deusto, 2009), Degree in Telecommunications Engineering (University of the Basque Country, 2010) and PhD in Information and Communication Technologies (University of Alcalá, 2013). Between 2009 and 2018, she developed her professional career as a researcher at TECNALIA. In recent years, she has specialized in the design of machine learning tools applied to time series in industrial environments for process optimization, as well as pattern detection or anomalies applied to predictive maintenance and the CBM (Condition based Monitoring). She is currently a data analyst at Petronor Innovación S.L., where she participates in the development of the company's R & D projects.
Industrial Engineer (Mechanics) from the Universidad Simón Bolivar in Venezuela, MBA from the Instituto de Empresa Madrid, certification in project management and certification in Vibration Analysis Level I and CMRP (Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional). More than 15 years of experience in operations and maintenance management projects in different fields (paper, steel, petrochemical, food), failure analysis and root cause. Proven experience in the integration of condition monitoring systems in industrial processes and evaluation of data and correlation with machine behaviour. He is currently the CEO of atten2.
Branch Manager BV OCM Germany
Before joining the OCM business of Bureau Veritas in August 2018, Barbara worked for 6 years for a large independent European oil & fuel lab. Her passion for the OCM business started and increased while working in the lubricant industry for many years starting with additive suppliers and lubricant manufacturer where she was mainly responsible for application-technology consulting of foreign clients. She has a broad experience in all kind of problems and applications in the field of lubricants, especially in the area of renewable energy like wind power or gas engines. She is member of the German Society of Tribology (GFT), the German Biogas Association, the German Society of Chemistry (GDCh), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and joined the DIN working group of Used Oil Analysis where she represents our lab.
Barbara studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany, where she graduated with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Barbara started her career in industrial research in France where she stayed for 10 years before returning to Germany. She kept different positions as Senior Research Scientist, Director of Chemistry, Key-Account and Branch Manager. Her outstanding chemical background is highly appreciated by our clients and allows a different view on many questions.
Barbara speaks fluently German, English, French and Italian and started learning Spanish now.
Dr.-Ing. César Pastor. Born 1983. Nationality: German and Spanish
Studies and career:
2008: Mechanical engineering degree from the University of Valladolid (Spain), Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and Berlin (Germany).
2012: PhD by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hubert Schwarze in the Institute of Tribology and Energy Conversion Machines of the Technical University Clausthal (Germany) in cooperation with the production and materials engineering department of Daimler AG in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim (Germany).
“Wear behaviour of real supercritical external particles in highly loaded bearings of combustion engines” ISBN 978-3-8440-1004-6
2010: Manufacturing and material development. MBtech Group. Sindelfingen (Germany)
2011: Development of common rail injectors, Robert Bosch GmbH. Feuerbach, Stuttgart (Germany)
2015: Tribology research. Robert Bosch GmbH. Corporate Research Campus in Renningen (Germany)
- Particle contamination and robustness of journal bearings.
- Failure mechanisms of coatings. Durability of valves.
- Cryotribology, performance of plastics in low temperature applications.
- Tribology of plastics. Simulation methods (TEHL) for high-elasticity components.
Gerardo Trujillo C. Is currently the director of Noria Latin America, based in Leon Mexico. Gerardo has more than 30 years of experience developing lubrication programs and lubricant analysis in Latin America.
Gerardo has published three books and more than 100 articles about lubrication and oil analysis. He has a US patent for the methodology for assessing and implementing lubrication excellence, and has registered several practical methods for lubricant and oil sample identification systems.
Gerardo is CMRP, MLA III, MLT II certified, and represented Mexico in the ISO TC-251 for the creation and translation of the ISO 55000 for Asset Management. He is actually the president of the Pan-American Committee of Maintenance Engineering and the president of the Mexican Asset Management Association.