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Dan Snyder
Engineering Consultant
Bearings and Lubes Consulting LLC

Dan Snyder has over 50 years of experience in the bearing field.   He has extensive experience with the design, application, life and performance analysis, lubrication, testing and failure analysis of rolling element bearings.

Mr. Snyder was a registered professional engineer and the author of various technical publications and industry trade publication articles.  He has worked on various ISO Working Groups for rolling bearings and currently is a member of the ABMA’s  Technical Adversary Groups for ISO (TAG) and ANSI (B3).. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and  the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers.

Mr. Snyder has worked for the Timken Company and SKF USA Inc. and has had his own consulting business, Bearing and Lubes Consulting, LLC, since retiring from SKF as Director of Application Engineering.  He has been an instructor and consultant for ABMA courses for several years

He currently resides in Eloy, AZ where he is also on City Council and a Director of the Chamber of Commerce.



Dr. Tim Ovaert
Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

University of Notre Dame

Dr. Tim Ovaert is currently a professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to teaching mechanical engineering design, reliability engineering, and tribology, he conducts research on materials characterization, materials for tribological applications, and manufacturing. 

His current research interests are in biomechanics, the tribology of advanced materials, mechanical design, and manufacturing. Tim Ovaert received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana and his Master of Engineering Management and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. His industry experience includes serving as Plant Engineer at the DuraBar Division of Wells Manufacturing Company. Previously, he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State.

He has served as a technical consultant to more than twenty-five medium to Fortune 100 companies. He was named a National Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation, and is the recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Burt L. Newkirk Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Ovaert has served as an associate editor for the ASME Trans., Journal of Tribology, and as the Chair of the ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference. He is the author and/or co-author of over 120 technical publications, and is a Fellow of the ASME.

Dr. Ovaert has been a long standing instructor with ABMA’s Continuing Education Program and currently teaches portions of all three courses.

 


Chuck Coe
President
Grease Technology Solutions, LLC

Mr. Coe holds a BS Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, along with NLGI CLGS and STLE CLS professional certifications. He worked for Mobil and ExxonMobil for 32 years, including 6 years as ExxonMobil’s Grease Technology Manager and many years as an industrial oil and grease formulator and technical advisor.  He retired from ExxonMobil and launched Grease Technology Solutions LLC, a grease training and consulting business in 2009. 

He is a past president of NLGI and is the Grease Education Course Chair of STLE.  He has authored a number of technical papers and articles on grease, and received Best Marketing Paper and Best Paper awards from both NLGI (2008) and ELGI (2009), the
 John A. Bellanti Memorial Meritorious Service Award (2012), the Award for Educational Excellence (2019), and the Author Award for Application (2020) from NLGI. Chuck is currently the technical expert consultant to the NLGI High-Performance Multiuse grease specification project. E-mail: chuckcoe@grease-tech.com



 

Lavern (Vern) D. Wedeven
President
Wedeven Associates, Inc.

 

Vern Wedeven is president of Wedeven Associates, Inc., Edgmont, PA a specialty, high tech, entrepreneurial company devoted to tribology research and development.  He and his associates have developed specialized tribology test machines, test methodologies and analysis tools that link fundamental principles of tribology to service applications.  Wedeven Associates Machine (WAM) technology provides tribology research capability for major bearing companies, military laboratories and research institutes.  He is involved in major research projects and consulting that serve aerospace and other industries.

Vern Wedeven is a graduate of Calvin College (BS), University of Michigan (BSME) and Imperial College, London, Ph.D.  Previous employment includes NASA Glenn Res Ctr., NASA Hdqts and SKF-America.  He is the author of over seventy technical papers in the area of tribology and several chapters in reference books.  He holds three patents and is the recipient of several awards from STLE, ASME and SAE.

 


Harvey P. Nixon 

Consultant & Owner
Engineered Durable Surfaces, LLC

Harvey Nixon has over 48 year of experience in the bearing field. He has extensive experience with the design, application, life and performance analysis, lubrication, testing, and failure analysis of rolling element bearings, mostly relating to Tapered Roller Bearings. He is the author of various technical publications and industry trade publication articles. He has served as member of the ABMA’s Technical Advisory Groups for ISO (TAG) and ANSI (B3).  He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Tribology Division), Society of Automotive Engineers and the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers. His major employment was with the Timken Company for over 38 years in various Technical and Managerial positions. He was employed by Meritor as a Bearing Technologist for over 10 years after retirement from Timken in 2008.  He also currently provides consulting service through his business, Engineered Durable Surfaces, LLC since 2008.

Vern Wedeven is president of Wedeven Associates, Inc., Edgmont, PA a specialty, high tech, entrepreneurial company devoted to tribology research and development.  He and his associates have developed specialized tribology test machines, test methodologies and analysis tools that link fundamental principles of tribology to service applications. Wedeven Associates Machine (WAM) technology provides tribology research capability for major bearing companies, military laboratories and research institutes.  He is involved in major research projects and consulting that serve aerospace and other industries.

Vern Wedeven is a graduate of Calvin College (BS), University of Michigan (BSME) and Imperial College, London, Ph.D.Previous employment includes NASA Glenn Res Ctr., NASA Hdqts and SKF-America.  He is the author of over seventy technical papers in the area of tribology and several chapters in reference books.  He holds three patents and is the recipient of several awards from STLE, ASME and SAE.


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