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Dan Snyder
Engineering Consultant
Bearings and Lubes Consulting LLC

Dan Snyder has nearly 50 years 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 is 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.  

Dr. Tim Ovaert
Professor of 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 80 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
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 NLGI President and is the Grease Education Course Chair of STLE.  He has authored several technical papers and articles on grease, and received Best Marketing Paper and Best Paper awards from both NLGI (2008) and ELGI (2009), and
the John A. Bellanti Memorial Meritorious Service Award (2012) from NLGI. E-mail:



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