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Rocker-turned-tribologist headlines 2008 STLE awards luncheon

Miami, FL -- Dr. John A. Tichy, former guitarist, singer and songwriter for the '70s rock band Commander Cody and h...


August 19, 2008
By MRO Magazine

Miami, FL — Dr. John A. Tichy, former guitarist, singer and songwriter for the ’70s rock band Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airman, is confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 2008 STLE-ASME International Joint Tribology Conference, Oct. 20-22, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Miami hotel in Miami, FL.

Tichy’s address is titled, “Can Tribology and Rock ‘N Roll Peacefully Coexist?” Now a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, Tichy also is listed in Who’s Who in Rock & Roll and the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll.

After the group disbanded in the early ’70s, Tichy, an STLE member, obtained a doctorate from the University of Michigan. He also is an ASME fellow and past chairman of that society’s Tribology Division.

Among Tichy’s honors are the ASME Board of Governors Award, the ASME Best paper in Tribology (1984 and 2000), the Tribology Division Innovative Research Award, the department’s Assini Teaching and Counseling Award, and the Rensselaer Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award. His areas of specialization include tribology, rheology and non-Newtonian fluid flow.


The IJTC, a unique conference targeting tribology thought-leaders, unites hundreds of authors, researchers and academicians from more than 20 countries. The conference’s 17-track technical program includes:

Contact Mechanics
Engineered Surfaces
Magnetic Storage Tribology (Special Symposium)
Hydrodynamic Lubrication & Fluid Film Bearings
Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication
Engine Tribology
Machine Components Tribology
Lubricants and Additives
Manufacturing/Metalworking Tribology
Emerging Technologies
Rolling Element Bearings
Magnetic Storage Tribology (Special Symposium)
Surface Engineering
Wind Turbine Powertrain Tribology (Special Symposium)

The hotel is just minutes from the Port of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne. From the hotel you can walk to Bayside Marketplace, a complex featuring 150 shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment. Brickell Village is located only four blocks from the hotel and offers restaurants, bars and retail stores.

If you plan on attending the conference, you can save $100 by registering by the Sept. 30 Early Bird deadline. The reg fee increases $100 after that date for both members and non-members of the two organizations.

The fastest way to view the technical program, register for the conference and make reservations at the Hyatt Regency Miami is by logging on to and clicking on the IJTC logo.