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The Burt L. Newkirk Award is given to an individual who has not passed his/her fortieth birthday on July 1 of the year in which the award is conferred and who is an ASME member at the time of nomination. It is given to one who has made a notable contribution to the field of tribology in research or development as evidenced by important tribology publications.
Tribology for this award is defined as pertaining to the science and technology associated with surfaces in contact and relative motion with each other. It covers all the fundamentals associated with the field of friction, lubrication and wear. It embraces all the technological aspects of bearings, brakes, clutches, gears, etc.
The award was named after Burt L. Newkirk who made notable achievements in the theory and application of tribology during his industrial career and was an outstanding teacher following his retirement from industry.
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