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Dr. Benjamin T. F. Chung
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-3903 USA
    Tel: 330-972-7739
    Fax: 330-972-2011


Phone: 740.524.4123; Fax: 614.448.4098

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Biographical Notes

Dr. B.T.F. Chung

Dr. Benjamin T.F. Chung earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Kansas State Univ. He joined The Univ. of Akron as an Assistant Professor in 1969, served as Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1984 to 1999 and was awarded the endowed Chair of the F. Theodore Harrington Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1993. He has chaired the Tire Mechanics symposium for the past 20 years. Dr. Chung is a five-time recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Board of Trustees, a recipient of the Louis Hill Award from the College of Engineering, and the Outstanding Research Awards from both the College of Engineering and the University Alumni Association. His honors outside the campus include the Norbert Wiener Award from MCB University Press in London, elected Fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Outstanding Alumni Award from the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Heat Transfer, NASA Contribution and Board Space Act Award, etc. Being an author and co-author of two book chapters, and 190 technical papers, Dr. Chung has directed 32 M.S. theses, 18 Ph.D. dissertations, and three post-doctoral fellows. He served as Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and Editorial Advisory Board member for John Wiley & Sons Inc. Currently; he is F. Theodore Harrington Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the College of Engineering, an Editorial Board Member of The Open Thermodynamics Journal and The International Journal of Applied Engineering Research.

Dr. Joe Padovan

Dr. Joe Padovan, an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron and a former Goodyear R&D Fellow, has broad-based experience in modeling tire physics problems. Over a career spanning several decades, his experience includes multiple grants, contracts, and consultancies from government and industry including aerospace, automotive, tire polymer/metals industries, NASA Glenn-Lewis, NASA Langley, the Navy, NSF, and the Air force among many. His main areas of emphasis in tires has been in developing advanced simulation methods (FEA), along with the assessment of material properties—mechanical response, fatigue, local morphology, and wear. This work has resulted in some 200+ journal papers, 150+ conference papers, numerous government and corporate reports, as well as several pending patents. In his role as an educator, he has advised 50+ Ph.D. and 40+ M.S. students. Many of these former students now serve in a variety of tire corporations and related supporting industries.

Dr. Marion G. Pottinger

Dr. Marion G. Pottinger, a Professional Engineer, earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree at Purdue University and his B.S.M.E. at the University of Cincinnati. He has worked on numerous diverse projects in both technical and managerial positions. After leaving Purdue, Dr. Pottinger served in the USAF where he did some of the original research on wave propagation in high-performance composites. Since leaving the Air Force in 1969, he has worked in tire and tire/vehicle mechanics for B.F. Goodrich, Uniroyal Goodrich, and most recently as Technical Director of Smithers Scientific Services, Inc. Dr. Pottinger has published more than 40 papers, acquired five patents, and given numerous lectures, including the plenary lecture for the Tire Society Conference in 1997. Though Dr. Pottinger has worked in almost every area of tire mechanics, he is best known for his work with respect to tire force and moment properties and the mechanics of the tire footprint with application to wear. In the footprint area, he has received two of his Best Paper awards. Dr. Pottinger has been particularly active in SAE and ASTM where he has contributed to the production of numerous technical standards. He was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award in the 2012 International Tire Exhibits and Conference. Dr. Pottinger was president of Tire Society, and is also a member of ASME and SEM. Currently, he serves as President of M’gineering LLC.

Dr. Gerald Potts

Dr. Gerald Potts obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University. Upon graduation in 1970, he joined the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. as a Research Scientist and then as a Senior Scientist. In 1978, he became the manager of the Tire/Wheel Testing System at MTS Systems Corporation. Two years later, he was employed by the General Motor Institute as an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. In the meantime, he started to establish his own company, G.R. Potts Associates, Inc. From 1991 to present, Dr. Potts has served as President of TMSI specializing in tire speed uniformity systems and vehicle crash testing. He also serves as the Research Director of MESNAC.

Dr. Michael Trinko

Dr. Michael Trinko holds his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin. He has devoted three decades (1972-2003) of his career to tire analysis and tire development for the Technical Center of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. where he served as a Research and Development Associate. Dr Trinko holds two patents relating to tire technology. He has presented numerous papers, all related to tire mechanics, in government sectors, at universities and professional societies. He served as the Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Committee of the NASA Tire Modeling Program, Session Chair for SAE meetings and Program Chair for the Tire Society Conferences, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Tire Science and Technology.

Dr. Joseph D. Walter

Dr. Joseph D. Walter is presently a member of the faculty of The University of Akron’s College of Engineering as an Adjunct Professor where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in both the Mechanical and Civil Engineering departments. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Walter was the Managing Director of Bridgestone-Firestone’s Technical Center Europe, located in Rome, Italy, and served on the Board of Directors of Bridgestone-Firestone Europe located in Brussels, Belgium. He has served as a Mechanical Engineering evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, (ABET), and has also served on the original Committee of the National Academy of Sciences that addressed the future fuel economy (CAFE) goals for the nation, which is detailed in the book: Automotive Fuel Economy-How Far Should We Go? Dr. Walter received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech. and an M.B.A. from The University of Akron. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society.