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Dr. Benjamin T. F. Chung
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-3903 USA
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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 over 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, Life 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, Lifetime Achievement Award from Tire Technology International, 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, an Editorial Board Member of The Open Thermodynamics Journal, The International Journal of Applied Engineering Research and The Open Conference Proceedings Journal.

Dr. Joe Padovan

Joe has developed his career as a balance of industrial, consultative, research and educational/teaching experiences. He earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. His direct industrial activities were with Curtiss Wright Corp - Aircraft Engine Division, United Technologies - Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines Division, and most recently at Goodyear Tire as a Corporate RD&E Fellow. At GDYR he headed the Tire Physics/Mechanics group, one of whose special emphasis areas included tire dynamic performance, product fatigue life assessment, thermomechanochemistry of elastomeric composites materials, wear and traction, sensor development, new experimental methods, noise, hydroplaning and advanced FEA modeling. Consulting activities have been for a variety of industries and government agencies, i.e. Automotive, Aerospace, Biomedical (joints, heart pumps, wiring leads, and Orthotic devices), Chemical-Material, Steel / Bearings, Tire and Rubber/Plastics, as well as NASA (Glenn, Langley), The Air Force, The Army and Navy. From these sources, a multitude of Federal (NSF, NASA, and Military), State (ODOT, EPIC) and industrially funded research projects have been undertaken. His teaching activities were at Akron University where he is a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Polymer Engineering. Additionally, Joe gives numerous short courses (Tire Mechanics, FEA, Wear and Fatigue, Elastomeric Materials) on site, at conferences or through University Extension services, i.e. UA and The University of Wisconsin. Overall his work has led to 220+ refereed journal publications, 210+ conference presentations, several patents and 50+ Ph.D. and 50+ MS Advisees. Recently he received a 2014 Tire Technology International Lifetime Achievement award.

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. before founding his own consulting company M’gineering, LLC. Dr. Pottinger has published more than 60 papers, acquired five patents, and given numerous invited 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 seven Best Paper and Outstanding Presentation awards. In 2012 he received the Herzlich Medal for Distinguished Technical Achievement, and a Tire Society Distinguished Service Award. 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 Exhibition and Conference. In 2014 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Tire Technology International. Dr. Pottinger was president of Tire Society, and is also a member of ASME, SEM, The Tire Society, and Sigma Xi.

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 Group Leader of the Dynamics Research Laboratory. In 1978, he became the Manager of Tire/Wheel Testing Systems at MTS Systems Corporation where he led the initial development of the Flat-Trace â tire test machine. Two years later, he was employed by the General Motor Institute as an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering teaching Vehicle Dynamics and Mechanical Vibrations. In the meantime, he established his own company, G.R. Potts Associates, Inc. From 1984 to 1991, then becoming President of TMSI specializing in tire high speed uniformity test systems, tire rolling resistance testers, On LEVEL tire test systems and vehicle crash testing. In 2013 he sold TMSI to MESNAC Americas, LLC, and remains as President of TMSI LLC. Dr. Potts has traveled and lectured to engineering groups, world-wide, having delivered a Plenary Lecture at the 2006 Indian Rubber Institute Conference in Cochin, India. He holds ten patents, has been an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Akron since 1974, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Tire Technology International at the 2014 Conference and Exhibition in Cologne, Germany.

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. While at Goodyear, he initiated, developed and led Technical Leadership Courses for the technical staff. Dr. Trinko holds two patents relating to tire technology and has authored a section of "The Pnuematic Tire" published by NHSTA. 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 Conference, Treasurer for The Tire society, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Tire Science and Technology. Dr. Trinko was recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 International Tire Technology Conference.

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’s Technical Center Europe in Rome, Italy, and served on the Board of Directors of Bridgestone Europe. He has served as a Mechanical Engineering evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, (ABET), and has also served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences addressing fuel efficient cars (1992) and energy efficient tires (2005). 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.