In 1983, Dr. Assaad earned his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics as major and Applied Mathematics as minor from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. In 1979, he received a M.S. degree in Structural engineering from the same university. In 1990, he received a M.S. degree in Polymer Science from the University of Akron, Ohio. In 1983 he joined The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. His current research interests include development of Multi-physics simulation of tire performance including structural, thermal and oxidative response. He is a lecturer at the Goodyear Institute of Technology. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Akron and was also a lecturer at The University of Toledo. He Co-authored the composite segment of The Pneumatic Tire e-book, taught short courses on Plastics and Elastomers in Engineering Design in Italy, Luxembourg, and Germany. He was an invited speaker to the Gordon conference on Fibers science and to the 2009 “The Annual Workshops Materials’ days at the University of Rostock”, Germany. Dr. Assaad was a recipient of the special Achievement Award from NASA for his meritorious accomplishments, dedicated work, and special efforts. He was the Winner of the “2008 create the future design contest” in the machinery/equipment category, and served as a technical chairman for the 26th Anniversary of The Tire Society Conference. Dr. Assaad holds over 60 U.S., European patents and trade secrets.
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 Chair of 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 or short course 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, Contribution and Board Space Act Award from NASA Glenn Research Center, and more recently, Lifetime Achievement Award from Tire Technology International. 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. Ron Kennedy is currently the Managing Director of the Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe), an industry/university consortium involving Virginia Tech, the University of Akron, and tire and tire-related companies. Before joining CenTiRe, he worked for 37 years in the tire industry at Firestone, Bridgestone/Firestone, and Hankook Tire performing tire finite element methods development and software programming, simulation systems development, advanced tire design, and tire factory uniformity studies. His work has covered the range of tire performance areas, manufacturing, and design. Dr. Kennedy is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Tire Science and Technology. He has numerous technical publications and presentations, and has been awarded the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award from SAE, the Tire Society Superior Paper Award and an Honorable Mention Award, the CEO Award and President’s Award from Bridgestone/Firestone. Dr. Kennedy was the Plenary Speaker at the 2017 Tire Society Conference and gave the Keynote Address at the 2018 ACS Rubber Division Spring Technical Meeting. Dr. Kennedy received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron.
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 Goodyear, 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. 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 Motors 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 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 is presently a member of the faculty of The University of Akron 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.