Center for Tire Research
An NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)
Working within the NSF I/UCRC program CenTiRe performs industrially-relevant, pre-competitive research via multi-member, sustained partnerships among industry, academe, and government. As the only tire research center within this NSF program CenTiRe is uniquely positioned to provide its members a cost-effective means to access technical advancement and trained students in the areas of tire and tire related materials, modeling, testing, and manufacturing.
  • CenTiRe is a consortium of tire and tire-related industry members with two world-class universities. CenTiRe conducts leading-edge, pre-competitive research in materials, modeling, testing, and manufacturing at the two universities that
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  • The research conducted by CenTiRe is driven by the consortium of our industry members, who jointly request, select, fund, mentor, and share in the results of the research. In carrying
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  • We welcome our newest member Michelin !!!                                                 
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  • CenTiRe at Tire Technology Expo February 20-22, 2018 :  The Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe) will again have a booth at the Tire Technology Expo being held in at the Deutsche
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  • CenTiRe works with leading faculty and students at our two university sites in carrying out research projects. The Center provides guidance to enhance the interactions with the industry members and
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  • CenTiRe accepts donations of various materials, tire and vehicle test equipment, measurement units, sensors, electronics and any other equipment that can contribute to our mission. CenTiRe is currently in need
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Join CenTiRe

CenTiRe continues to seek and welcome new industry and government agency members to join with our existing members in its mission to conduct leading-edge, pre-competitive research. Membership is a cost-effective…

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Contact Us

CenTiRe Office:                       Virginia Tech Director:                    University of Akron Director:

   Ron Kennedy                           Dr. Saied Taheri                                 Dr. Celal Batur

   Ashlin Jackson


If you are interested in visiting CenTiRe at Virginia Tech, please contact Ron Kennedy or Dr. Saied Taheri.

If you are interested in visting CenTiRe at the University of Akron, please contact Dr. Celal Batur.