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


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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, tire physics (including modeling), testing, manufacturing, and sustainability.


About CenTiRe

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, tire physics (including modeling), testing, manufacturing, and sustainability at

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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 members CEAT and Syncrude-Canada !!!

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Information For Faculty/Students

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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Donate to CenTiRe

CenTiRe accepts donations in the form of cash and various materials, tire and vehicle test equipment, measurement units, sensors, electronics and any other equipment that can contribute to our mission.

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Upcominig Events

The Spring Industry Advisory Board (IAB) conference will be held live and hosted by Virginia Tech on April 11 & 12, 2023. The Center's IAB members will review current projects, review and decide on new project funding, and provide oversight on the operations of the center.

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

   Greg Bunting                           Dr. Saied Taheri                                 Dr. Jae-Won Choi

   Miriam Snyder


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

If you are interested in visting CenTiRe at the University of Akron, please contact Dr. Jae-Won Choi.