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

The faculty members at the two university sites provide their expertise to propose and guide the research work carried out at the Center. Each year the faculty submit research proposals to the Center’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB) in response to the IAB’s request for proposals. They are also free to submit research proposals on topics not requested by the IAB, but which could be of interest to the members.

During the conduction of the research project, the faculty provide their technical expertise and guidance to the graduate student(s) performing the research. They also interact with the industry mentors and IAB members, which can result in additional future research opportunities.

ricardo burdisso
Dr. Ricardo Burdisso
Professor
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Projects: 1. Tire-pavement noise modeling and correlation with experiments 2. A wave propagation approach for prediction of tire-pavement interaction noise (TPIN)
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540-231-0461
 Liu Greg Dr. Greg Liu
Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech: Department of Chemistry 
Projects: Rubber lifetime performance: Coupling effects of dynamic aging and wear 
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540-235-2744
Robert Moore Dr. Robert Moore
Professor
Virginia Tech: Department of Chemistry 
Projects: Supramolecular reinforcement of rubber
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540-231-6015
Shakiba Maryam Dr. Maryam Shakiba
Professor
Virginia Tech: Department of Chemistry 
Projects: Supramolecular reinforcement of rubber
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saied taheri.2
Dr. Saied Taheri
Professor and Director
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Projects: 1. Multiscale modeling of tire wear
2. Comprehensive multi-scale modeling of tire abrasion
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540-231-0032
pablo tarazaga
Dr. Pablo Tarazaga
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Project: Static and operational characterization of tires modal vibration with novel non-contact techniques
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540-231-2906
 Untaroiu Alexandrina
Dr. Alexandrina Untaroiu
Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Project: Assessment of tire attributes and mapping resulting correlations on the dynamic aero drag and lift coefficient on vehicles using CFD and design of experiments
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540-231-3593
Pugh Coleen Dr. Teresa Cutright
Professor
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Science
Project: Assessment of the biotic and abiotic (chemical and environmental weathering) degradation on the fate of tire and road wear particles in soils
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Jae Won Choi Dr. Jae-Won Choi
Professor
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Science
Project: 3D printed smart tires for health monitoring
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  Dr. Yalin Dong
Professor
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Science
Project: Evaluating rubber aging on tire durability: A combined modeling and experimental approach
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Farhad Siamak Dr. Siamak Farhad
Assistant Professor
University of Akron: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Project: Very high frequency testing of tire tread compounds for improved prediction of wet traction performance
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330-972-7469
Li Jia.2 Dr. Li Jia
Assistant Professor
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Science
Project: Supramolecular reinforcement of rubber
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330-972-7511
David Simmons.2
Dr. David Simmons
Assistant Professor
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Science
Project: Modeling strain-energy distributions and failure properties for idealized particle dispersions and interfaces in filled elastomers
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330-972-6675
coleen pugh.2 Dr. Coleen Pugh
Professor and Interim Chair
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Science
Project: Assessment of the biotic and abiotic (chemical and environmental weathering) degradation on the fate of tire and road wear particles in soils
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Zhu Jiahua Dr. Jiahua Zhu
Professor
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Project: Evaluating rubber aging on tire durability: A combined modeling and experimental approach
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