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

Industry Advisory Board

The research and operation of CenTiRe is guided by representative(s) designated by each of the industry member companies to serve on the Industry Advisory Board (IAB).  Acting as a consortium of members, the IAB meets twice yearly at the Center's university sites to collectively review projects, determine future research directions, select new projects and decide on funding, and provide input on Center practices and procedures.  Other meetings may be held online during the year to conduct specific business of the Center.  The IAB members also act as a conduit to facilitate the incorporation of the results and deliverables from the Center's research work into their respective companies.  The Center is grateful for the time, efforts and expertise provided by the IAB members, as this is critical for its success.

IAB Chair
Mindaugas Rackaitis
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Section Manager for Materials Simulation
Academia and Open Innovation Coordinator

IAB Vice-Chair
Janice Tardiff
Ford Motor Company
Advanced Polymer Materials & Processes Supervisor
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Past IAB Chair
Greg F. Bunting
General Motors Company
Senior Staff Engineer
Global Tire Technical Expert
Tire-Wheel Systems
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248-534-9548

Hamid Aboutorabi
GITI Tire

Toshio Tada
Material Research and Development HQ.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
Rheology, Polymer Physics,
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+81-78-265 5653

Jan Terziyski, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Nexen Tire America Technology Center
4150 Highlander Pkwy, Ste. 400, Richfield, OH 44286
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T. 330-659-4810 x. 225

Philipp Schmidt- zum Berge
Continental Tires
Global Technology Center Hannover, Germany
Manager External R&D Co-operations
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+49 - 511 - 97635020

Nihar Raje
Bridgestone Americas Inc.
Product Development
Advanced System Engineering
Material modeling, Friction and Wear mechanics, Fatigue and fracture mechanics.
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(330) 379-4627

Michael Andrews
Director of External Research
Michelin North America Inc.
Michelin Americas Research Center
Scientific Software, Numerical Modeling, and Finite Element Analysis
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864-422-4560

Sujith S. Nair
Vice President (R&D Centre of Excellence)
CEAT Limited, India
Tyre Materials, Compounding & Manufacturing Technology
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+91 – 96876 76705

P K Mohamed
Cheif Advisor – Research and Development
Global R&D Asia
Apollo Tyres Ltd 
B-25, Sipcot Industrial Growth Centre 
Oragadam, Sriperumbudur 602105
Tamilnadu, India

R Rajeshbabu
Senior Scientist, Raw Materials and Compound Development
Global R&D Asia, Apollo Tyres Ltd
B-25, Sipcot Industrial Growth Centre
Oragadam, Sriperumbudur 602105
Tamilnadu, India

Peter Lee
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co

N Pradeep Kumar
Head, Design and Advanced Engineering
Global R&D Asia, Apollo Tyres Ltd
B-25, Sipcot Industrial Growth Centre
Oragadam, Sriperumbudur 602105
Tamilnadu, India

Robert (Bob) Wheeler
Hankook Tire
Head of America Technical Center
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Brian C. Baddorf
Hankook Tire Company
Americas Technical Center; Tire Engineering Technology Dept.
Noise & Vibration; Acoustics
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Soon Moon
Syncrude Canada

Renji Issac
CEAT

Mehran Motamedi
Bridgestone Americas
Advanced System Engineering
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Eric Pierce
Smithers Rapra

Scott Smith
Bridgestone Americas