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

The students involved in the CenTiRe funded projects are a vital part of the Center. They gain valuable experience in carrying out the research work as a part of their graduate school program, interacting with the industry mentors in the monthly project updates, and presenting to the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) members at the bi-annual meetings. Many of our students have moved on to full time employment with our industry members after graduation or participated in internships at member locations during their studies.

  Waleed Alkandari 
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Rubber lifetime performance: Coupling effects of dynamic aging and wear
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Pradosh Dash
Pradosh Pritam Dash 
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Rolling tire vibro-acoustic measurement and model development for structural-borne noise predictions
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Gen Fu
Virginia Tech: Department of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
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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Karthik Balaji Keshavamurthi
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Rubber lifetime performance: Coupling effects of dynamic aging and wear
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  Mehran Shams Kondori
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering 
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Comprehensive multi-scale modeling of tire abrasion
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Ashkan Narazi
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Projects: Multi-length scale modeling and testing of wet traction
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Arash Nouri
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Projects: Characterization of structure-borne vehicle interior noise
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 Spiering Glenn
Glenn Spiering
Virginia Tech: Department of Chemistry
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Supramolecular reinforcement of rubber
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  Zhen Xu
Virginia Tech: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Rubber lifetime performance: Coupling effects of dynamic aging and wear
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  Omar Faruk Emon
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: 3D printed smart tires for health monitoring
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 Roja Esmaeeli
Roja Esmaeeli
University of Akron: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D: Fall 2019
Project: Very high frequency testing of tire tread compounds for improved prediction of wet traction performance
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Xufeng Guo
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Science
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Evaluating rubber aging on tire durability: A combined modeling and experimental approach
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Myoeum Kim
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: 3D printed smart tires for health monitoring
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Yifan Li
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Evaluating rubber aging on tire durability: A combined modeling and experimental approach
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 Lienhart Gavin
Gavan Lienhart
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
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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Rouhollah Mokabberi
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: 3D printed smart tires for health monitoring
 
 
Kasar Moosvian
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
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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Tamanna Rahman
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Modeling strain-energy distributions and failure properties for idealized particle dispersions and interfaces in filled elastomers
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 Schmitz Nathan
Nathan Schmitz
University of Akron: Department of Polymer Engineering
Ph.D: TBD
Project: Supramolecular reinforcement of rubber
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