Dr. Saied Taheri
Dr. Saied Taheri is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has been the founding director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Tire Research since 2012. He has 29 years of academic and industrial experience in automotive engineering, intelligent tires and vehicles, vehicle dynamics and control, and automotive and transportation safety.
Dr. Thomas Fleischman
Tom Fleischman has worked for 40 years in the Tire & Rubber Industry ... roughly 10 years with Firestone, then five more years with Bridgestone after the acquisition, then 25 years at Goodyear. Tom has conducted research in experimental material response and theoretical modeling related to a variety of complex rubber compound responses to cyclic deformation. Tom created comprehensive material characterization testing procedures and data management strategies.
Dr. John Ferris
Dr. John B. Ferris established his global reputation for investigating improvements to ground vehicle system performance by studying interactions with terrain surfaces. Specifically, his research focuses on chassis design and development, vehicle dynamics, mobile mapping systems, driver-vehicle interactions, virtual proving ground development, design for reliability, customer usage and correlation, and automated vehicle development.
Dr. Joseph Walter
Dr. Joseph D. Walter recently retired from The University of Akron where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses related to tire materials, mechanics and manufacturing as well as vehicle dynamics for 20 years. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Walter last served as President of Bridgestone's Technical Center Europe in Rome, Italy. After more than 50 years of tire and vehicle R&D activity, he remains technically active as an author and consultant.
Dr. Ron Kennedy
Dr. Ron Kennedy is currently the Managing Director of the Center for Tire Research, an industry / university consortium involving Virginia Tech, the University of Akron, and tire and tire-related companies. Before joining CenTiRe, he worked for 37 years in the tire industry at Firestone, and Hankook Tire performing tire finite element methods development and software programming, simulation systems development, advanced tire design, and tire factory uniformity studies. His work has covered the range of tire performance areas, manufacturing, and design.
Jim McIntyre is a Principal Applied Researcher at the Bridgestone Americas Technical Center in Akron, Ohio, where he’s worked since 2018. Prior to Joining Bridgestone, Jim was Vice President and Director of Technology for Camber Ridge, an independent tire test laboratory in Charlotte, North Carolina that he helped to bring into operation. Before that, Jim spent 27 years at Smithers Rapra, as an Engineering Intern, Project Engineer, and Senior Project Engineer. Smithers is an independent tire and automotive test laboratory headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Over the years, Jim has been involved in many phases of tire and automotive testing including force and moment; footprint mechanics; dry, wet, and winter traction; objective and subjective tire and vehicle performance, tire modeling characterization, rolling resistance, regulatory testing, indoor and outdoor treadwear, and tire endurance. Educated as both an Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Jim’s original interest was instrumentation, data acquisition, and computer control systems.
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for engineers working in tire and automotive industries and for undergraduate and graduate students studying and researching any topics related to tire and vehicle dynamics, such as tire modeling, vehicle handling dynamics, understeer, tire finite element modeling, rolling resistance, footprint mechanics, etc.
How many hours of lectures there are?
The course contains 6 modules (please refer to course syllabus for details) each of which has 4 hours of recorded lectures. Therefore, to watch all of them, it will take 24 hours.
What if we have questions about the lecture materials?
If you have questions about the lecture materials, you can forward those to email@example.com and one of the instructors will answer your questions.
What are the prerequisite for this course?
This course uses basics of engineering, dynamics and mechanics to demonstrate the interaction of the tire with the road and generation of forces and moments due to this interaction, how tire materials can affect this dynamics, and how footprint shape and pressure can improve vehicle dynamics balance. Students taking this course should have an engineering background.
What are the backgrounds of the instructors?
The instructors are all experts in their own respective field with extensive industrial/academic experience (please refer to their respective resumes).
Is there a corporate rate?
Depending on how many students from a single company are taking the course, the discount amount will be different. Please use Contact Us page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the rates.