Plenary Speaker - Dr. Ron Kennedy

Managing Director, Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)

Ron Kennedy is currently the Managing Director of the Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe), an industry/university consortium involving Virginia Tech, the University of Akron, and tire and tire-related companies. In his position he provides administrative oversight, communication with industry members and faculty, and promotion of the Center.He also has the great opportunity to work with graduate students as they pursue their tire related studies.

Before joining CenTiRe three years ago, Ron worked for 37 years in the tire industry at Firestone, Bridgestone/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.

Ron has been actively involved in the Tire Society during his career, serving as conference program chair, awards committee member and chair, and currently as an Associate Editor of the Tire Science & Technology journal. He has given several presentations at Tire Society conferences, winning a Superior Paper Award and an Honorable Mention Award for his work in tire finite element modeling. He has also received the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award from SAE for work from his PhD dissertation on 3D steady state rolling tire finite element development, and the CEO Award and President’s Award from Bridgestone/Firestone.

Ron received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron.