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2024 Conference Theme: Beyond the Surface – Models, Materials, and Manufacturing

September 11 – 13, 2024

The University of Akron, Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ball Room, Akron Ohio, USA

The Tire Society – the scientific professional organization for the tire industry – welcomes authors and interested individuals to its 43rd Annual Tire Science and Technology Meeting and Conference.

This annual conference is a forum for engineers, scientists, users, policymakers, students, and advocates to learn about innovations that will drive our industry in the years ahead. By effectively communicating our knowledge and research, we can influence practices and policies and inspire innovation at all levels.

The Conference will include:

  • Technical paper presentations
  • A keynote address by an industry leader
  • A plenary lecture by a recognized technical speaker
  • Sponsor exhibits
  • An awards banquet with a technical speaker
  • Networking and continuing education

The 54th Annual Tire Mechanics Short Course will be September 9th-13th and will be, for the first time, held during the same week as the Tire Society Conference, at the University of Akron, Jean Hower Taber Student Union.

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Join us for the following invited speakers!

Keynote Speaker: Rob Williams, President – Hankook Tire America.

Title of talk: “Adapting to Change: Leveraging Technology as a Catalyst for Innovation.

Mr. Williams has been serving as Senior Vice President of Commercial and Consumer Sales since 2022 for Hankook tire America. In January 2023, Williams was appointed to President for Hankook Tire America, overseeing the U.S. and Canada regions. He leads four departments and direct teams including the Tennessee Plant and TBR sales department, a role he’s held since joining Hankook in January 2019. Williams has 33 years of tire and automotive experience. Prior to joining Hankook, Williams, served as Vice President of Automotive Car Care Centers for AAA Carolinas. He also served in operations and sales roles at Michelin, as the Region Director for Commercial Sales & Operations and then developed to Vice President of Commercial Operations. Earlier in his career, he also worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber as a District Manager – Consumer Division. Williams is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Business Administration and Management and currently resides in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

Plenary Speaker: Tom Ebbott, Vice-President – Endurica

Dr. Ebbott received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied fracture and crack growth in polymers. He is known for his leadership and for driving advances in tire modeling, simulation, and workflows. He joined Endurica in 2022 after 35 years at Goodyear, where he held technical and leadership positions in product and technology development, modeling/simulation, and material characterization and he was instrumental in multiple technical partnerships. Tom spent two-years as Manager of Computational Mechanics at Goodyear’s Luxembourg Technical Center. He has published many technical papers and received numerous awards.

Dinner Speaker: Anand Jagota, Professor & Bioengineering Chair – Lehigh University

Title of Talk: “Controlling Adhesion and Friction of Soft Interfaces by Meso-Scale Structures”

Discoveries of unique adhesive and frictional properties in biological attachment systems have, over the past two decades, demonstrated how near-surface architecture at lengths between the molecular (a few nm) and continuum (mm) scales can be used to achieve interesting and unique surface mechanical properties.  This has spurred considerable research activity in design of meso-scale, near-surface architecture (typically at micron to mm length scales).  This talk will present some of our group’s contributions to this field, including design and understanding of film-terminated fibrillar structures for adhesion enhancement, switching by a crack-trapping mechanism, shape-complementary interfaces for controlled adhesion and friction, and enhancement of elasto-hydrodynamic friction by surfaces with periodic modulation of properties.

Anand Jagota is Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Vice-Provost for Research at Lehigh University.  His training is in Mechanical Engineering, from IIT Delhi for undergraduate studies and Cornell University for graduate work.  He worked for nearly 15 years as a materials scientist at the DuPont company and moved in 2004 to Lehigh University.  His research interests are in interfacial mechanical properties. 

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Early Rates
(through Aug. 27, 2024)

Late Rates
(after Aug. 27, 2024)
Full Member Registration $500 $560
Student Member Registration $130 $190
Retiree Member Registration $160 $220
Non-Member Reg w/Online Only Membership $650 $710
Non-Member Reg w/Print and Online Membership $750 $810
Student Non-Member Reg w/Online Only Membership $155 $215
Retiree Non-Member Reg w/Online Only Membership $200 $260
Member POD-Only Registration $200 $260
Non Member POD-Only Registration $350 $410
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10% (10 to 14)
15% (15 to 19)
20% (20 or more)

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