Dr. James A. Popio is Vice President of Operations - North America of Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira in the United States. Prior to this he was Vice President and General Manager of Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira in the United Kingdom; and before that he was General Manager and Director of Engineering at Smithers Rapra's Ravenna Tire and Wheel Testing Laboratory in Ohio.
Jim has worked with the tire and rubber industry for 20 years and has spent his professional career working for and/or with tire companies, tire dealers, automotive OEMs, industry suppliers, manufacturers, standards organizations and government agencies.
Expertise: Tire performance, characterization and methods development
Jim has extensive experience in tire performance, characterization, and methods development. His specialty areas of expertise are force and moment, endurance, aging, compliance, indoor wear, rolling resistance, and characterization for modeling. Jim is a regular contributor to industry journals as well as a chair and speaker at major tire and rubber conferences.
Qualifications and Professional Accreditation
Jim has a PhD in engineering and and MS, and BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.
- ASTM International
- ACS – Rubber Division
- Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
- SAE International
- Tire Society
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