Business Development Manager in USA specializing in Tire and Wheel Testing | Smithers Rapra
Dean has more than 30 years of experience in the research, design and testing sectors of the automotive industry, and provides product development assistance, testing and analysis for commercial tires.
Previously, Dean was Senior Test Engineer for General Motors Tire/Wheel Systems. Prior to General Motors, Tener was Senior Engineer for Honda R&D Americas, where he led the CAE simulation for predicting vehicle steering, handling, ride and low-frequency vibrations. Dean also served as test and countermeasure development expert in the areas of drift/pull and torque steer. He has also worked as the Technical Manager for Bridgestone/Firestone’s vehicle systems.
Expertise: Tire Testing
Based in Akron, Ohio, Dean focuses on strategic business and test program development, Force and Moment (F&M) testing and Plysteer Residual Aligning Torque (PRAT) services. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.
Dr. James Popio
Vice President North America in USA specializing in Tire Performance and Characterization | Smithers Rapra
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. Jim has a PhD in engineering and and MS, and BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.
Senior Program Manager | Altair
Chris Coker has been involved in vehicle dynamics simulation starting with his graduate studies at Texas A&M. Since joining Altair Engineering in 1992, he’s worked on helping customers simulate, design, build, and test a variety of vehicles, ranging from golf-carts, race cars, aircraft, military vehicles, to 500 ton mining trucks.
Altair is a product design and development, engineering software and cloud computing software company, founded in 1985, with its headquarters in Troy, Michigan, and offices worldwide.
President | Stackpole Engineering Services, Inc
Michael Stackpole is the President and Owner of Stackpole Engineering Services, Inc, located in North Canton, Ohio, USA. Originally founded as a tire testing, modeling and analysis service company in 1999, the company’s team of industry leading vehicle dynamics and software engineers have helped to expand the company’s offerings to include commercially available custom simulation software and engineering analysis tools. Stackpole Engineering currently provides tire/vehicle related engineering services throughout the world to professional motorsports programs and major automotive, truck and military vehicle manufacturers, their suppliers and aftermarket providers.
Prior to starting Stackpole Engineering Services, Michael worked for 15 years at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, in both their OEM focused Vehicle Dynamics group and the Advanced Engineering group in Race Tire Development. His focus was both development. Prior to Goodyear, Michael worked in the Advanced Engineering group at Bridgestone/Firestone, where he specialized in tire/vehicle modeling and vehicle simulation development and analysis.
Expertise: Tire Modeling, Tire Data Fitting, Simulation Development and Tire/Vehicle System Analysis
Michael earned his BSME from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron. Michael has 25 years of experience in the areas of tire testing, tire model development, tire data fitting, simulation analysis and engineering software development.
Automated Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems (ADAMS) | MSC Software
Prof. Dr. Michael Gipser
Engineer, Partner | Cosin Scientific Software
Expertise: Simulation, System Dynamics, Vehicle Dynamics, Multibody Dynamics and Computer Science
1972-77 Darmstadt University, Applied Mathematics
1977-82 Mathematics Research Assistant, Darmstadt University
- PhD in numerics of discretized nonlinear partial differential equations
1982-1993 Daimler-Benz Research, Stuttgart, Germany
- Senior Researcher Vehicle Dynamics
- Tire and suspension modeling Mathematical K&C Optimization
- Simulation technology, computer animation
- Mathematics of suspension control systems (active suspension, 4WS)
- Head of System Dynamics Department
since 1993: Professor at Esslingen University, Germany
Automotive Engineering Faculty
- Computer Simulation
- System Dynamics
- Vehicle Dynamics
- Suspension and Tire Modeling
- Computer Science Programming
- Author of the textbook 'Systemdynamik und Simulation'
since 1998: Development of the tire simulation model FTire and related software Development of
cosin/mbs (multi-body dynamics based driving simulator software)
2009 Foundation of cosin scientific software & Commercialization of FTire
- Cooperation contracts with MSC Software
- Altair Engineering
- Simpack AG
- Aachen University
- Karlsruhe University
- Consultant of Daimler, BMW, Audi, VW, Jaguar-Landrover, Honda, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, GM, Opel, Ford, Chrysler, Bell, Volvo Car, Airbus, Deere, MAN, Bell, Caterpillar, Liebherr, Continental, Pirelli, Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Firestone, Hankook, Toyo, MagnaSteyr, and many more
2015 Retirement from Professorship
- Full engangement in cosin scientific software and FTire development
- Member of SAE, GAMM, ASIM