Smithers Rapra Names Dean Tener Technical Manager of Ravenna Tire Testing Lab

Smithers Rapra announced that Dean Tener has been named Technical Manager of the Ravenna Tire Testing Lab operations. Previously, Tener was Senior Test Engineer for General Motors Tire/Wheel Systems.

“With more than 30 years in the research, design and testing sectors of the automotive industry, we look forward to Dean’s expertise and leadership in providing our customers with product development assistance, testing and analysis,” said Jesse Roeck, Vice President and General Manager of Smithers Rapra. “Dean will focus on Force and Moment (F&M) testing and Plysteer Residual Aligning Torque (PRAT) services at Ravenna.”

Prior to General Motors, Tener was the Senior Engineer for Honda R&D Americas, where he led the CAE simulation for predicting vehicle steering, handling, ride and low-frequency vibrations. Tener has also worked as the Technical Manager for Bridgestone/Firestone’s vehicle systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.

The Smithers Rapra tire testing facility in Ravenna, Ohio is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and provides a wide range of durability and endurance testing as well as performance testing for tires and wheels.