Gerald Rick Potts, PhD Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Engineering

Dr. Gerald Rick Potts utilizes years of expertise in his work with The University of Akron and GRP Dynamics LLC

FAIRLAWN, OH, March 15, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Gerald R. Potts, PhD has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Drawing on years of professional engineering expertise, Dr. Potts excels as an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering for The University of Akron and as principal of GRP Dynamics LLC. Previously, he worked as the president and chief technology officer of Test Measurement Systems, Inc., president of G.R. Potts Associates, Inc., adjunct professor of mechanical engineering for General Motors Institute, and as manager of Tire and Wheel Test Systems at MTS Systems Corp., where he led the development of the Flat-Trac® tire test machine, now measuring tire cornering and traction performance in tire and vehicle company R&D laboratories the world over. During the early stages of his career, Dr. Potts gained valuable expertise in the industry through similar roles with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Kansas State University, and Pan American Petroleum. Similarly, he has utilized his expertise as a consultant.

In his teaching at the University of Akron, Dr. Potts has been working as part of a team, teaching tire and vehicle dynamics in Asia, Europe, and the USA for the past 50 years to more than 3000 students now ranging from new recruits to senior managers of tire and vehicle companies, thus influencing tire design and development of most of the world’s tires today.

Alongside his work, Dr. Potts has served as Chairman of the F-9 Committee on Tires with the American Society of Testing and Materials, as President of The Tire Society, and aligns himself with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society for Experimental Stress Analysis, Society of Automotive Engineers International, Phi Kappa Phi, and The Tau Beta Pi Association, Inc. just to name a few. Due to his considerable expertise, he has also served as a keynote speaker for the Tire Technology Conference and has authored a plethora of articles and patents, including “Application of Holography to the Study of Tire Vibrations,” “Development of a Flat Surfaced Tire Test System,” “High-Speed Tire Uniformity Testing,” and “Elimination of Stray Forces from Tire Dynamics Measurements or Beware the Backpath.”

An expert in his field, Dr. Potts holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Wichita State University and Kansas State University, respectively. Subsequently, he received a PhD in the same discipline through his graduate alma mater. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, he won the Fernley H. Banbury Award from the American Chemical Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Tire Technology International, and the Standard Oil Company Outstanding Educator Award from Kansas State University. While his career has been filled with highlights, he takes the most pride in developing a solution for avoiding test machine resonant frequency effects in tire dynamic testing, which he named the Dynamic Force Measurement System (DFMS). Dr. Potts intends to continue teaching and consulting in the industry in the coming years.

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