2009 Student of the Year
John Limroth is a research engineer at Michelin Americas Research Company in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned his PhD in Automotive Engineering from Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in 2009. Clemson was the first U.S. university to offer a doctoral degree in this discipline, and John was the program's first graduate.
John previously worked at National Instruments for 10 years in various roles, including research and development, sales, and product-strategy development for the company's test, measurement, and control-application hardware and software tools. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1994 and 1996.
In addition to his studies, John continues to be the principal investigator on a National Transportation Research Center, Inc.-University Transportation Center (NTRCI-UTC) sponsored research project exploring co-simulation of heavy truck tire dynamics and electronic stability control systems. His contributions to the project's track testing programs were critical to their success.
John's vehicle rollover research has resulted in a number of papers. He presented his results at the 2009 SAE International Heavy Truck Handling, Dynamics and Control Symposium and has been invited to publish a paper at the 2010 SAE World Congress.
John has been a leader among his peers. He has spent countless hours helping to train his fellow students in the LabVIEW software package. He has also assisted in the evolution of the Clemson University Automotive Engineering Program, providing input to faculty from the perspective of having been one of the initial students.
In recognition of his research contributions to industry and academia, his leadership role, and his teaching ability, the National Transportation Research Center, Inc.-University Transportation Center is proud to select John Limroth as its 2009 Outstanding Student of the Year.