President and Governing Board

The Gear Research Institute is governed by a tripartite board of trustees representing the membership of the Institute, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA). Each research bloc creates its own steering committee whose responsibility is to select and guide programs within a bloc.

2017 Board of Trustees

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John “Jack” E. Masseth

Manager Advanced Gear Manufacturing Technology


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Colleen Tomasello

Manager – Bearing, High Temp, Gear and Structural Alloy Product Metallurgy

Carpenter Technology Corporation – Latrobe Operations

Carnegie-Mellon University (BS), University of Pittsburgh (MS

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Geary Smith

Engineering Manager


Eastern Michigan University

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Amir Aboutaleb

Vice President - Technical Division


University of Utah

Neil Anderson

Neil Anderson

Fellow - Gear Design

Pratt & Whitney

Cleveland State University (BS), University of Toledo (MS)


Tom Doubts

Tom Doubts

Senior Engineer - Drive Systems


Drexel University

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Chad Behrman

Design Engineering Technical Specialist - Gear Boxes

Rolls Royce Corporation

University of Missouri

Teik Lim

Teik C. Lim, PhD, PE

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

University of Texas, Arlington

Avinash Singh

Avinash Singh, PhD

Engineering Group Manager - Advanced Components and Subsystems

General Motors

The Ohio State University

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Mark Traband, PhD, PMP

Associate Director for Materials and Manufacturing

Applied Research Laboratory, Penn State University

Virginia Tech (BS) and The Pennylvania State University (MS and PhD)

Aaron Isaacson

Aaron Isaacson

Managing Director, Gear Research Institute

Head, Drivetrain Technology Center at ARL-Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University (BS and MS)

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