• Research

    Improving ground vehicle performance by studying vehicle system interactions with terrain surfaces. Specifically, chassis design and development, vehicle dynamics, terrain topology (high-fidelity measurement, statistical analysis, and stochastic modeling), driver-vehicle interactions, virtual proving ground development, vehicle performance (ride, handling, reliability, mobility), and automated vehicle development.

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    2005-Present, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    2001-2005, Senior Technical Specialist, ZF Lemforder
    1995-2001, Senior Technical Specialist, DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    1992-1995, Research Assistant, University of Michigan
    1990-1992, Project Engineer, Chrysler Corporation


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1996
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1992
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1990

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John Ferris

Associate Professor