John B. Ferris

Associate Professor

(540) 231-4797
143 Durham Hall – 0710
1145 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


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

143 Durham Hall – 0710 Marker-48


  • 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.

  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Society for Automotive Engineers
    • Road Profile Users’ Group

  • Publications

  • 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

  • Awards and Honors

  • Professional Leadership

    • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control, 2011-2014
    • Guest Editor, International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modeling and Testing, Special Edition on Terrain Topology: Measurement, Analysis, And Applications, 2009
    • Guest Editor, International Journal of Vehicle Design, Special Edition on Road Profiles: Measurement, Analysis, and Applicaitons, Vol. 36, No. 2/3, 2004
    • Editorial Board, International Journal for Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing
    • Road Profile User’s Group Board of Directors, Academic Liaison, 2007-Present
    • Society for Automotive Engineers, Ground Vehicle Reliability Committee Terrain Modeling Task Force Chair, 2009-2016
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dynamic Systems and Controls Division Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee, Recording Secretary, 2006-2008; Vice-Chair, 2008-2010; Chair, 2010-2012
    • SAE GVRC Committee, Author, Suggested Practice, Terrain Topology Modeling
    • SAE Vehicle Dynamics Standards Committee, Co-Author J2812 Road-Load Tire Model Validation; Co-Author J6 Ride Engineering Technology Overview
    • Session Chair, Defense and Security Symposium, International Society for Optical Engineering, 2006
    • ISO/TC 22/SC 9, US Advisory Group Vehicle Dynamics & Road-Holding Ability, member, 2000-Present
    • ASME DSCD Modeling and System Identification Technical Committee Session Chair, 2003-2005
    • ASME DSCD Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee, Session Chair, 2005-2006; Topic Chair, 2006-2007; Track Co-Chair Transportation Systems, 2007; Topic Co-Organizer, Intelligent Vehicle and Transportation Systems, 2015
    • ASME DSCD Conference Program Committee Member, 2011
    • RPUG Session Chair, 2016