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John Ferris

Associate Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Robotics, Autonomous, and Dynamical Systems
John Ferris
143 Durham Hall (0710)
1145 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

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.

See Dr. Ferris' publications and research on Google Scholar.

  • 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