Scholar of the Week

John Ferris

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes John Ferris, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, for his research into ways of improving vehicle system performance by studying the interactions between vehicles and terrain.

Scholar of the Week John FerrisHe directs the Vehicle Terrain Performance Laboratory in the mechanical engineering department, where his research specialties include terrain measurement and modeling, tire and vehicle dynamics, and the development of virtual proving grounds. The lab’s holistic approach toward research − investigating all aspects of vehicle-terrain interactions and using a broad range of measurement, analysis, and modeling tools − allows the researchers to broaden their expertise while gaining a deeper understanding of the fundamental issues that are involved in improving vehicle system performance. The vehicles being studied include passenger cars and trucks, commercial off-road and military vehicles, motorcycles, and more.

Ferris conducted research in vehicle dynamics and chassis development in the automotive industry for 15 years before becoming a faculty member in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Ferris received his bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon, and his master’s and Ph.D., both in mechanical engineering, from the University of Michigan.

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The goals of the Scholar of the Week are to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship.

Please nominate individuals — not teams, groups, or more than one person.

Please provide a sentence describing the research, scholarship, or creative work in non-technical, generally accessible language. A second sentence with an example or application is helpful.

  • Send nominations to: Srinath Ekkad, Associate Vice President for Research Programs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.