Daniel Williams

Daniel Williams

Professor Of Engineering Practice

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: WANG 4026

Phone: 765-496-9080


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, 1995
  • M.S. General Engineering, University of Illinois, 1987
  • B.S. Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois, 1985
  • MBA Florida Institute of Technology, 1990
  • M.A. History, Purdue University, 2008

Research Interests

  • Vehicle Chassis Control Systems
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Human Driver Dynamics

Awards and Recognitions

  • Fellow, SAE (2017)
  • Fellow, ASME (2019)
  • Fellow, IMechE (2019)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)
  • Buckendale Invited Lecturer, SAE 2012
  • Milliken Invited Lecturer, ASME 2016
  • Hyundai Distinguished Lecturer (2014, 2018)
  • Magnus Hendrickson Award for Excellence in Vehicle Dynamics, SAE, 2020
  • Florida Institute of Technology Outstanding Alumni Achievement, 2009
  • Lloyd J. Withrow Award Distinguished Speaker Award, SAE, 2016
  • SAE Outstanding Oral Presentation Award (2015-Congress, 2015-ComVec, 2013 and 2010)
  • Tau Beta Pi

Selected Publications

Pandy, A., N. Pathuri, P. Salunke, S.S. Suba, and D. Williams, “A Practical Fail Operational Steering Concept,” Article ID: 02-13-03-0013
c 2020 SAE International, DOI:10.4271/02-13-03-0013.

Williams, D.E., "Multi-Axle Vehicles with Roll," Int. J. Heavy Vehicle Systems, IJHVS-176757, V26, N3/4, 2019, DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2019.10018564.

Williams, D.E., "Active Suspension: Future Lessons from The Past," SAE Int. J. Veh. Dyn., Stab., and NVH 2(2):147-165, 2018, HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.4271/10-02-02-0010.

Williams, D.E., "Three-Axle Commercial Vehicle with Enhanced Functionality and Steering Redundancy," Int. J. Vehicle Autonomous Systems, 2017 Vol.13, No.4, pp.261 - 273.

Williams, D.E., “Generalized Multi-Axle Vehicle Handling,” Vehicle System Dynamics, DOI:10.1080/00423114.2011.577225, Volume 50, Issue 1 2012.

Williams, D.E., “On the Equivalent Wheelbase of a Three-Axle Vehicle,” Vehicle System Dynamics, DOI: 10.1080/00423114.2010.530670, Volume 49, Issue 9, 2011.

Williams, D.E. “Synthetic torque feedback to improve heavy vehicle drivability,” Proc. IMechE, Part D: J. Automobile Engineering, 2009, 223 (D12), -.DOI10.1243/09544070JAUTO960

Williams, D.E., and W.M. Haddad, “Active Suspension Control to Improve Vehicle Ride and Handling,” Vehicle System Dynamics, July, 1997.

Williams, D.E., and W.M. Haddad, “Nonlinear Control of Roll Moment Distribution to Influence Vehicle Yaw Characteristics,” IEEE Trans. Contr. Syst. Tech., Vol. 3, pp 110-116, 1995.

Metz, D., and Williams, D., “Near Time-Optimal Control of Racing Vehicles,” Automatica, Vol. 25, 6, pp. 841-857, November 1989.


Williams, D.E., Generalized Vehicle Dynamics, ISBN 978-1468601407, SAE International, Warrendale, PA, April 2022.

Messner, W.C., et. al., Autonomous Vehicle Technologies and Their Applications, Commercial Vehicle Chapter, SAE, ISBN: 978-0-7680-7718-6, September 2014.