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Full name: 
Bonnie H Ferri
Job title: 
Assoc Chair-Academic
; Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs
Technical Interest Groups: Systems and Controls, Computer Systems and Software
Email address: 
Work phone: 
VL W204B

Bonnie Ferri is a professor and the associate chair for undergraduate affairs in electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech. She has previously served as the associate chair for graduate affairs in ECE. She does research in embedded control systems and in engineering education. She has received many honors and awards including the 2017 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2016 Regent’s Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is the co-chair of a campus-wide commission at Georgia Tech on the future of higher education, and she was an invited speaker at a National Academy of Engineering workshop on education.

Dr. Ferri has been active with the IEEE Control Systems Society and served two terms on its Board of Governors. She was the program chair for the 1998 American Control Conference and will be the general chair for that conference in 2012. She received the B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Notre Dame and the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton. She then worked for Honeywell for two years prior to returning to school to earn her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Research interests: 
  • Embedded control systems
  • Engineering education
  • Real-time computing
  • General Chair of the 2012 American Control Conference

  • IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2017

  • Best Paper Award in the ASEE Mechanics Division, 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition

  • Regents Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (from the University System of Georgia), 2016

  • National Instruments Excellence in Education Award, 2014

  • Georgia Tech Faculty Award: Class of 1934 Outstanding Use of Innovative Education Technology Award, 2011
  • Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2011
  • Harriet B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society, 2007
  • Georgia Tech ECE Faculty Outreach Award, 2006
  • Women of Distinction Faculty Award, 2005, from the Women's Leadership Conference
  • Women In Engineering's Excellence Faculty Mentoring Award, 2005
  • IEEE Control System Magazine Outstanding Paper Award, 2004
  • Notre Dame Women's Achievement Award, 1996
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 1991, from CETL and Amoco
  • Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award, 1991
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1990

Ferri, B.H., Ferri, A.A., Majerich, D., and Madden, A., “Effects of In-class Hands-On Laboratories in a Large Enrollment, Multiple Section Blended Linear Circuits Course” ASEE Advances in Engineering Education, Vol 5, Issue 3, Fall 2016.

Ferri, A.A. and Ferri, B.H., “Blended Learning in a Rigid-Body Dynamics Course Using On-Line Lectures and Hands-On Experiments,” 2016 ASEE Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016. Winner of Best Paper Award from the ASEE Mechanics Division.

Ferri, B.H.,  Ferri, A.A., and Runge, G., “Frequency-Weighted Variable-Length Controllers Using Anytime Control Strategies,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, vol. 137, no. 8, paper 081001, 2015.

Ahmed, S., and Ferri, B.H., “Prediction-based Budget Reservation for Scheduling Soft Real-Time Applications," IEEE Transactions on Computing, 63 (9) (pp. 2343 - 2355) 10.1109/TC.2013.108, 2014.

G. Droge, B. Ferri, and O. Chiu, "Distributed Laboratories: Control System Experiments with LabVIEW and the LEGO NXT Platform," to be presented at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, June 2012.

B. Ferri, J. Auerbach, "A Portable Finite State Machine Module Experiment for In-Class Use in Lecture-Based Course," to be presented at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, June 2012.

E. Ould-Ahmed-Vall, G. Riley and B.H. Ferri, "A Distributed Fault-Tolerant Algorithm for Event Detection Using Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks" to appear in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

G. Runge, A. Ferri, and B. Ferri, "Frequency-Weighted Variable Length Controllers Using Anytime Control Strategies," Proceedings of the 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, Paper No IMECEC2011-64491, Denver, CO, November 11-17, 2011.

B. Ferri, J. Auerbach, J. Michaels, and D, Williams, "TESSAL: A Program for Incorporating Experiments into Lecture-Based Courses within the ECE Curriculum," ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, Canada, June 2011.

S. Ahmed and B. Ferri, "Predication-Based Bandwidth Reservation," IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Atlanta, vol., no., pp.5302-5307, 15-17 Dec. 2010.

B. Ferri and A. Ferri, "Reconfiguration of IIR Filters in Response to Computer Resource Availability," ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, v 9, n 1, article 2, p. 1-25, October 2009.

ElMoustapha Ould-Ahmed-Vall, Douglas M. Blough, Bonnie Heck Ferri, George F. Riley, "Distributed Global ID Assignment for Wireless Sensor Networks," Ad Hoc v 7, n 6, 1194-216, Aug. 2009.

Ferri, B.H, Ahmed, S. Michaels, J., Dean, E., Garvet, C., Shearman, S., "Signal Processing Experiments With LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Kit for Use in Signals and Systems Courses," Proceedings of the American Control Conference, St. Louis, pp. 3787-3792, June 2009.

ElMoustapha Ould-Ahmed-Vall, George F. Riley, Bonnie S. Heck, "Large-Scale Sensor Networks Simulation with GTSNetS," Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation Journal, SIMULATION, Vol. 83, No. 3, 273-290, 2007.

Kamen, E.W. and Heck, B.S., Fundamentals of Signals and Systems with MATLAB and the Web, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall, 2006. Associated Website at

E. Ould-Ahmed-Vall, B. S. Heck and G. F. Riley, "Simulation of Large-Scale Networked Control Systems Using GTSNetS," in Networked and Embedded Sensing and Control, Springer Verlag Lecture Notes in Control and Information Science, Volume 331/2006, pp. 87-106.

B.S. Heck, "Software Technologies for Complex Control Systems," in The Electrical Engineering Handbook, ed. by Wai-Kai Chen, Elsevier Academic Press, Burlington, MA, 2005, pages 1161-1170.

B.S. Heck, Linda M. Wills and George J. Vachtsevanos, "Software technology for implementing reusable, distributed control systems," IEEE Control Systems Magazine, vol.1, February 2003, pp. 21-35.

Ferri, A.A. and Heck, B.S., "Vibration Analysis of Dry Friction Damped Turbine Blades Using Singular Perturbation Theory," ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, vol. 120, no. 2, pp. 588-595, April 1998.

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