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John Cotton

Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Stocker Center 255
Phone: 740.593.9970

John Cotton spent the early 1990s as contractor for the Federal Highway Administration's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center simulating freeway flows. After completing his Ph.D., he took a research fellowship in the Bioengineering Science Research Group at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, creating fatigue damage simulations of human bone. Cotton returned to Virginia Tech to serve on the faculty of Engineering Science and Mechanics until 2007. Cotton has published more than 60 refereed articles and conference papers. He has taught introductory mechanics, physics, and computational methods courses as well as advanced courses in numerical modeling and mechanics of both traditional and biologic materials.

Research Interests: Computational mechanics, biomechanics, finite element analysis, characterization of material damage and viscoelasticity

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1998; M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1989; B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1987

Something you may not know about me: Cotton spent a year backpacking around Oceania, southeast and south Asia, Africa, and Europe

Technical Report (1)

  • Edwards, J., Quinet, D., Cotton, J., Kraft, F., Bruckner, D. (2011). Assessment of EndfireGlide Slope (EFGS) Compliance to Recent Changes in Frangibility Requirements. OU/AEC 11-08/TM- DTFAWA-10-D00020-TTD1; 73 pages.

Conference Proceeding (10)

Journal Article, Academic Journal (14)

  • Mahato, N., Montuelle, S., Goubeaux, C., Cotton, J., Williams, S., Thomas, J., Clark, B. (2017). Quantification of intervertebral displacement with a novel MRI-based modeling technique: Assessing measurement bias and reliability with a porcine spine model. Magnetic Resonance Imaging; 38: 77–86.
  • Mahato, N., Montuelle, S., Cotton, J., Williams, S., Thomas, J., Clark, B. (2016). Development of a morphology-based modeling technique for tracking solid-body displacements: examining the reliability of a potential MRI-only approach for joint kinematics assessment. 1. BMC medical imaging; 16: 13.
  • Gilbert, M., Snively, E., Cotton, J. (2016). The Tarsometatarsus of the Ostrich Struthio camelus: Anatomy, Bone Densities, and Structural Mechanics. 3. PLOS One; 11: 40.
  • Snively, E., Cotton, J., Ridgely, R., Witmer, L. (2013). Multibody dynamics model of head and neck function in Allosaurus (Dinosauria, Theropoda). 2. Palaeontologia Electronica; 16: 29.
  • Ertas, A., Winwood, K., Zioupos, P., Cotton, J. (2012). Simulation of Creep in Nonhomogenous Samples of Human Cortical Bone. 10. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering; 15: 1121-1128.
  • Dunlap, T., Keller, D., Marshall, M., Costerton, W., Schaudinn, C., Sindelar, B., Cotton, J. (2011). Subgingival Delivery of Oral Debriding Agents: A Proof of Concept. 5. Journal of Clinical Dentistry; 22: 149-158.
  • Eichenseer, P., Sybert, D., Cotton, J. (2011). A Finite Element Analysis of Sacroiliac Joint Ligaments in Response to Different Loading Conditions. 22. Spine; 36: 1446-52.
  • Miller, L., Nickols-Richardson, S., Wooten, D., Ramp, W., Steele, C., Cotton, J., Carneal, J., Herbert, W. (2009). Isokinetic Resistance Training Increases Tibial Bending Stiffness in Young Women. Calcified Tissue International International; 84: 446–452.
  • Nam, J., Cotton, J., Grant, J. (2007). A Virtual Hair Cell: I. Addition of Gating Spring Theory Into a 3-D Bundle Mechanical Model. Biophysical Journal; Vol. 92: p. 1918-1928.
  • Nam, J., Cotton, J., Grant, J. (2007). A Virtual Hair Cell: II. Evaluation of Mechanoelectric Transduction Parameters. Biophysical Journal; 92: 1929-1937.
  • Anderson, D., Cotton, J. (2007). Mechanical Analysis of Percutaneous Sacroplasty using CT Image based Finite Element Models. Medical Engineering and Physics; 29: 316-325.
  • Winwood, K., Zioupos, P., Currey, J., Cotton, J., taylor, M. (2006). Strain patterns during tensile, compressive, and shear fatigue of human cortical bone and implications for bone biomechanics. Part A. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research; Vol. 79 (2): p. 289-297.
  • Cotton, J. (2004). Computational models of hair cell bundle mechanics: II. Simplified bundle models. Hearing Research; Vol. 197 (1-2): pp. 105-111.
  • Cotton, J. (2004). Computational models of hair cell bundle mechanics: III. 3-D utricular bundles. Hearing Research; Vol. 197(1-2): pp. 112-130.

Abstract (1)

  • Cotton, J. (2016). Automated Fracture Simulation for Ulnae in 3-Point Bending with Elastic-Plastic Material.