John Zolock
John D. Zolock, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Vehicle Engineering
  • Natick

Dr. Zolock’s expertise in the field of engineering includes analytical and experimental evaluation of vehicle crashworthiness and occupant protection, vehicle dynamics, and mechanics. He specializes in automobile, bus, pedestrian, heavy truck, and rail vehicle accident investigation and reconstruction. His experience in photogrammetry, event data recorder (EDR) analysis, full scale rail vehicle testing, physical testing and evaluation of the design and performance of Roll Over Protection Structures (ROPS) for off-highway recreational vehicles, and automobile crash, dolly rollover, handling testing, sled testing, and FMVSS testing enhances his consulting contributions to the reconstruction of accidents.

His work has emphasized study in the areas of materials, applied mechanics, dynamics, vibrations, finite element analysis, biomechanics and occupant injury modeling, and component and full-scale field-testing.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Zolock held the position of Mechanical Engineer at the Department of Transportation / Research and Innovative Technology Administration / Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA, for 9 years. His core work specialized in research and development projects related to railroad vehicle/track interaction, train derailment cause finding and prevention, train make-up and performance, rail vehicle suspension design and performance, rail vehicle crashworthiness, accident injury causation, and rail vehicle occupant safety and protection. Dr. Zolock is familiar with test and/or analysis protocols used to demonstrate compliance with numerous National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) FMVSS Regulations, Federal Railroad Administration Regulations (FRA), American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recommended practices, and the ANSI/ROHVA standards.

While working at the Volpe Center, Dr. Zolock wrote a Ph.D. dissertation at Tufts University titled, “A Methodology for the Modeling of Forced Dynamical Systems from Time Series Measurements using Time-Delay Neural Networks.” The dissertation studies the use of neural networks to predict the wheel/rail force response of rail vehicles to track geometry variation. While at Penn State University, Dr. Zolock wrote a thesis titled, “Experimental Observation and Characterization of Tire Standing Waves.” At Penn State, Dr. Zolock focused classroom studies on experimental and analytical dynamics, vibrations, modal analysis, signal analysis, mechanics of materials, and composite materials. Previous work experience at Micro Motion included experimental and analytical modal analysis of coriolis based mass flow meters, high pressure feedthru testing and design, and coriolis mass flow meter design.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 2005
  • M.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, 1997
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Grove City College, 1994
  • Recipient of 2012 SAE Arch T. Colwell Award for outstanding paper (2010-01-0515) presented at SAE

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, #2550

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Connecticut, #28194

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Massachusetts, #48127

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, New York, #088006

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Pennsylvania, #079651

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Rhode Island, #9625

Publications

Zolock J, Senatore C, Yee R, Larson R et al. The use of stationary object radar sensor data from Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in accident reconstruction. SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-1465, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-1465.

Larson R, Croteau J, Bare C, Zolock J, et al. Steering maneuver with furrow-tripped rollovers of a pickup and passenger car. SAE Technical Paper 2015-01-1477, 2015. doi:10.4271/2015-01-1477.

Heller M, Sharpe S, Newberry W, Dibb A, Zolock J, et al. Occupant kinematics and injury response in steer maneuver-induced furrow tripped rollover testing. SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety 3(2):2015. doi:10.4271/2015-01-1478.

Parker D, Zolock J, Keefer D. A study of vehicle impacts during dolly rollover tests and comparison to frontal and side impact tests. Society of Automotive Engineers, 2014-01-0529, April 2014.

Croteau J, Zolock J, Larson R, Bare C, Peterson D, Parker D. Dynamic response of vehicle roof structure and ATD neck loading during dolly rollover tests. Society of Automotive Engineers, 2010-01-0515, April 2010.

Zolock J, Greif R. A methodology for the modeling of forced dynamical systems from time series measurements using time-delay neural networks. J Vibration Acoustics 2009; 131(1).

Zolock J, Greif R. A methodology for the modeling of rail vehicles from time series measurements using time-delay neural networks. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Rail Transportation Division Fall Technical Conference, RTDF2007-46022, November 2007.

Martinez E, Zolock J, Tyrell D. Crush analyses of multi-level equipment. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IMECE2006-13214, November 2006.

Martinez E, Zolock J, Tyrell D. Review of severe deformation recommended practice through analysis-comparison of two cab car end frame designs. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME2005-70043, March 2005.

Zolock J, Greif R. Application of time series analysis and neural networks to the modeling and analysis of forced vibrating mechanical systems. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME2003-55519, November 2003.

Zolock JD, Tyrell D.C. Locomotive cab occupant protection. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME2003-44121, November 2003.

Martinez E, Zolock J, Tyrell D. Rail-car impact tests with steel coil: Car crush. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, JRC2003-1656, April 2003.

Tyrell D, Zolock J, VanIngen-Dunn C. Train-to-train impact test: Occupant protection experiments. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IMECE2002-39611, November 2002.

Tyrell D, Zolock J, VanIngen-Dunn, C. Rail passenger equipment collision tests: Analysis of occupant protection measurements. Rail Transportation, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, RTD-Vol. 19, November 2000.

Chatterjee A, Cusumano JP, Zolock JD. On contact-induced standing waves in rotating tires: Experiment and theory. Journal of Sound and Vibration 1999; 227(5):1049–1081.

Chatterjee A, Cusumano JP, Zolock JD. Standing waves in a simple model of a rotating balloon tire. ASME Winter Annual Meeting November 1997.

Cusumano JP, Zolock JD. An experimental study of tire standing waves on a small-scale test rig. SAE Aerospace Atlantic Conference, SAE961301, May 1996.

Technical Reports


Tyrell D, Severson K, Zolock J, Perlman A. Passenger rail two-car impact test Volume I: Overview and selected results. U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Railroad Administration; DOT/FRA/ORD-01/22.1, January 2002.

Public Abstracts of Presentations


Zolock J. Passenger car and heavy truck advanced driver assistance systems: How will technology change accident investigation? Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, June 7, 2016.

Zolock J, Seusing C, Loud W, Event data from automobile Electronic Control Modules (ECM’s), Claims and Litigation Management 2013 Transportation Committee Mini-Conference, June 14, 2013.

Zolock J, Frank B, Event data from automobile Electronic Control Modules (ECM’s), Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting, May 12, 2011.

Zolock JD. Rail passenger equipment outermost end door removable panels. Federal Railroad Administration—Railroad Safety Advisory Committee Passenger Safety Working Group/Emergency Preparedness Task Force Meeting, Boston, MA, April 19 2005.

Zolock JD. Artificial neural network approach to modeling dynamic mechanical systems. University of Rhode Island Seminar Series in Mechanical Engineering, Kingston, RI, April 23, 2004.

Zolock JD, Tsai T. Equalized truck performance modeling and testing. Transportation Research Board 78th Meeting, Washington, D.C, January 10–14 2000.

Zolock JD, Carr G. A case study of commuter rail low speed derailments. ARM-Corporation Wheel/Rail Interface Seminar, Chicago, IL, May 12–13, 1999.

Zolock JD, Cusumano JP. An experimental study of tire standing waves. 133rd Meeting of the Acoustic Society of America, State College, PA, June 16–19, 1997.

Prior Experience

Senior Mechanical Engineer (Structures and Dynamics Division), U.S. Department of Transportation/Research and Innovative Technology Administration/Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 1998–2006

Research Assistant, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1995–1997

Teacher Assistant in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1995

Mechanical Engineering Intern, Micro Motion Incorporated, 1992–1993

Professional Affiliations

Society of Automotive Engineers (member)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (member)

National Society of Professional Engineers (PE Status and member)

Additional Information

Additional Education Training

World Reconstruction Exposition, 2016

Society of Automotive Engineers: Accessing and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders Seminar, 2015

Investigating Motor Vehicle Crashes with Utility Poles and Trees, 2014

Crash Data Retrieval User Summit, 2014

CSI Crash Data Retrieval Technician Level I and II, 2013

Society of Automotive Engineers: Vehicle Frontal Crash Occupant Safety and CAE, 2013

Engineering Dynamics Corporation HVE Forum Workshop, 2012

Bosch Crash Data Retrieval Data Analyst Course, 2011

Bosch Crash Data Retrieval Technician Level 1 Course, 2011

Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks e-Seminar, 2011

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training, 29 CFR 1910.120

Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Course, University of Wisconsin, 2008

Engineering Fundamentals of Rail Transit Passenger Systems: Light Rail, Commuter Rail, and Rapid transit, University of Wisconsin, 2008

Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Traffic Accident Reconstruction Course, 2007

Society of Automotive Engineers: Occupant and Vehicle Kinematics in Rollovers, 2007

Society of Automotive Engineers: Injuries, Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Federal Regulations Seminar, 2001

Railroad Derailment Cause Finding and Prevention Seminar, by Rail Sciences Inc., 1999

Dale Carnegie Leadership Training Course Graduate and Course Assistant, 1993–1994

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 2005
  • M.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, 1997
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Grove City College, 1994
  • Recipient of 2012 SAE Arch T. Colwell Award for outstanding paper (2010-01-0515) presented at SAE

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, #2550

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Connecticut, #28194

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Massachusetts, #48127

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, New York, #088006

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Pennsylvania, #079651

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Rhode Island, #9625