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Ole Balling

Professor (Docent)


PhD Mechanical Engineering, thesis title: "Exploring Rollover Performance of Road Vehicles". Iowa State University, USA

Minor in Complex Adaptive Systems; Techniques using genetic algorithms/survival of the fittest in Engineering Optimization. Iowa State University, USA

1996 -1999
PhD student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Iowa. Experienced user/developer of multibody dynamics code for the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS).

Msc., Mechanical Engineering, Aalborg Universitet. Thesis title: “Bushing Joints for Recursive Multibody Dynamics”. Thesis Research performed at The University of Iowa.

Work experience

August 2011-
Professor (Docent) in Structural Mechanics, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University.

April 2016-July 2016

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology
JPL Faculty Research Program on "Performance Modeling for Intelligent Mobility".

August 2011

Honorary Professor, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University.


Senior Research Engineer, Idé-Pro Engineering & Software A/S, Aarhus, Denmark.


Lecturer, Aarhus School of Engineering.


Research Engineer, Systems Technology, Inc (STI), Hawthorne, California.

Current reserach projects

• Green Magnets (The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation), Use of permanent magnets in accelerator facilities. Investigations on field dependency on structural deformation, temperature and transients
• DAMRC, VIBO, Vibrations during the drilling process
• Volvo Busses, Cornering capability of rear axles. Dynamic modeling of flexible rear axle designs
• Comfort Analysis of on- and off road vehicles, Dynamic Modeling and human perception of vibrations
• Wind Turbine Drivetrain Analysis. Vibrations and load prediction in Wind turbine Drivetrain, Direct drive as well as geared solutions
• Dynamic Modeling of Wind Turbine Yaw Gears
• Aeroelastic modeling of WindTurbine Rotors


Current Students:
- 2 PhD students
- 10+ Master’s degree students
- Graduated 7 Master’s degree students

Professional memberships and awards

- Jet Propulsion Laboratory Faculty Research Program (JFRP) Award, April 2016.
- NATO Advanced Vehicle Technology Exploratory Team 148, Technical Team Member, Dec 2014- Present – Transitioning to Research Task Group 248 in Jan 2016.
- Editorial Board Member, Intl. Journal of Vehicle Performance, InderScience Publishers, May 2015-Present.
- Innovation Fund Denmark, Steering committee Vice Chairman, “Innomill”, 2015-Present.
- The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, Steering Committee member on “Green Magnets” 2010-2013.
- SAE Vehicle Dynamics Standards Committee, Voting member, 2004–Present.
- SAE Ten Year Member Service Award, 19 years membership.
- ASME Member.
- Conference reviewer: IMSD, ASME IDETC/CIE, CIGR-AgEng.