Graduate Program in Acoustics


Research Areas

Acoustic Imaging and Holography
Acoustical Gas Analysis
Active Control of Sound and Vibration
Active Materials and Structures
Adaptive Signal Processing
Atmospheric Acoustics
Biomedical Ultrasound
Boundary Element and Finite Element Techniques
Computational Acoustics
Flow-Induced Noise
Modal Analysis
Noise Control
Nondestructive Evaluation
Nonlinear Acoustics
Ocean Acoustics and Oceanography
Outdoor Sound Propagation
Signal Processing
Sonar Engineering
Structural Acoustics
Transducers and Transduction
Underwater Acoustics
Wave Propagation and Scattering

Acoustical Laboratories and Research Programs

The facilities which are available to the students and faculty of the Acoustics Program for their research can be found in various laboratories located throughout the campus, each administered separately by the departments to which they are connected. We are not able to list all acoustics related research groups here. Below is information on some of the University Park research groups in which our faculty and students are working.

Biomedical and Ultrasonics

Engineering Nanostructure Characterization Center

Noise Control and Hydroacoustics

The Noise Control and Hydroacoustics Division at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), utilizes our extensive experience from years of work with acoustics and noise control engineering for US Navy submarines to solve noise and vibration problems, and design quiet products.  Utilizing experimental facilities, analytical skills, and computational tools we quickly and efficiently diagnose problems and provide solutions

Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration (PSICE)

The Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration Group (PISCE) is made up of faculty, researchers, students, and staff from various departments and centers at Penn State who share an interest in understanding the role of ice in the climate system. Integrating glaciology, seismology, modeling, and climatalogy, PSICE works to unite Penn State's polar researchers under one roof, encourage new interdisciplinary projects, and act as an interface to the CReSIS Science and Technology Center.

The poles offer unprecedented opportunities for research. We have premier researchers working on different aspects of problems such as as that of the largest potential contribution to sea-level change from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheet.