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  • Graduate Program in Acoustics welcomes Julianna Simon to its faculty

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Graduate Program in Acoustics is pleased to announce that Julianna Simon will join the program in January 2017 as assistant professor of acoustics.

    "The program's faculty and students are looking forward to having Dr. Simon as an integral part of our faculty," said Victor Sparrow, professor and director of acoustics. "She brings to Penn State immediate expertise in the area of medical ultrasound that has become increasingly important worldwide in recent years. Her research will lead to new and improved treatments for diseases and to methodologies for applying ultrasound both on earth and in space."

    Simon's research focuses on controlled soft tissue fractionation, bubble-based ultrasonic imaging and pulsed ultrasound therapy for fracture healing.

    Currently, she is a National Space Biomedical Research Institute First Award Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington (UW). She is investigating how the color-Doppler ultrasound twinkling artifact for kidney stone detection is influenced by the unique environment of space.

    Prior to her postdoctoral career at UW, Simon participated in biomechanics research in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.

    During her undergraduate career, she completed an internship at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where she helped monitor pilot cognitive state with functional near-infrared spectroscopy.

    Simon serves as a reviewer for four journals: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control; the Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work's Research in Veterinary Science; Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology; and Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. She was an editor and contributing author for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute Society of Fellows newsletter from 2014 to 2015.

    Simon holds memberships in the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and has presented her research at five ASA national meetings. She earned her bachelor's degree in bioengineering from Washington State University and her doctoral degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington.

  • Acoustics team documents crowd noise effect on opposition at Beaver Stadium. (

    Sound Measurement at Beaver Stadium


  • Penn State Acoustics helps ESPN rank College Basketball's loudest arenas. (

Students in Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics used room acoustics models to compute the direct and reverberant sound fields in ten of college basketball's loudest arenas. Making some assumptions about the source strengths of average fans and students, as well as the absorption coefficients of the arena materials and the fans themselves, the team, led by Micah Shepherd, determined that Kansas has the loudest arena in the country. You can read more about the study at ESPN the magazine online.