Theses and Papers in the Graduate Program in Acoustics (2020-Present)


  • Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Spatial Coherence Statistics for Reverberation-Limited Littoral Sonar
    Ph.D. Thesis by Chad Smith; Supervised by Dr. Thomas Gabrielson and Dr. Daniel Brown
  • Viability of Motor Current Sensors for Tool Condition Monitoring during Peck Drilling Operations with Coolant and Inverter-Fed AC Motors
    M.S. Thesis by Nicholas Carder; Supervised by Dr. Karl Reichard
  • Tool Condition Monitoring Using the Hilbert-Huang Transform: An Application to Vibration and Motor Current Signals
    M.S. Thesis by Trent Furlong; Supervised by Dr. Karl Reichard


  • Improved Outdoor Sound Propagation Model Using Geographic Information Systems Software and ISO 9613-2
    M.S. Thesis by Adwait Ambaskar; supervised by Victor W. Sparrow
  • Investigation of Transducers in Small Enclosures
    M.S. Thesis by Joseph Bradel; supervised by Stephen Thompson
  • Loudspeaker Array and Testing Facilities for Performing Large Volume Active Noise Cancelling Measurements
    M.S. Thesis by Keagan Downey; supervised by Stephen Thompson
  • Three-Channel Correlation Analysis in Mems and Electret Microphones
    M.S. Thesis by Ana Cristina Ochoa; supervised by David Swanson
  • Measuring Plate Vibration Using Deflectometry: The Advantages and Limitations of Add-On Reflective Material
    M.S. Thesis by Gary Rhoades; supervised by Micah Shepherd
  • 3-D Acoustic Ray-Tracing Model of Mach Cutoff Flight
    Ph.D. thesis by Zhendong Huang; supervised by Victor W. Sparrow
  • Effects of Perturbations on the Reverberant Sound Field of a Room
    M.S. thesis by Sumeet Gawali; supervised by Stephen Thompson
  • Vibrational Analysis of Ash and Composite Hurleys
    M.S. thesis by Kathryn Krainc; supervised by Daniel A. Russell
  • Determining Contact Stiffness, Contact Pressure, and Modal Frequencies of Fastened Metallic Joints
    Ph.D. thesis by Trevor Jerome; supervised by Micah Shepherd
  • Compressive Sensing Co-prime Arrays for Underwater Acoustic Signal Detection and Imaging
    Ph.D. thesis by Andrew Pyzdek; supervised by David Swanson
  • Industrial Chiller Systems Using a Hybrid Statistical Energy Simulation Based on Experimental and Finite Element Methods
    Ph.D. thesis by Stephen Wells; supervised by Stephen Hambric



Founded in 1965, Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics has become the leading resource for graduate education in acoustics in the United States. The interdisciplinary program leads to the degrees: Master of Engineering in Acoustics (M.Eng.), Master of Science in Acoustics (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics (Ph.D.)

Graduate Program in Acoustics

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

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University Park, PA 16802