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Daniel Russell

Teaching Professor of Acoustics and Distance Education Coordinator


  • Acoustics
  • Center for Acoustics and Vibration

201D Applied Science Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Interest Areas:

Acoustics education, structural vibration, vibrational behavior of sports equipment.




  • BM, Piano Performance, Bradley University, 1988
  • BS, Physics, Bradley University, 1988
  • MS, Applied Physics, Northern Illinois University, 1991
  • Ph D, Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University, 1995


Book Reviews

  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2014, Review of "Why You Hear What You Hear: An Experiential Approach to Sound, Music, and Psychoacoustics" by Eric J. Heller, Am. J. Phys, pp. 262-263

Journal Articles

  • Daniel A Russell and Preston S Wilson, 2022, "``Introduction to the special issue on education in acoustics''", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 152, (5), pp. 3102-3106
  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2018, "Acoustics of ping-pong: Vibroacoustic analysis of table tennis rackets and balls", Journal of Sports Sciences, 36, (23), pp. 2644-2652
  • Daniel Allen Russell, J. Junell and D. O. Ludwigsen, 2013, "Vector acoustic intensity around a tuning fork", Am. J. Phys., 81, (2), pp. 99-103
  • Daniel Allen Russell and Daniel O Ludwigsen, 2012, "Acoustic testing and modeling: an advanced undergraduate laboratory.", The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131, (3), pp. 2515-24

Conference Proceedings

  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2021, "Positive aspects of teaching online during COVID-19: Zoom backgrounds, MannyCam, and increased student engagement", Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA), 30, (035005), pp. Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 43, 025001 (2021)
  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2021, "The Rossing factor: How I benefited from being Tom Rossing's student", Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA), 30, (035005), pp. Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 30, 035005 (2017)
  • Daniel Allen Russell and Daniel O Ludwigsen, 2019, "Apparatus for demonstrating evanescent waves in acoustic waveguides", Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA), 21, (025001), pp. Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 21, 025001 (2014);
  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2018, "Interactive (adjustable) plots and animations as teaching and learning tools", Proc. Mtgs. Acoust., 33, pp. 15
  • Daniel Allen Russell, V. W. Sparrow and S. A. Hambric, 2013, "Engaging distance education students in online graduate level courses in acoustics, noise, and vibration", In 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2013, INTER-NOISE 2013: Noise Control for Quality of Life, 7, pp. 5746-5754
  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2013, "Creating interactive acoustics animations using Mathematica's Computable Document Format", Proceedings of the ICA 2013, 19
  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2012, "Flexural vibration and the perception of sting in hand-held sports implements", 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, 12, pp. 10111-10119

Magazines/Trade Publications

  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2020, "The Tuning Fork: An Amazing Acoustics Apparatus", Acoustics Today, 16, (2), pp. 48-55
  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2017, "Acoustics and Vibration of Baseball and Softball Bats", Acoustics Today, 13, (4), pp. 35-42
  • Daniel Allen Russell, 2012, "Nondestructive Testing Detects Altered Baseball Bats", NDT Technician, 11, (4), pp. 1-5

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Outstanding Teaching Award, Penn State Engineering Alumni Society, October 2022
  • 2016 ASA Student Council Mentor Award, Acoustical Society of America Student Council, June 2016 - June 2017


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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

201 Applied Science Building

University Park, PA 16802