Research Areas

The Graduate Program in Acoustics faculty are widely recognized for their expertise and leadership in the Acoustical Society of America and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. Our faculty comprise an interdisciplinary and intercollegiate team, made up of professors and research scientists from the Acoustics Program, several College of Engineering departments, and the Applied Research Laboratory. Areas of faculty research expertise include:

  • Acoustic Metamaterials
  • Acoustical Oceanography
  • Acoustic Remote Sensing
  • Active Control
  • Adaptive Signal Processing
  • Aero-acoustics
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Atmospheric Acoustics
  • Biomedical Ultrasound
  • Education in Acoustics
  • Electroacoustic Transducers
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Flow Induced Noise
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Gear System Noise and Vibration
  • Infrasound
  • Machine Condition Monitoring
  • Musical Acoustics
  • Noise Control
  • Nondestructive Evaluation
  • Nonlinear Acoustics
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Ocean Acoustics
  • Outdoor Sound Propagation
  • Physical Acoustics
  • Psychological Acoustics
  • Physiological Acoustics
  • Seafloor Acoustics
  • Seismic Surveillance
  • Signal Processing
  • Sonar Engineering
  • Sonic Booms
  • Modal Analysis
  • Structural Acoustics
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Ultrasonic Imaging
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Vibration Control


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