Center for Acoustics and Vibration


Research in acoustics and vibration is one of Penn State's enduring strengths. The steady growth of research in acoustics and vibration in recent years establishes the Penn State program as the largest and most respected of its kind at a major research university. The Center for Acoustics and Vibration (CAV), housed in the Penn State College of Engineering, ensures the continued excellence of acoustics and vibration research in the new millennium.

The CAV has three missions:

  • to strengthen basic and applied research in related engineering areas;
  • to foster graduate education in acoustics and vibration engineering; and
  • to provide a base for technology transfer to industry.

The center consists of faculty, graduate students, and staff in nine laboratories throughout the College of Engineering. These laboratories perform both disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research in areas related to acoustics and vibration. Areas of research activity include: active control, adaptive structures, flow-induced noise, structural health monitoring, propagation and radiation, rotorcraft acoustics and dynamics, structural vibration and acoustics, and underwater acoustics.

News and Upcoming Events

Please welcome these new CAV sponsors and liaisons:

This year’s CAV Spring workshop will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, 29-30 April 2014, at the Nittany Lion Inn, featuring:

  • Talks from our 8 CAV technical groups, 7 international liaisons, and some of our new and old sponsors. A preliminary agenda is available here.
  • Panel discussions on Sound Propagation in Air and Water, and on Effects of vibration and sound on humans and animals
  • Our third annual student poster competition, to be held during our Tuesday evening social.
  • A one day short course on Vibration and Noise Control, given by Marty Alexander of Bruel and Kjaer, on 1 May 2014.
  • Tour and ribbon cutting of the new and improved CAV anechoic room, by Dr. Michelle Vigeant

If you'd like to attend, please contact Karen Thal. To reserve a room at the Nittany Lion Inn, please phone them at 814-865-8500 and mention Group Code CAV01 for our special rate.

George Lesieutre

George Lesieutre, head of the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, directs the CAV.

Steve Hambric

Steve Hambric, a Senior Scientist at the Applied Research Lab at Penn State, is the associate director of the CAV. Steve is also a Professor in the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics.