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:

We are excited to announce a searchable database of Penn State PhD and MS theses in Acoustics and Vibration is now available to our members. You can find links to PDFs of most of the theses in the database. We will continue to add other theses as students graduate.

This year’s CAV Spring workshop was held 29-30 April 2014. The workshop was attended by over 50 corporate sponsors, government liaisons, and international liaisons, as well as over 60 Penn State faculty and students. More details and links to the presentations from the workshop are available here. Mark your calendars for our 2015 workshop, to be held 5-6 May 2015 at the Penn State Nittany Lion Inn.

Penn State CAV is also helping organize the 2015 Noise and Vibration Emerging Methods (NOVEM) conference, to be held 12-15 April 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a medieval resort town on the Adriatic Sea. Held every three or four years, this will be the fifth NOVEM. The conferences focus on the latest measurement and simulation methodologies, have no more than two parallel sessions, and include interactive discussion forums with expert speakers and the conference attendees. Abstracts are due 17 October 2014. Papers are due 17 January 2015. We hope to see some of you there!

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.