Center for Acoustics and Vibration

Workshops, Short Courses, and Seminars

Spring Workshop

Presentations at the CAV workshop

The CAV hosts an annual technology transfer workshop - a two day event at Penn State attended by our corporate sponsors, international liaisons, US government liaisons, and Penn State CAV faculty and students. The workshop is a mix of technical presentations by faculty, students, corporate sponsors, and international and US government liaisons, along with lab tours and social activities. A highlight of the workshop is our evening social and student poster competition, where our visitors meet our graduate students and learn about their research (see below).

CAV workshop evening social and student poster competition

This year's CAV Spring Workshop was held 7-8 May at the Nittany Lion Inn. The agenda featured overviews from our 8 CAV groups, as well as updates from our international liaisons and corporate and government sponsors. You can look through the presentations on our CVENT site - just click on the presentation titles to see the PDFs.

Short Courses

The CAV also sponsors annual short courses in CAV disciplines. We schedule the short courses the day after our Spring Workshop so that our corporate and government sponsors are best able to attend them. This year, we held a short course on the hot topic of Acoustic Black Holes on 9 May led by Stephen Conlon and Micah Shepherd. Corporate sponsors may send one person to the course at no charge. The fee for additional registrants, and for non-corporate sponsors is $600. Past short courses have included:

  • Acoustic Metamaterials (by Amanda Hanford and several international colleagues)
  • Piezoelectric Materials and Devices (by Kenji Uchino)
  • Cepstrum Analysis (by Bob Randall of University of New South Wales)
  • Vibration and Noise Control (by Marty Alexander of Bruel and Kjaer)
  • Flow Noise (by Phil Morris and Tim Brungart)
  • Fundamentals of Sound and Vibration Measurements (by Chris Barber)
  • Digital Signal Processing (by Karl Reichard)
  • Shock and Vibration Testing (by Joe Testa of Unholtz-Dickie)
  • Statistical Energy Analysis (by Evan Davis of Boeing)
  • Structural Health Monitoring (by Karl Reichard and Jeff Banks)
  • Turbomachinery Noise (by the late Wolfgang Neise of DLR)
  • Active Control of Sound and Vibration (by Phil Nelson and Steve Elliott of ISVR)
  • Structure-borne sound (by the late Manfred Heckl)


CAV lunch seminar

Each semester, each CAV technical group hosts a lunchtime seminar. CAV members, as well as outside guests from other universities, government agencies, or industry, give technical talks on topics of interest to the CAV community.

These talks are available to our corporate sponsors via the videoconferencing capability housed in the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics classroom. We announce the talks to our members and corporate sponsors about a week in advance, and provide videoconferencing access information to our corporate sponsors. We have also established an archive of past talks that are accessible only to our members.