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Workshops, Short Courses, and Seminars

Annual Workshop

The CAV hosts an annual technology transfer workshop. This workshop is a two-day event at Penn State, attended by our corporate sponsors, international liaisons, U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Mark your calendars for the 2023 CAV Annual Workshop, to be held October 3 – 4. Learn more »

Short Courses

The CAV also sponsors annual short courses in CAV disciplines. We schedule the short courses the day after our Annual Workshop so that our corporate and government sponsors are best able to attend them. Corporate sponsors may send one person to the course at no charge. The fee for additional registrants, and for non-corporate sponsors is $750. Past short courses have included:

  • Electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Noise
    by by Jose Palacios and Eric Greenwood
  • Acoustic Black Holes
    by Steve Conlon, Micah Shepherd, and several national and international colleagues
  • 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


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.

You can find links to our most recent seminars on our YouTube channel and and a complete list of archived seminars on our Seminar Archive page.

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.



The Center for Acoustics and Vibration performs basic and applied research in vibration and acoustics, supports graduate education, and transfers technology to U.S. industry and government. The center includes faculty, graduate students, and staff in laboratories throughout the College of Engineering and at the Applied Research Lab. These laboratories perform both disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research in areas related to acoustics and vibration.

Center for Acoustics and Vibrations

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802