For more than 60 years, Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) has been actively involved in the acoustic aspects of naval underwater systems — from the formulation and analysis of advanced concepts through the detailed orchestration of field programs and prototype equipment. The instructors selected for this course are all staff and faculty members of ARL; all are experienced educators, involved in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of the material they present, and are available to confer with individual participants about particular questions or problems.
David L. Bradley, a senior scientist, holds a PhD in acoustics. He is investigating sound propagation and modeling of the impact of both ocean boundaries on the acoustic field, and inhomogeneous (bubble-filled) media.
R. Lee Culver, a research associate at ARL, holds a PhD in electrical engineering. He has spent more than 25 years conducting ocean acoustics experiments, including very-low-frequency ambient and vessel-radiated noise measurements and higher-frequency environmental acoustics measurements.
Thomas B. Gabrielson, a senior scientist at ARL, holds a PhD in acoustics. For more than 25 years, he has been conducting research in underwater acoustic propagation, acoustic transducers, and thermoacoustics. His current projects include design of very-low-noise receiving transducers, acoustic velocity sensors, and intensity probes. He will be assisted by Chad M. Smith, research assistant at ARL who holds a master's degree in acoustics.
Anthony P. Lyons, a senior scientist, holds a PhD in oceanography, and has spent more than a decade conducting theoretical and experimental investigations in underwater acoustics. He is currently engaged in studies of high-frequency shallow-water propagation, acoustic interaction with the seafloor, and high-resolution characterization of seafloor sediments.
Martin A. Mazur, a research engineer at ARL, holds a PhD in acoustics. His research experience is in underwater acoustic propagation. He has nearly 30 years of experience in satellite communications system analysis; sonar system analysis and simulation; signal processing; and tracking, guidance, and control algorithms for autonomous vehicles.
Francis R. Menotti, a research associate, holds a PhD in physics. His research experience of more than 40 years has focused on the physics of scattering processes both at the molecular level and, for the last 30 years, in underwater acoustics. His current interest is the active acoustic response of submarines and surface ship wakes.
Jennifer L. Miksis-Olds, a research associate at ARL, holds a PhD in oceanography, and has spent more than a decade using acoustic technology to study life in the ocean. Her research focuses on assessing the impact of environmental change (e.g., climate change, anthropogenic sound) on ecosystem dynamics ranging from the scale of individual animals to population level effects.
Thomas C. Montgomery, a research associate, holds a PhD in engineering acoustics. During his career he has worked on the design and fabrication of underwater transducers and sonar systems. His current research interests include broadband transducer arrays, synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), and transduction materials characterization.
Matthew Poese, a research associate, holds a PhD in acoustics with a background in mechanical engineering. He has had an instrumental scientific and design role in the effort to commercialize thermoacoustic refrigeration technology. He has been with the lab since 2002, and some of his latest projects include atmospheric infrasound measurements and electrochemical battery health monitoring. He is also an instructor in the Engineering Leadership Development program in Penn State's College of Engineering.
Jon Reeves, a senior research associate, holds a PhD in acoustics and has more than 27 years of experience in underwater acoustics and signal processing. His current projects include both basic and applied research in broadband techniques in the undersea littoral environment.
Richard L. Tutwiler, a senior research associate, holds a PhD in electrical engineering. His research interests are ultrasonic imaging architectures, 3D image reconstruction, parallel processing, image processing/analysis, and pattern recognition.
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