Graduate Skills Seminar: Learning Git – A Basic Introduction to Version Control

Presenter: Jay Johnson

Friday, November 17 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

Do you write code? Do you ever wish you could remember what your code used to look like or did you make a change that broke everything? Do you collaborate with others on your code? If you answered yes to any of these then you need version control. Come by this Friday when I give a very brief introduction to Git. Git is the most widely used distributed version control software used by coders today.

I will be walking everyone through setting up their first repository. If you would like to work along with me, feel free to bring your laptop to the meeting and take a minute to download the git software (here) and make a free account at (or would work fine too).

Assistant Professorship at the University of Hartford

Posted November 9th 2017

Dr. Robert Celmer at the University of Hartford would like us to distribute information about a tenure track position in their acoustics lab.  They are looking for doctoral students who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are defending in the next 6 months or so, or post-docs interested in the position. The original posting letter can be found here and more information is available on their website.

Co-op Opportunity at HRL Laboratories

Posted November 9th 2017

Please see the following info about a co-op or summer internship opportunity at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA. They are looking for someone to help prototype different projects that they are working on. Applicants must be a US citizen or have a green card. An example project that they need help with:

Acoustical Ask-Me-Anything with Jeff Schmitt, P.E. (ViAcoustics)

This Friday, November 3 in ETC 4.150 at 3 PM

Come and join us this Friday when we sit down with Jeff Schmitt of ViAcoustics. Jeff received his master’s degree at UT under Elmer Hixson and since then he has over 30 years experience as an acoustic engineer. The Acoustical AMA series allows current students to meet with acoustical professionals in an informal setting and pick their brains concerning all things acoustics and related career paths.

Acoustical Ask-Me-Anything with Sam Wallen (ARL-UT)

Friday, October 20 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

Join us this Friday when we chat with Sam Wallen. Sam is a new post-doc at ARL-UT working under Dr. Haberman. The Acoustical AMA series allows current students to meet with acoustical professionals in an informal setting and pick their brains concerning all things acoustics and related career paths.

Hope to see you there!


Job Opportunity at CRREL!

Posted: October 20th 2017

Informational Flyer

My lab here in New Hampshire is trying to recruit new researchers.  We have multiple positions open and ready to be filled, but I wanted to advertise one in particular due to the need for a quick turn-around (the project leads are hoping to have someone hired before February).  There is more information on the position in the attached flyer.  While the flyer says they are looking for a permanent position, the project leads are also open to hiring someone as an ORISE scholar.  The salary range is rather large because they are looking for either an M.S. or a Ph.D., but the compensation is competitive. Since I was confused about this when I came, I should point out that the salary range represents starting salaries, not final career salaries.  There is plenty of room for career advancement.

If any students are interested, please contact our branch chief Andrew Niccolai at  His information is also on the flyer.

I really like the work and environment here, and I feel that a UT acoustics education is excellent preparation to fit right in.  There is both basic and applied work here, and the researchers have considerable flexibility on what they want to pursue.  If any students have questions about this position, CRREL, or living in New Hampshire/Vermont (the lab is on the border), I would be happy to answer them.


Michael B. Muhlestein, Ph.D.
Research Physical Scientist

Graduate Skills Seminar: Citation and Reference Management Software

Presenter: Jay Johnson

Friday, October 13th at 3pm,
in ETC 4.150

It is essential to locate and organize references for any research project, large or small. This requires keeping up with relevant publications and remembering what you read. In this talk, I’ll give a few ideas and tips from more experienced graduate students on how to keep up-to-date on literature using alerts and reference management programs. I will also talk about how these programs interface with Word and LaTeX to make citations and bibliographies a lot simpler.