Application Deadline for Physical Acoustics Summer School Approaching

Please see the attached email from the ASA about Physical Acoustic Summer School (PASS 2018). The deadline for applications is February 12.

PASS is a unique opportunity to meet acoustics students from other schools as well as distinguished acousticians from both academia and industry. It is offered only every-other year, so if you think you might be interested: apply!

If you have any questions, I went to PASS 2016 and both Ben T. and Ben G. went to PASS 2014.

The 2018 Physical Acoustics Summer School, PASS 2018, will be held at The Inn at Ole Miss Hotel & Conference Center on the Oxford campus of The University of Mississippi, 3-8 June 2018.

PASS 2018 is cosponsored by the Acoustical Society of America and the National Center for Physical Acoustics at the University of Mississippi.

The purpose of the Summer School is to bring graduate students, distinguished lecturers, and discussion leaders together to discuss a wide variety of subjects in physical acoustics. The focus of PASS 2018 is on intermediate and advanced graduate students.

The deadline for submitting applications to participate in the school is 12 February 2018.

Further details can be found in the PASS 2018 announcement and on the 2018 PASS webpage.

Questions can be directed to Josh Gladden, the PASS 2018 Director, at

Webinar on New Acoustics Modeling Features in COMSOL® 5.3a

With the release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.3a comes many exciting new features and functionality for modeling acoustics phenomena. In an upcoming webinar on January 11, my colleague Mads Herring Jensen, technical product manager for acoustics, will discuss the latest modeling capabilities of the software.

These capabilities include:

– The new boundary element method (BEM) interface and functionality for modeling acoustics
– The simple setup of hybrid BEM-FEM models with built-in multiphysics couplings, such as couplings to structures and FEM acoustic domains
– New impulse response postprocessing for ray tracing
– A new transient pressure acoustics interface based on the dG-FEM method
– Improved stabilization and absorbing layers for the Linearized Euler interface
– Plane wave decomposition for modeling scattering off 2D axisymmetric bodies

We are excited about these new features and look forward to discussing the advancements with you.

To register, visit:

Two-Minute Thesis Competition

Friday, December 1 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

Hello Everyone!

We would like to welcome you to our first ever elevator pitch research competition!

The Austin Student Chapter will be hosting a small competition to see who can best describe their research project in 2-minutes or less. Participants will give a 2-minute explanation of their dissertation or thesis research project in such a way that could be understood by someone who wasn’t in a graduate acoustics program. The blackboard is available, if necessary. Attendees will be the judges and the winner of the competition will walk away with one of the new ASA Austin t-shirts!

Hope to see you there!


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!