The University of Hartford has two ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering programs in the area of acoustics: (1) the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) with Acoustics Concentration and (2) the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Acoustical Engineering & Music. The first is part of our BSME degree program that has required courses in Vibration as well as Engineering Acoustics since the 1960's. The Acoustical Engineering & Music degree is a unique program instituted in 1976, where applicants must meet the math and science entrance requirements for engineering students and also must successfully pass the entrance requirements of the Hartt School (U. of Hartford’s music conservatory) — including the audition. Both programs encompass the same engineering vibrations and acoustics courses, as well as the same acoustics projects sequence, beginning in the sophomore year. Alumni of both undergraduate programs have successfully obtained positions in consulting (architectural and environmental), audio product and A/V design, musical instrument design, hearing- and psychoacoustic-related design, noise control, as well as pursued graduate degrees. The use of real world industry-sponsored acoustic projects for engineering design courses throughout the curriculum will be described, as well as the programs’ Service Learning components and High Impact Practices.
Bob Celmer earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an Acoustics Concentration in 1978 from the University of Hartford. He went on to Penn State where he earned his Masters and Doctorate in Acoustics in 1980 and 1982, respectively, while studying psychoacoustics under Dr. Gordon Bienvenue. Bob programmed a mainframe DEC PDP-10 interfaced with an analog computer to simulate critical bandwidth widening in sensorineural hearing loss. In 1982, he rejoined the University of Hartford as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the urging of undergraduate acoustic education pioneer Conrad J. Hemond, Jr. Mr. Hemond mentored Bob, involving him in many of the active acoustic consulting projects that he regularly undertook in the Hartford area. Upon Connie’s retirement, he was named Director of the Acoustics Program and Laboratory in 1985. Along the way, Bob became a registered professional engineer in 1986. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1994, and received the University’s Roy. E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1995. "Dr. Bob" (as he is known around school) has also been voted ‘Professor of the Year’ by students within his college 9 times. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America "for contributions to undergraduate education in acoustics".
Kurt Yankaskas is the Noise Induced Hearing Loss Program Manager for the Office of Naval Research. The research portfolio investigates noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus, methods to protect Sailors and Marines and how to reduce the noise of military equipment. The research products will further the understanding of the mechanisms of noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus, develop micro-acoustic processors for advanced hearing protection, develop the next generation of hearing protection devices with integrated communications/dosimetry and noise control applications for ships and tactical jet engines. He developed a long-term interest in noise-induced hearing loss with his visit to the aircraft carrier, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON in 1996 blending his aviation background to the operational noise issues. He first presented "Landing on the Roof" in 1997 and has provided regular updates to the engineering and medical communities.
Mr. Yankaskas' 38 year career started at NSWC Carderock in the acoustical trails program with over 80 at-sea tests on surface ships and submarines. He joined the NAVSEA Signatures Office in 1989 which includes a tour at SECNAV Safety and Survivability.
The acoustic and seismic signals from pile driving activities were monitored using multiple sensors during the construction of the USA’s first offshore wind farm located 3 nm off Block Island, RI. The 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF) consists of five turbines in water depths of approximately 30 m and is scheduled to be online in 2016. The substructure for these turbines consists of jacket type construction with piles driven to pin the structure to the seabed. Pile driving operations generate intense sound, impulsive in nature at close range, which radiates into the surrounding air, water and sediment. The underwater acoustic measurement platforms consisted numerous hydrophone systems including towed array, fixed mooring, particle velocity sensors, 3 axis geophone and vessel deployed hydrophones. Based on these acoustic measurements and propagation modeling, the acoustic pressure field as a function of range and depth from the pile is estimated. The transition from fast-rise-time impulsive signals at close range to slow-rise-time non-impulsive signals at longer ranges will be addressed. This study will provide the required information to qualify the different zones of potential marine mammal effects (zones of injury, behavioral effects etc.) and to estimate exposure to fishes and other species. This work was supported by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
James H. Miller earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1979 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1981 from Stanford University, and his Doctor of Science in Oceanographic Engineering in 1987 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California from 1987 through 1995. Since 1995 he has been on the faculty of the Department of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island where he holds the rank of Professor. He also holds a joint appointment in the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.
In 2001, Dr. Miller co-founded FarSounder, Inc. of Warwick which manufactures forward-looking, 3D sonars for large yachts, cruise ships, and commercial vessels. He presently serves on the Board of Directors. He was Deputy Chief Scientist of the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation in La Spezia, Italy from 2011-2013. Dr. Miller conducts research in the fields of underwater acoustics, sonar, acoustical oceanography, marine bioacoustics, and, recently, the noise from construction and operation of offshore wind farms and effects on the marine environment. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and served as ASA’s President in 2013-2014.