Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee

Chair

Oleg Godin, Ph.D. 

Code PH/Go Spanagel Hall, Room 122

(831) 656-2982, DSN 756-2982

oagodin@nps.edu

 

Roberto Cristi*, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1985); Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1983.

Bruce C. Denardo*, Associate Professor, Department of Physics (1998); Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1990.

Monique P. Fargues*, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1989); Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1988.

Oleg A. Godin*, Professor, Department of Physics (2016); Ph.D., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1984.

Kevin B. Smith*, Professor, Department of Physics (1995); Ph.D., University of Miami, 1991.

(* indicates faculty member has a joint appointment to another department at NPS)

 

Brief Overview

The academic character of the programs in Engineering Acoustics is interdisciplinary, with courses and laboratory work drawn principally from the fields of physics and electrical engineering. Although broadly based, the emphasis of the programs is on those aspects of acoustics and signal processing applied to undersea warfare. Subjects covered include the generation, propagation and reception of sound in the ocean; military applications of underwater sound; and acoustic signal processing. These programs are designed specifically for students in the Applied Physics of Combat Systems, Undersea Warfare, and Underwater Acoustic Systems curricula, government employees in acoustics-related laboratories and systems commands, and international students.

 

Degrees

Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics

A candidate for the Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics degree must satisfactorily complete a program of study approved by the Chair, Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee, that includes:

  1. a minimum of 32 graduate credit quarter-hours of course work of which at least 20 must be taken in acoustics and its applications.
  2. at least three 4000 level courses from any three of the following six areas: wave propagation; transducer theory and design; noise, shock, and vibration control; sonar systems; signal processing; and communications. These courses must include at least one from each of the sponsoring disciplines (physics and electrical engineering).
  3. Completion of an acceptable thesis on a topic approved by the Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee.

Approval of each program by the Chair of the Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee must be obtained prior to reaching the mid-point of the degree program.

Master of Engineering Acoustics

A candidate for the Master of Engineering Acoustics degree must satisfactorily complete a program of study approved by the Chair, Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee, that includes:

  1. a minimum of 32 graduate credit quarter-hours of course work of which at least 20 must be taken in acoustics and its applications.
  2. at least three 4000 level courses from any three of the following six areas: wave propagation; transducer theory and design; noise, shock, and vibration control; sonar systems; signal processing; and communications. These courses must include at least one from each of the sponsoring disciplines (physics and electrical engineering).
  3. an acceptable one-quarter capstone project advised by a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering or Physics Departments.

Approval of each program by the Chair of the Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee must be obtained prior to reaching the mid-point of the degree program.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Physics jointly sponsor an interdisciplinary program in Engineering Acoustics leading to the Doctor of Philosophy. Areas of special strength in the departments are physical acoustics, underwater acoustics, acoustic signal processing, and acoustic communications. A noteworthy feature of this program is that a portion of the student's research may be conducted away from the Naval Postgraduate School at a cooperating laboratory or other federal government installation. The degree requirements and examinations are as outlined under the general school requirements for the doctorate degree. In addition to the school requirements, the departments require a preliminary examination to show evidence of acceptability as a doctoral student.