Engineering Acoustics

Course Description

The course introduces acoustics principles and uses extensive examples to instill techniques needed to leverage the knowledge for many applications. By such broad introduction, course participants are exposed to a variety of ways by which acoustics principles are encountered in engineering and science. The approach cultivates an expansive skillset for participants to apply the knowledge to new technical problems.

Students must have completed ME3260, or graduate standing, or received approval from Dr. Harne. 


  • Introduce fundamental concepts of acoustical system analysis and design
  • Understand linear wave propagation phenomena, including radiation, absorption, and transmission of sound from and through simple structures/materials and in enclosures/rooms, and understand human perception of these wave propagation behaviors
  • Acquire essential knowledge and skills to participate in fundamental practices of engineering noise control, architectural acoustics, and sound source modeling
  • Explore introductory aspects of diverse acoustics applications to understand underlying physics shared by all and how common strategies of analysis and design help identify acoustic system implementations with best performance and quality

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Upon completion of this course participants will possess practical knowledge of:

  • Wave propagation phenomena
  • Human hearing fundamentals
  • Acoustic wave equation theory and solutions
  • Acoustic source modeling and sound radiation behaviors
  • Acoustic measurement and assessment strategies
  • Engineering noise control approaches
  • Qualitative and quantitative techniques in architectural acoustics, automotive acoustics, psychoacoustics, and community noise evaluation.


Ryan Harne
Ryan L. Harne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University where he directs the Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research. Dr. Harne received the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2012, and after which held a Research Fellow appointment at the University of Michigan. His research expertise falls in the areas of vibration, acoustics, mechanics, and smart materials. Dr. Harne's work has delivered several patents pending, one book, over 50 journal publications, over 50 conference proceedings, and numerous students mentored through their academic programs. Dr. Harne is active in the ASME, ASA, and SPIE, where he serves in elected and appointed roles. Dr. Harne has been honored for significant contributions to the fields, including by the 2018 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2017 Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship, the 2017 ASME Best Paper Award in Structures and Structural Dynamics, the 2016 Haythornthwaite Young Investigator Award from ASME, and the 2011 ASA Royster Award. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics