Faculty & Students


Name Research Specialty Department
Brian E. Anderson Time reversal acoustics for focusing of sound and vibration Physics and Astronomy
Jonathan D. Blotter Vibrations and optical-based measurements Mechanical Engineering
Kent L. Gee Nonlinear acoustics, physical acoustics, aeroacoustics and active noise control Physics and Astronomy
Timothy W. Leishman Excitation, measurement, modeling, and control of sound fields Physics and Astronomy
Tracianne B. Neilsen Jet noise, nonlinear acoustics, and acoustical oceanography Physics and Astronomy
Scott D. Sommerfeldt Active noise control and energy-based acoustics Physics and Astronomy
Scott Thomson Biomechanics of the human voice and fluid dynamics Mechanical Engineering

Postdoctoral Associates

Name Research Specialty Department
Hales Swift Aeroacoustic and sound quality analysis of jet noise Physics and Astronomy


Graduate Students

Name Degree Type Research Topic Advisor Email
Mylan Cook M.S. Physics Phase Unwrapping for Intensity Gee mylan.cook***gmail.com
Michael Denison M.S. Physics Time Reversal in Room Acoustics Anderson michael.denison23***gmail.com
Caleb Goates M.S. Physics Modeling and Design of Acoustic Resonators Sommerfeldt calebgoates***gmail.com
Blaine Harker Ph.D. Physics Beamforming Applied to Jet Noise Gee blaineharker***byudotn
Travis Hoyt M.S. Physics Generalized Energy Density Sommerfeldt travis.hoyt***byu.edu
Joseph Lawrence M.S. Physics Acoustic Intensity Gee joseph-lawrence***hotmail.com
Kevin Leete Ph.D. Physics Acoustic Holography Gee kevinmatthewleete***gmail.com
Brian Patchett M.S. Physics Time Reversal for High Amplitude Focusing Anderson brian.d.patchett***gmail.com
Michael Rose M.S. Physics Acoustics of Aircraft Toilets Sommerfeldt/Gee rosemission***surewest.net
Brent Reichman Ph.D. Physics Shock Formation and Quantification Gee brent.reichman***gmail.com
Kelli Succo M.S. Physics Narrowband Acoustic Intensity Sommerfeldt kelli.fredrickson7***gmail.com
Nathaniel Wells M.S. Physics   Sommerfeldt natewells***gmail.com
Jenny Whiting M.S. Physics Real Time Auralizations Leishman crystallizer63***gmail.com
Sarah Young M.S. Physics Nondestructive Evaluation of Cracks Anderson sarahmyoung24***gmail.com

Undergraduate Students

Name Research Area Advisor Email
Trent Furlong Time Reversal and Active Noise Control Anderson trentfurlong***gmail.com
Josh Gregg Resonant Ultrasound with Electromagnetic Excitation Anderson joshygregg1***gmail.com
Stephen Hogg Nonlinear Resonant Ultrasound for Cracks Anderson jr.hoggcube***gmail.com
Reese Rasband Sound intensity and gun shot noise Gee r.rasband18***gmail.com
Sarah Shaw Perception of jet noise Neilsen sarshaws***gmail.com
Aaron Vaughn Similarity spectra and broadband shock noise Neilsen/Gee aaron.burton.vaughn***gmail.com
David Van Komen Beamforming applied to jet noise Neilsen david.vankomen***gmail.com
Jacob Ward Jet noise Gee jacob.ward***live.com
Dagan Pielstick Industrial flow noise Gee dagan.pielstick***gmail.com


Emeritus Faculty/Staff

Name Research Specialty Tenure at BYU Department
William Strong Speech and Musical Acoustics 1967-2001, still active Physics and Astronomy
Paul Palmer Musical Acoustics (Cold Fusion as well) 1966-1991 Physics and Astronomy
Irvin Bassett Musical Acoustics & Lab Coordinator 1963-1985 Physics and Astronomy
Norman Geertsen Musical Acoustics 1960?-1975? Physics and Astronomy
Dwight Dixon Musical Acoustics (Nuclear Physics as well) 1959-1984 Physics and Astronomy
Duane Dudley Musical Acoustics (Solid State as well) 1956-1994 Physics and Astronomy
Carl Eyring Architectural Acoustics 1924-1951 Physics and Astronomy
Harvey Fletcher Musical Acoustics 1911-1916, 1952-1973 Physics and Astronomy

Alumni (Since 1995)

Name Degree Advisor Research Topic
(Includes Links to Electronic Theses)
Current Location
Pegah Aslani Ph.D. Physics 2017 Sommerfeldt Active Control of Cylindrical Shells  
Matthew Willardson B.S. Physics 2017 Anderson High Amplitude Focusing of Sound with Time Reversal Boston Univ.
Adam Erickson B.S. Physics 2017 Neilsen Reverberation Time Measurements  
Kieren Smith B.S. Music 2017 Neilsen Musician Sound Exposure in Practice Rooms Univ. of Nebraska
Claire Pincock B.S. Physics 2017 Leishman Speech Directivity MD Acoustics
Kyle Miller M.S. Physics 2016 Gee Nonlinearity Analysis of Jet Noise UCLA (Ph.D.)
Eric Whiting M.S. Physics 2016 Gee Sound Intensity Penn State (Ph.D.)
Matt Calton M.S. Physics 2016 Sommerfeldt Modeling and Design of Acoustic Resonators Blue Ridge Res. & Consult.
Joshua Bodon M.S. Physics 2016 Leishman Musical Instrument Directivity  
Zachary Jensen M.S. Physics 2016 Leishman Sound Power in Reverberation Rooms  
Darren Torrie B.S. Physics 2016 Gee Sound Intensity of Broadband Sources  
Michael Rollins B.S. Physics 2016 Leishman Room Acoustic Influence on Vocal Fatigue  
Christopher Heaton B.S. Physics 2016 Anderson Time Reversal for Vibraional Focusing  
Joseph Thaden B.S. Physics 2015 Gee Meteorological Trends in Jet Noise Analysis  
Michael Pearson B.S. Physics 2015 Gee Atmospheric Conditions and Rocket Speed  
Kimball Gunther B.S. Physics 2015 Gee Evanescence and Directivity of a Cymbal  
Nathan Eyring B.S. Physics 2015 Leishman Subjective Evaluations of Acoustic Sources  
Camerson Vongsawad B.S. Physics 2015 Neilsen Physics Education through STEM Outreach High School Physics Teacher
Samuel Hord B.S. Physics 2015 Neilsen Ground Impedance in Rocket Noise  
Jackson Farnsworth B.S. Physics 2015 Neilsen Sub-Harmonics in Cymbals  
Mark Berardi B.S. Physics 2015 Leishman Vocal Effort in Varying Environments Michigan State (Ph.D.)
Trevor Stout M.S. Physics 2015 Gee Holography of Jet Noise  
Daniel Marquez M.S. Physics 2014 Sommerfeldt Acoustic Power Using Energy Density  
Benjamin Christensen M.S. Physics 2014 Gee Acoustic Intensity of Rocket Noise  
Hsinping Pope B.S. Physics 2014 Neilsen Aircraft Spectra and Turbulent Mixing Noise  
Jazmin Myres B.S. Physics 2014 Gee/Neilsen Coherent Pressure Measurements  
Rachael Bakaitis B.S. Physics 2014 Gee/Thomas Nonlinear Waves from Open Pipe  
Zachary Anderson B.S. Physics 2014 Neilsen/Gee Correlation Analysis of Jet Noise  
Jeshua Mortensen B.S. Physics 2014 Leishman Directivities of Platonic-solid Loudspeakers  
Joseph Morris B.S. Physics 2014 Leishman Room Modeling of a Planetarium  
Nicholas Eyring M.S. Physics 2013 Spencer Automated Directivity System ...
Jesse Daily Ph.D. Mech. Eng. 2013 Thomson Vocal Fold Fluid-Structure Interactions  
Jarom Giraud M.S. Physics 2013 Gee Rocket Noise with Acoustic Arrays  
Michael Muhlestein M.S. Physics 2013 Gee High Amplitude Noise Propagation Univ. of Texas (Ph.D.)
William Johnson M.S. Mech. Eng. 2013 Blotter Active Structural Acoustic Control  
Alan Wall Ph.D. Physics 2013 Gee Jet Noise & Extended Source Reconstruction Air Force Research Lab.
Ian Coltrin M.S. Mech. Eng. 2013 Blotter Sound Field of Miniture Jets  
David Hart B.S. Physics 2013 Neilsen Bayesian Optimization of Jet Noise Model  
Brace White B.S. Physics 2013 Neilsen Sound Properties of Tubes and Bells  
Shanell Reynolds B.S. Physics 2013 Neilsen/Gee Noise Exposure Near a Military Jet Engine  
Stuart Harper B.S. Physics 2012 Gee Nonlinear Rocket Noise  
James Esplin M.S. Physics 2012 Sommerfeldt ANC of Laptop Cooling Fans Penn State (Ph.D.)
Jarom Giraud M.S. Physics 2012 Gee Rocket Noise with Energy Measurements  
Garrett Porter B.S. Physics 2012 Gee BYU Microphone Database Development  
Trevor Jerome B.S. Physics 2012 Gee Hearing Risk of Referee Whistles  
Marc Jenkins B.S. Physics 2012 Gee Educational Acoustics Research Study  
John Boyle B.S. Physics 2012 Sommerfeldt Laptop Fan Active Noise Control OASIS, Inc.
Cole Duke M.S. Physics 2012 Sommerfeldt ANC of Axial Cooling Fans Sound Design International
Matthew Shaw M.S. Physics 2011 Anderson Ultrasonic Sound Transmission Ford
Curtis Wiederhold M.S. Mech. Eng. 2011 Blotter 3D Acoustic Intensity Probes Apple
David Krueger M.S. Physics 2011 Gee Jet Noise NAH and Method Comparison Motorola
R Taylor B.S. Physics 2011 Gee Microphone System Response in Loud Environments  
Julia Vernon B.S. Physics 2011 Gee Acoustics of Exploding Balloons Penn State (Ph.D.)
Samuel Anderson B.S. Mech. Eng. 2011 Sommerfeldt Reverb Chamber Measurements  
Jessica Morgan B.S. Physics 2011 Gee Jet Noise Imaging with Ground Reflections Penn State (Ph.D.)
Trevor Jenny B.S. Physics 2011 Anderson Ultrasonic Anechoic Chamber Qualification Dynabuckle
Ryan Rust M.S. Mech. Eng. 2010 Blotter ANC of Two-Fan Exhaust-Mounted Array  
Daniel Manwill M.S. Mech. Eng. 2010 Blotter Laser Registration and Structural Control Novatek
Buye Xu Ph.D. Physics 2010 Sommerfeldt Theoretical Developments of Energy Density Starkey Laboratories
Jeffery Fisher M.S. Mech. Eng. 2010 Blotter Structural and Acoustic Coupling W.L. Gore & Assoc.
Zachary Collins M.S. Mech. Eng. 2010 Blotter Interior Fourier NAH Using Energy Density National Instruments
Daniel Tengelsen M.S. Physics 2010 Anderson/Leishman Compression Drivers and Horns Bose
Xi Chen Ph.D. Physics 2010 Leishman Sound Field Equalization Using ED  
Devin Young B.S. Physics 2009 Gee Microphone Characterization  
Jayrin Farley B.S. Physics 2009 Anderson Ultrasonic Sound Transmission  
Brian Thornock M.S. Physics 2009 Leishman Directional Reflection Measurements Syracuse Research Corp.
Panu Puikkonen M.S. Physics 2009 Leishman Sound Equalization Savery & Assoc.
Michael Gardner M.S. Physics 2009 Gee NAH for Aeroacoustics Penn State (Ph.D.)
David Ripplinger B.S. Physics 2009 Anderson Large Amplitude String Vibration BYU Comp. Sci. (M.S.)
Mike Mendoza B.S. Physics 2008 Leishman Anechoic Chamber Characterization Honeywell
Trent Mouton B.S. Physics 2008 Gee 3-D Scanning for Anechoic Chamber Duke University
Isaac Fjelsted B.S. Physics 2008 Sommerfeldt Diffraction Through Apertures EnergySolutions
Jameson Drechsel M.S. Mech. Eng. 2008 Thomson Synthetic Vocal Fold Model Cummins, Inc.
Jason Sagers M.S. Mech. Eng. 2008 Blotter Active Transmission Loss of Panels Univ. of Texas (Ph.D.)
Derek Thomas M.S. Physics 2008 Gee Energy Density in Nonlinear Fields ARL, Univ. of Texas
Stephan Lovstedt M.S. Physics 2008 Sommerfeldt Interior Helicopter Noise ANC Northrop Grumman
Ryan Chester M.S. Physics 2008 Leishman Energy Density Measurement Tech. Starkey Laboratories
Seth Tomlinson B.S. Physics 2007 Gee Cochlear Analogue Demonstration Greenbusch Consulting
JohnPaul Abbott B.S. Physics 2007 Leishman Room Data Analysis Systems Univ. Mississippi (M.S.)
Jonathan Oldham M.S. Mech. Eng. 2007 Blotter Multiple Microphone Probe Calibrator Orbital Sciences Corp.
Connor Duke M.S. Physics 2007 Sommerfeldt Active Control of Axial Cooling Fans Apple
Ben Shafer M.S. Physics 2007 Sommerfeldt ANC and Multiple Noise Sources Quiet Solutions
Hales Swift B.S. Physics 2007 Gee Perception of nonlinear noise Purdue Univ. (M.S.)
Jared Thomas M.S. 2007   Interior Helicopter Noise ANC National Instruments
Micah Shepherd M.S. Physics 2007 Gee NAH in Nonlinear Fields Penn State ARL
Brandon Skinner B.S. Physics 2006 Leishman Two Dimensional Guitar Pick Up Harman Music Group
Andrew Boone M.S. Physics 2006 Sommerfeldt Active Noise Control of Power Generator Sparling, Inc.
Matt Green M.S. Physics 2006 Sommerfeldt Broadband ANC using Feedback Starkey Laboratories
David Nutter M.S. Physics 2006 Leishman Energy-based Reverb Chamber Measurements Sci. App. and Res. Assoc.
Brian Monson M.S. Physics 2006 Sommerfeldt ANC of Axial Cooling Fan Univ. Arizona (Ph.D.)
Gordon Dix M.S. Physics 2006 Leishman Directional Loudspeakers Apple
Sarah Rollins M.S. Physics 2005 Leishman Analysis of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Sparling, Inc.
Sentagi Utami M.S. Physics 2005 Leishman Physical/Numerical Mosque Modeling Univ. of Michigan (Ph.D.)
Steve Davis B.S. Physics 2005 Leishman Directivity of Musical Instruments Coll. of William & Mary MBA
Jeff Hill M.S. Mech. Eng. 2005 Blotter Windscreen Analysis Penn State M.E. (Ph.D.)
Mike Harris M.S. Mech. Eng. 2005 Blotter NAH using Energy Density Columbia Business School
James Chatterley M.S. Mech. Eng. 2005 Blotter Sound Quality of Sewing Machines Orbital Sciences Corp.
Mike Dickerson B.S. Physics 2005 Leishman Electric Monochord MD Acoustics
Heather Smith M.S. Physics 2004 Leishman Numerical Analysis of LDS Conf. Center Homemaker
Lance Locey M.S. Physics 2004 Sommerfeldt ED Probe Development Raytheon
Ben Faber M.S. Physics 2004 Sommerfeldt ANC of Tractor Cab Faber Acoustical
Brian Anderson M.S. Physics 2003 Leishman Loudspeaker Parameter Measurements Associate Professor, BYU
Laralee Ireland Ph.D. Physics 2002 Sommerfeldt Simulations of ANC in Turbofan Engines Part-Time Instructor, BYU
Kent Gee M.S. Physics 2002 Sommerfeldt ANC of Axial Cooling Fans Professor, BYU
Dan Ludwigsen Ph.D. Physics 2002 Strong Modeling of Trombone Player's Lips Professor, Kettering Univ.
Vivian Dias M.S. Physics 2000 Sommerfeldt Virtual Sensors in ANC E.A.R.
Guillermo Herrera M.S. Physics 2000 Sommerfeldt Modeling of Cellphone Loudspeakers Caterpillar, Inc.
Michael Thompson M.S. Physics 2000 Strong Nonlinear Wave Prop. in Trombone Johns Hopkins APL
Dong Lin  Ph.D. Physics 1999 Sommerfeldt Distributed PVDF Structural Sensors Dolby
Tim Samuels M.S. Physics 1998 Sommerfeldt Loudness-based ANC  
Eric Hunter M.S. Physics 1997 Strong Speech Analysis for Lip-reading Aids Center for Voice & Speech
Rong Wang M.S. Physics 1996 Strong Speech Analysis for Emotion  
David Copley M.S. Physics 1995 Strong Trombone Acoustics Caterpillar, Inc.