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

Graduate Students

Name Degree Type Research Topic Advisor Email
Mylan Cook M.S. Physics Phase Unwrapping for Intensity Gee mylan.cook***gmail.com
Caleb Goates M.S. Physics Modeling and Design of Acoustic Resonators Sommerfeldt calebgoates***gmail.com
Travis Hoyt M.S. Physics Generalized Energy Density Sommerfeldt travis.hoyt***byu.edu
Francisco Irarrazabal M.S. Physics   Gee firarrazabal***gmail.com
Adam Kingsley Ph.D. Physics Super Resolution with Time Reversal Anderson adamkingsley***gmail.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
Reese Rasband M.S. Physics Sound Intensity and Gun Shot Noise Gee r.rasband18***gmail.com
Michael Rose M.S. Physics Acoustics of Aircraft Toilets Sommerfeldt/Gee rosemission***surewest.net
David Van Komen M.S. Physics Machine Learning in Underwater Acoustics Neilsen david.vankomen***gmail.com
Aaron Vaughn M.S. Physics Similarity Spectra and Broadband Shock Noise Gee aaron.burton.vaughn***gmail.com
Nathaniel Wells M.S. Physics Auralizations of Machine Noise Sommerfeldt natewells***gmail.com

Undergraduate Students

Name Research Area Advisor Email
Sam Bellows Musical instrument directivity Leishman bamsellows***yahoo.com
Brooks Butler Machine learning for community noise Gee brooks.butler93***gmail.com
Suzanna Gilbert PAGE intensity processing Neilsen ksco26***gmail.com
Josh Gregg resonant ultrasound with electromagnetic excitation Anderson joshygregg1***gmail.com
Stephanie Herron Machine learning in underwater acoustics Neilsen herronstephanie3***gmail.com
Dagan Pielstick Industrial flow noise Gee dagan.pielstick***gmail.com
Paul Russavage Perception of jet noise Neilsen pau616***gmail.com
Sarah Shaw Perception of jet noise Neilsen sarshaws***gmail.com
Paige Simpson Time reversal in chaotic cavities Anderson singingisme18***gmail.com
Jacob Ward Jet noise Gee jacob.ward***live.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
Tyler Hopkin B.S. Physics 2018 Gee Acoustical Consulting at the MTC  
Joseph Lawrence M.S. Physics 2018 Gee Acoustic Intensity  
Brent Reichman Ph.D. Physics 2018 Gee Shock Formation and Quantification Raytheon
Sarah Young M.S. Physics 2018 Anderson Time Reversal to Detect Stress Corrosion Cracking Caterpillar, Inc.
Michael Denison M.S. Physics 2018 Anderson Numerical Modeling of Time Reversal for Room Acoustics Sandia National Laboratories
Trent Furlong B.S. Physics 2018 Anderson Time Reversal for Active Noise Control Penn State (M.S.)
Stephen Hogg B.S. Physics 2018 Anderson Nonlinear Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy for Cracks Raytheon
Jenny Whiting M.S. Physics 2018 Leishman Response to Self Generated Speech  
Kelli Succo M.S. Physics 2017 Sommerfeldt Narrowband Acoustic Intensity  
Blaine Harker Ph.D. Physics 2017 Gee Phased Arrays for Jet Noise Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Pegah Aslani Ph.D. Physics 2017 Sommerfeldt Active Control of Cylindrical Shells Univ. of Toronto
Matthew Willardson B.S. Physics 2017 Anderson High Amplitude Focusing of Sound with Time Reversal Univ. of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.)
Adam Erickson B.S. Physics 2017 Neilsen Reverberation Time Measurements Kirton McConkie
Kieren Smith B.S. Music 2017 Neilsen Musician Sound Exposure in Practice Rooms Univ. of Nebraska (Ph.D.)
Claire Pincock B.S. Physics 2017 Leishman High Resolution 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 Cirrus Logic
Zachary Jensen M.S. Physics 2016 Leishman Sound Power in Reverberation Rooms Starkey Hearing Technologies
Darren Torrie B.S. Physics 2016 Gee Sound Intensity of Broadband Sources Google
Michael Rollins B.S. Physics 2016 Leishman Room Acoustic Influence on Vocal Fatigue Univ. of Cincinatti (Ph.D.)
Christopher Heaton B.S. Physics 2016 Anderson Time Reversal for Vibraional Focusing Edge Pest Control Seattle LLC
Joseph Thaden B.S. Physics 2015 Gee Meteorological Trends in Jet Noise Analysis Air Force
Michael Pearson B.S. Physics 2015 Gee Atmospheric Conditions and Rocket Speed SaltStack
Kimball Gunther B.S. Physics 2015 Gee Evanescence and Directivity of a Cymbal Gunthers Comfort Air
Nathan Eyring B.S. Physics 2015 Leishman Subjective Evaluations of Acoustic Sources BYU (MBA)
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 Univ. of Texas (Ph.D.)
Jackson Farnsworth B.S. Physics 2015 Neilsen Sub-Harmonics in Cymbals IM Flash
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 Penn State (Ph.D.)
Daniel Marquez M.S. Physics 2014 Sommerfeldt Acoustic Power Using Energy Density Logitech Ultimate Ears
Benjamin Christensen M.S. Physics 2014 Gee Acoustic Intensity of Rocket Noise Lockheed Martin
Hsinping Pope B.S. Physics 2014 Neilsen Aircraft Spectra and Turbulent Mixing Noise  
Jazmin Myres B.S. Physics 2014 Gee/Neilsen Coherent Pressure Measurements NAVAIR
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 Sawtooth Software
Jeshua Mortensen B.S. Physics 2014 Leishman Directivities of Platonic-solid Loudspeakers BYU (Grad School)
Joseph Morris B.S. Physics 2014 Leishman Room Modeling of a Planetarium BNA Consulting
Nicholas Eyring M.S. Physics 2013 Spencer Automated Directivity System Northrop Grumman
Jesse Daily Ph.D. Mech. Eng. 2013 Thomson Vocal Fold Fluid-Structure Interactions ECS Federal Inc.
Jarom Giraud M.S. Physics 2013 Gee Rocket Noise with Acoustic Arrays Johnson Controls
Michael Muhlestein M.S. Physics 2013 Gee High Amplitude Noise Propagation ERDC-CRREL
William Johnson M.S. Mech. Eng. 2013 Blotter Active Structural Acoustic Control Georgia Tech (Ph.D.)
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 Emerson
David Hart B.S. Physics 2013 Neilsen Bayesian Optimization of Jet Noise Model BYU (M.S. in C.S.)
Brace White B.S. Physics 2013 Neilsen Sound Properties of Tubes and Bells Florida Inst. of Tech. (M.S.)
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 DevMountain Student Developers
James Esplin M.S. Physics 2012 Sommerfeldt ANC of Laptop Cooling Fans Labcyte Inc.
Garrett Porter B.S. Physics 2012 Gee BYU Microphone Database Development Hoover & Keith Consulting
Trevor Jerome B.S. Physics 2012 Gee Hearing Risk of Referee Whistles Penn State  (Ph.D.)
Marc Jenkins B.S. Physics 2012 Gee Educational Acoustics Research Study Carbonite Server Backup
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 LDS Church
Matthew Shaw M.S. Physics 2011 Anderson Ultrasonic Sound Transmission Ford Motor Company
Curtis Wiederhold M.S. Mech. Eng. 2011 Blotter 3D Acoustic Intensity Probes Univ. of Texas (Ph.D.)
David Krueger M.S. Physics 2011 Gee Jet Noise NAH and Method Comparison Amazon Lab126
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 Amazon Lab126
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 Hearing Technologies
Jeffery Fisher M.S. Mech. Eng. 2010 Blotter Structural and Acoustic Coupling Baker Hughes
Zachary Collins M.S. Mech. Eng. 2010 Blotter Interior Fourier NAH Using Energy Density Hyperloop One
Daniel Tengelsen M.S. Physics 2010 Anderson/Leishman Compression Drivers and Horns Bose Corporation
Xi Chen Ph.D. Physics 2010 Leishman Sound Field Equalization Using ED Amazon
Devin Young B.S. Physics 2009 Gee Microphone Characterization  
Jayrin Farley B.S. Physics 2009 Anderson Ultrasonic Sound Transmission BYU Capstone Coach
Brian Thornock M.S. Physics 2009 Leishman Directional Reflection Measurements Cirrus Logic
Panu Puikkonen M.S. Physics 2009 Leishman Sound Equalization Imagine Learning
Michael Gardner M.S. Physics 2009 Gee NAH for Aeroacoustics Ford Motor Company
David Ripplinger B.S. Physics 2009 Anderson Large Amplitude String Vibration HireVue
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 Campbell Scientific, Inc.
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 UT Austin Applied Research Labs
Derek Thomas M.S. Physics 2008 Gee Energy Density in Nonlinear Fields Coreform
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 Hearing Technologies
Seth Tomlinson B.S. Physics 2007 Gee Cochlear Analogue Demonstration Greenbusch Consulting
JohnPaul Abbott B.S. Physics 2007 Leishman Room Data Analysis Systems NCPA, Univ. of Mississippi
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 Inc.
Ben Shafer M.S. Physics 2007 Sommerfeldt ANC and Multiple Noise Sources PABCO Building Products, LLC
Hales Swift B.S. Physics 2007 Gee Perception of nonlinear noise BYU, Postdoc
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 Univ. of Oregon (Ph.D.)
Andrew Boone M.S. Physics 2006 Sommerfeldt Active Noise Control of Power Generator NASA
Matt Green M.S. Physics 2006 Sommerfeldt Broadband ANC using Feedback Logitech Ultimate Ears
David Nutter M.S. Physics 2006 Leishman Energy-based Reverb Chamber Measurements Drumbeat Ninja LLC
Brian Monson M.S. Physics 2006 Sommerfeldt ANC of Axial Cooling Fan Univ. of Illinois
Gordon Dix M.S. Physics 2006 Leishman Directional Loudspeakers Apple, Inc.
Sarah Rollins M.S. Physics 2005 Leishman Analysis of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Spectrum Engineers
Sentagi Utami M.S. Physics 2005 Leishman Physical/Numerical Mosque Modeling Univ. of Gadjahmada
Steve Davis B.S. Physics 2005 Leishman Directivity of Musical Instruments CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Jeff Hill M.S. Mech. Eng. 2005 Blotter Windscreen Analysis Sandia National Laboratories
Mike Harris M.S. Mech. Eng. 2005 Blotter NAH using Energy Density Koch Industries
James Chatterley M.S. Mech. Eng. 2005 Blotter Sound Quality of Sewing Machines Penn State ARL
Mike Dickerson B.S. Physics 2005 Leishman Electric Monochord MD Acoustics
Heather Smith M.S. Physics 2004 Leishman Numerical Analysis of LDS Conf. Center thecookstreat.com
Lance Locey M.S. Physics 2004 Sommerfeldt ED Probe Development Rincon Research Corporation
Ben Faber M.S. Physics 2004 Sommerfeldt ANC of Tractor Cab Faber Acoustical LLC
Brian Anderson M.S. Physics 2003 Leishman Loudspeaker Parameter Measurements BYU Professor
Laralee Ireland Ph.D. Physics 2002 Sommerfeldt Simulations of ANC in Turbofan Engines BYU Instructor
Kent Gee M.S. Physics 2002 Sommerfeldt ANC of Axial Cooling Fans BYU Professor
Dan Ludwigsen Ph.D. Physics 2002 Strong Modeling of Trombone Player's Lips 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 Olaf Acoustics
Eric Hunter M.S. Physics 1997 Strong Speech Analysis for Lip-reading Aids Michigan State University
Rong Wang M.S. Physics 1996 Strong Speech Analysis for Emotion  
David Copley M.S. Physics 1995 Strong Trombone Acoustics Caterpillar, Inc.