Acoustics is an interdisciplinary area of teaching and research. It includes basic acoustical wave theory, ultrasonics, underwater sound, transducers, nonlinear acoustics, noise and noise control, and environmental acoustics. The program remains concentrated in mechanical and electrical engineering, but several other departments, including civil engineering, aerospace engineering & engineering mechanics, petroleum and geosystems engineering, and physics, have faculty and students who participate. Major campus facilities include:

  • Acoustics and Transducers Laboratory
  • Anechoic Chamber
  • Electroacoustics Laboratory
  • Reverberation Room
  • Ultrasonics Laboratory

In addition, Applied Research Laboratories (ARL), while not an academic unit of the University, provides strong support for acoustics education through its many R&D programs in acoustics. The level of funding for research at ARL is approximately $100M per year, about half of which is devoted to acoustics. Their major facilities include large water tanks for transducer calibration and underwater sound experiments, a transducer fabrication facility, and the Lake Travis Test Station for large scale sonar evaluation. Many graduate students and several faculty from the various departments named, carry out their research at ARL.

Find out about the Applied Research Laboratories McKinney Fellowship in Acoustics, which includes a graduate research assistantship for up to three years.

The university also conducts research and offers courses in other areas of acoustics, outside of engineering and physics, notably in hearing, linguistics, speech communication, animal acoustics, and musical acoustics.