The Vehicle Noise Control Engineering Academy covers a variety of vehicle noise control engineering principles and practices. There are two concurrent, specialty tracks (with some common sessions): Vehicle Interior Noise and Powertrain Noise. Students should choose and register for the appropriate track they wish to attend.
The Vehicle Interior Noise track focuses on understanding the characteristics of noise produced by different propulsion systems, including internal combustion, hybrid and electric powered vehicles and how these noises affect the sound quality of a vehicle’s interior. The Vehicle Interior track presents relevant numerical analysis techniques and sound package (acoustical) materials that can be used to optimize the vehicle interior acoustics characteristics. Considerable attention is given to how acoustical materials work and to current measurement and instrumentation technologies and their effective use.
This Academy includes workshops on sound quality and on numerical methods. In addition, specific instrumentation suppliers have been selected for an instrumentation workshop on one evening. There is also a field trip to one of the OEM's noise and vibration facility in the metro Detroit area. Through these activities, you become acquainted with relevant acoustic test facilities, instrumentation, measurement protocols, and problem solving strategies.
By attending this Academy, you will be able to:
This academy will be especially valuable for engineers who address interior noise in the following types of vehicles: passenger cars and autonomous vehicles, light trucks, heavy trucks, off-highway vehicles, farm machinery, small planes, personal watercraft, and rail transit vehicles.
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
Pranab Saha, Lead Instructor is an entrepreneur, co-founder, and a Principal Consultant of Kolano and Saha Engineers, Inc., an independent professional engineering and consulting company in acoustics, noise, and vibration. A well-known authority on automotive noise, body interior systems, and sound package materials, Dr. Saha has directed and participated nationally and internationally in numerous advanced noise control engineering programs and training seminars for various OEM companies and their suppliers in three different continents. Dr. Saha is an active member of SAE International, ASA, ASME, ESD, INCE-USA, and NSPE/MSPE. He is the past Chair of the SAE Engineering Meetings Board, SAE Noise and Vibration Conference, SAE Acoustical Materials Committee, and the past contributing editor of Sound and Vibration magazine. He has written a document on how to write an SAE technical paper, has helped develop several SAE standards in acoustics, is a Professional Development Instructor, and Lead Faculty Member of the SAE Vehicle Interior Noise Academy. He has presented technical papers and has organized and chaired numerous technical sessions sponsored by SAE and other professional organizations. Dr. Saha has also won several awards presented by SAE International, the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE), and the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). He is an INCE-USA Board Certified Member, a Fellow Member of SAE International and ESD, and has been named an SAE Master Instructor. Dr. Saha holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Acoustics Specialty) from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Gabriella Cerrato is President of Sound Answers Inc., an engineering consulting firm in noise and vibration. Since 1993 Gabriella has been acquiring experience in measuring, troubleshooting and predicting noise and/or vibration in a variety of different systems and products. At the beginning of her career, she was involved with environmental noise impact measurement and prediction (from air and ground vehicular traffic and from infrastructures). She then joined the Active Noise and Vibration Control group at FIAT, where she was responsible for the design of the acoustic systems for active control in the cabin and in the exhaust of passenger vehicles. This led her to a position in the Consulting group of Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC, later acquired by MTS Systems Corp) in Detroit, MI, where she worked on the sound quality of various vehicles and automotive subsystems and where she developed sound quality target procedures. At Sound Answers, she has led the engineering team since 2005 through several consulting projects for industry customers and for DoD customers through SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) projects. Gabriella has authored over 40 papers for conferences and magazines, has chaired sessions at SAE, Inter-Noise and Noise-Con conferences and is a member of several professional organizations (SAE, AIAA, AES, IEEE). Gabriella has a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from the University of Torino, Italy.
Greg Goetchius was previously the NVH Engineering Manager at Lucid Moors and was responsible for the NVH development of the Lucid Air premium electric vehicle. In addition, he had system engineering responsibility for the audio system of the Lucid Air. His prior experience includes: the NVH Team Manager with Tesla Motors where he was responsible for the design, development and post launch NVH performance of the Tesla Model S and the development of the Tesla Model X NVH strategy; the Global Director of Research and Development at Material Sciences Corporation (MSC), where he led a global engineering team in supporting the implementation of MSC’s various acoustical products, including “Quiet Steel”; and working in the NVH department at Chrysler for 15 years, focusing his efforts on advanced NVH methodologies, target setting and NVH CAE. Greg is past General Chair of the SAE International Noise and Vibration Conference and past Chair of the SAE Automotive Chassis Activity (ACA). Greg is a recipient of SAE’s Forest R. McFarland Award. He has a Master’s degree from University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Patricia Manning started her career doing modal analysis at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, where she learned that neither test nor analysis is ever 100% correct. She then went back to MIT to get her PhD in acoustics and began working for Cambridge Collaborative, doing acoustical modeling and testing in many industries including automotive, aerospace, ship-building, heavy machinery, and consumer products. One of her recent jobs was to help NASA design the Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility at Plum Brook. Dr. Manning currently does Statistical Energy Analysis modeling and acoustical testing, with a focus on practical solutions to real world problems.
Alan D. Stuart is an emeritus professor of acoustics at Penn State. Since 1993, he taught fundamentals of acoustics courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as graduate courses on structural acoustics and applied acoustics. He has conducted numerous professional short courses on acoustics and vibrations and noise control engineering. At Penn State, he was the coordinator of the Summer Program in Acoustics and the Distance Education Program in Acoustics and received numerous awards for his contributions to Continuing and Distance Education. He is an active member of SAE, ASA, INCE and ASEE. Dr. Stuart designed, developed and narrated the Pre-Academy web-based lessons.