Daniel A. Russell, Ph.D.
Presentation Title: Making Acoustics and Vibration Concepts Accessible Through the Use of Animations
Dan Russell earned his Ph.D. in acoustics in 1995 from Penn State, preceded by a M.S. in applied physics from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in physics and B.Mus. in piano performance from Bradley University. For 16 years (1995-2011) he was a physics professor at Kettering University in Flint, MI, where he taught introductory and advanced physics to all levels of undergraduate students, along with acoustics and vibration courses to junior/senior engineering and physics majors. He developed an acoustics laboratory currently used for faculty and student research projects as well as for an advanced undergraduate laboratory experience in acoustics and vibration. Since 2011, Russell has been a member of the faculty in the Graduate Program in Acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches graduate-level courses in acoustics and vibration to both resident and distance education graduate students. In addition, he manages the distance education component of the acoustics program, including oversight of the M.Eng. in acoustics online degree program. Russell’s research interests include the visualization of acoustic phenomena using computer generated animations for educational purposes, and experimental research involving the structural vibration of sports equipment (baseball and softball bats, hockey sticks, rackets, etc) and musical instruments. He is active in the acoustics education community, and his website of acoustics and vibration animations (acs.psu.edu/drussell/demos.html) is known around the world.