Andrew Barnard

Andrew Barnard


  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Acoustics, Penn State
  • PhD, Acoustics, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Dr. Andrew Barnard is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University, where he has been a faculty member since 2014, and a professor in the Penn State College of Engineering. He previously was a research associate at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University for eight years. He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2002 and 2004, respectively. He received a PhD in Acoustics from Penn State University in 2010. Dr. Barnard is Board Certified by the Institute for Noise Control Engineering (INCE) and is a Certified LabVIEW developer (CLD). Dr. Barnard has interests in acoustics, noise control, and vibration, as well as water resources and marine technology. Currently, he is interested in commercialization of thermoacoustic thin-film loudspeakers made from carbon nanotubes (CNT). He is also interested in noise control methods for underwater electro-mechanical machines, such as electric motors and actuators. Though-ice acoustic propagation and on-ice source localization and tracking using machine learning are another current area of study for Dr. Barnard. Finally, he is interested in the implementation of the maritime autonomous vehicles in commercial and defense applications.

Areas of Expertise

  • Acoustics
  • Noise Control
  • Vibration
  • Real Time Control Systems
  • LabVIEW programming and instruction

Research Interests

  • Advanced Measurements and Signal Processing
  • Acoustic Intensity and Vector Sensors
  • Room Acoustics
  • Acoustic Material Characterization
  • Outdoor Sound Propagation
  • Physical Acoustics
  • NI LabVIEW Data Acquisition and Control
  • Microphones
  • Crowd Noise
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Structural Acoustics
  • Array Signal Processing