Allan Pierce

Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(617) 353-4841

Research Interests:

  • Ocean energy technologies
  • Ocean wave energy conversion

Courses Taught:

ENG ME305 Mechanics of Materials
ENG ME515 Vibrations of Complex Systems

Brief Biography:

Allan Pierce is Professor of Mechanical Energy in Boston University’s College of Engineering.  He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Acoustical Society of America and Adjunct Scientist for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Professor Pierce is known for a large variety of fundamental research on the mechanics of waves, acoustics, and structural vibrations.  Past work includes atmospheric acoustics, nuclear test detection, sonic booms, interaction of sound with structures, waves on fluid immersed shells, diffraction and scattering of sound, the mechanics of marine sediments, and noise control.

His landmark book, Acoustics: An Introduction to its Physical Principles and Applications, is widely considered the definitive acoustics textbook. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Acoustical Society of America, and past co-editor of the Academic Press series on Physical Acoustics and of the Journal of Computational Acoustics. Dr. Pierce has received the Silver Medal in Physical Acoustics, the Rossing Medal for Acoustics Education, the Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Per Bruel Gold Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Gold Medal of AFECT (Acoustical Foundation of India), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior U.S. Scientist Award.

Before coming to Boston University to take the position as Department Chair (1993-1999), Dr. Pierce held the Leonhard Chair in Engineering at Penn State, and prior to that he was Regents Professor at Georgia Tech.