Barbone Receives Lindsay Award for Novel Acoustical Research Acoustical Society Recognizes Boston University Professor’s Work In Acoustical Scattering

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(Boston, Mass.) – Paul E. Barbone, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Boston University’s College of Engineering, was recently awarded the 1999 R. Bruce Lindsay Award of the Acoustical Society of America. The award recognizes Barbone’s work in developing novel theoretical and computational approaches to understanding how sound propagates through complicated media, like water, and scatters off large targets.

His scattering method, a hybrid approach combining analytical and numerical computational methods, can be used to predict how well a particular design – for a submarine, for example – will work in terms of its visibility to sonar. The technique could also be extended and applied to predicting noise from airplanes, to assess the effectiveness of a design for highway barriers in reducing sound, and for nondestructive evaluation of flaws in materials – such as the welds on a bridge.

Barbone joined the faculty of the Boston University College of Engineering in January 1994. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. He earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and conducted postdoctoral research at Cambridge University, where he worked next door to astrophysicist and science celebrity Stephen Hawking.

The R. Bruce Lindsay Award is presented each spring to a member of the Acoustical Society of America who has contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical and/or applied acoustics.

In honor of the award, Barbone will present a lecture, “Multiple length and time scales in acoustics,” on Thursday, June 10, at 5 p.m. at the Boston University Photonics Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Barbone is married to Debora Compton, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Boston University. They live in Newton, Mass.