This program of advanced study focuses on the optimization of acoustical quality of performance spaces and other aurally sensitive environments. Research in this area improves understanding of how a space is designed to achieve the best acoustics for a given purpose. The program is geared toward students with a bachelor’s degree who have interests in acoustics, music, architecture, and/or engineering. Rensselaer offers numerous state-of-the-art facilities related to study in this area including a Hemi-anechoic testing room with a Binaural listening test station, the School of Architecture Fabrication Center, and Rensselaer’s Libraries and Information Services.
Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:
use basic concepts of acoustics science (such as fundamental engineering acoustics, architectural acoustics and psychoacoustics concepts) to respond to field-specific questions.
demonstrate the ability to write a scientific document in the field of acoustics according to the fields guidelines and conventions.
collect and analyze research, design or consulting project data and discussing the findings systematically.
orally present research, design or consulting work at scientific conferences, project meetings.
carry out research and practical design or consulting project under the guidance of a supervisor.
Concentration in Architectural Acoustics Curriculum