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Graduate Seminar Series - Dr. Eric Davis

Eric-Davis.jpgEric Davis, Ph.D.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Friday, February 2, 2024, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
In Person JH-109

Title: Exploring Diverse Applications in Acoustics Research at the Applied Acoustics Lab


ABSTRACT: Many things come to mind when thinking about the term “acoustics” and what it means in the context of research. In fact, acoustics is one of the most versatile fields in science and engineering, with a wide span of capabilities and collaborative opportunities. From quality control, particle manipulation, non-destructive evaluation, to more basic fields such as materials science and mechanical property measurements, acoustics touches a large number of applications. In this talk, I will present an overview of the research done at the Applied Acoustics Lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Some of the exciting projects we are involved in include development of a borehole integrity monitoring system, acoustic weld defect detection, “smart” transfer chutes for biomass handling, nuclear materials identification, and many more. A brief description of these projects, as well as some of the fundamental research we are involved in will be presented.

BIO: Dr. Eric S. Davis is a staff scientist and team leader of the Applied Acoustics Team at LANL who specializes in applying the science of sound, acoustics, to difficult problems in defense, nuclear non-proliferation, and industry. As a member of the applied acoustics team at LANL, he provides expertise in experimental acoustics, experimental design, as well as controls and automation. He received a B.S. degree in Physics and Mathematics from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, in 2014. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Houston, Houston, TX, in 2018. Since joining LANL in 2013, he has worked as an undergraduate research assistant, graduate research assistant, postdoctoral research associate, as well as an UC/LANL Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Fellow before his current position. Dr. Davis is the chair of the Northern New Mexico Section of IEEE-UFFC, as well as a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).