ASA 126th Meeting Denver 1993 October 4-8

4pED9. Continuing development of the acoustics laboratory at the Cooper Union.

Daniel R. Raichel

Albert Nerken School of Eng., The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sci. and Art, 51 Astor Pl., New York, NY 10003

As a result of the addition of new equipment, the scope of the acoustics laboratory curriculum at the Cooper Union is being widened to include the use of FFT analyzers, reverberation meter, vibrating table, etc. Research projects are required of undergraduate seniors and graduate students must meet thesis requirements. The laboratory also serves as a research center for those interested in physical acoustics, environmental sciences, architectural acoustics, loudspeaker design, design of musical instruments, acoustics for medical diagnoses and treatment, and other acoustics-related topics. Newly established liaisons between the Cooper Union Research Foundation and other institutions (Riverside Research Institute, New York University Medical Center, U.S. Navy) open up additional opportunities for thesis work and provide access to even more equipment outside the laboratory. Even freshmen taking an integrated design course obtain acoustical laboratory experience by working in the anechoic and reverberation chambers in studying sound effects around an abstract sculpture being planned for installation in New Mexico. [Work supported by NSF and the New York State Science and Technology Foundation.]