Dr. Preston Wilson
Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Acoustics and Dynamic Systems & Control programs of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Texas, holds the Flour Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Engineering and is jointly appointed as an Associate Research Professor at UT’s Applied Research Laboratories. Wilson obtained the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University in 2001, and the MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1994 and 1990, respectively. He joined UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering faculty in 2003 after serving as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Boston University, where he studied sound propagation and scattering in bubbly liquids, and the acoustics of water-saturated marine sediments. Previous experience also includes 3 years as a research engineer at Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas, 1994-1997, where he studied the acoustics of marine mammal sonar, developed a seismoacoustic mine detection sonar, seismoacoustic vehicle detection sensors and the Combustive Sound Source (a safe and inexpensive alternative to explosive sound sources for use in ocean surveys and seismic prospecting). Dr. Wilson’s current research interests are ocean acoustics, physical acoustics and engineering acoustics, with concentrations on sound propagation and scattering in the ocean and in multiphase media, animal bioacoustics, novel acoustic materials and transduction. Wilson also works in the area of underwater anthropogenic noise abatement using large encapsulated bubbles, and is studying the use of acoustics and sonar technology in the fire-fighting environment. Another area of interest is vibration control, focusing on the use of nonlinear systems such as buckled beams and other negative-stiffness-bearing structures.