Welcome to the LSVR!

At the Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research (LSVR), our missions are to resolve long-standing problems and to create new opportunities for advancements in the fields of vibrations, acoustics, mechanics, and smart materials.

We examine, hypothesize, design, model, and test, which broadens our impact all the way from the new theories developed to our new experimental systems created that serve as frameworks for technology development. 

Our lab facilities, research expertise, and team-structure make us a unique lab to be immersed in or work with.

Latest News

November 2, 2018. New LSVR papers appear in the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Composite Structures, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and Physical Review E. Congrats to Wen Cai, Nick Sears, and Chengzhe Zou as first authors and to Abdullahi Inshaar and Hamil Shah for supporting authorship!

September 5, 2018. Shichao Cui successfully defends her PhD candidacy proposal. Congratulations!

August 14, 2018. Congratulations to Adam DeNise, Charles, El-Helou, Abdullahi Inshaar, and Hamil Shah for being awarded Undergraduate Research Scholarships as they embark on their Honors Research Programs!

August 11, 2018. Congratulations to Chengzhe Zou for being a recipient of the 2018/19 academic year Future Academic Scholars Training (FAST) Fellowship as awarded by the OSU MAE Department!

August 1, 2018. New LSVR papers appear in the Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of Sound and Vibration, and Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. Congrats to Ben Goodpaster and Sih-Ling Yeh as first authors! 

Activities Overview

We employ our driving motivation to advance the aims of several application areas, including

  • Noise and vibration control, damping, isolation
  • Energy harvesting and capture, and guided energy transfer in nonlinear structural systems
  • Adaptive structure/material design for exceptional versatility and tunable dynamic performance
  • Sensing methodologies and sensor development

For further details, please check out the Research page.


The LSVR is seeking Undergraduate students interested in completing an Honors Research Program during their final 3 or 4 semesters of their BS degree program at OSU. Interested students should contact Prof. Harne (provide CV and grade report) to indicate interest. 

No Graduate Research Associate positions are available at this time.

A full-time Post-doctoral position is available at the Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research (LSVR.osu.edu) on the subject of elastomeric material systems for shock mitigation. Excellent skills in material fabrication (thermoplastics, thermosets) and in high-speed digital imaging and data post-processing of high rate events are sought. Candidates should have a PhD in Mechanical, Materials Science, Chemical, or Aerospace Engineering, or a discipline related to the research topic. Excellent technical communication skills are desired. Candidates are sought who will go beyond project deliverables and will participate broadly in the diverse research efforts at the LSVR. A one year appointment will be available, with opportunity for renewal subject to excellent project progress. Competitive pay and benefits will be provided, in addition to excellent training and opportunities for growth towards a subsequent professional pursuit. For more information and to express interest in the post-doctoral position, please contact Prof. R.L. Harne, harne.3@osu.edu. Please provide a CV and brief summary of interest.

Interested candidates for graduate positions must [a] have applied to the OSU MAE graduate program and [b] should email Prof. Harne (provide CV with references) to indicate interest. Please understand that due to the large number of emails received, interested candidates may not receive a personal reply.