Chair - Alicia Casacchia

Chair - Alicia Casacchia

Alicia is a fourth-year PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department at UT Austin. She received her BS in Physics from North Central College in Illinois prior to joining the UT acoustics program in the fall of 2017. Under the supervision of Drs. Mark Hamilton and Preston Wilson, Alicia studies a bubble phenomenon known as sonoluminescence and its potential application as a medical diagnostic tool.

Vice Chair - Sam Parker

Vice Chair - Sam Parker

Sam is a third-year PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2018 before joining the Acoustics Department. His research focuses on the manipulation of sound via acoustic metasurfaces, with particular interests in acoustic holography and system design and optimization. In his infinite free time, Sam enjoys mountain biking and fly fishing and his favorite fish is the Rio Grande cichlid.

Social Chair - Rob Taylor

Social Chair - Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor, the current Social Chair of the UTASASC, is entering his fourth year as a PhD student with no anticipation of graduating. His research focuses on estimating underwater environmental conditions using a vertical line array of hydrophones. Rob, as Social Chair, is directly involved in the planning of the annual acoustics tailgate (Hook ’em). His favorite color is yellow.

Webmaster - Colby Cushing

Webmaster - Colby Cushing

Colby, originally from western NY, is a PhD student here at UT. He received his BS in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State focusing in aircraft function and design.  He also worked for General Dynamics Electric Boat designing nuclear submarines in both fluids systems and acoustic signatures. His research is concerned with the characterization of underwater acoustic metamaterials.