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
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
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 - William Willis
Will is a third-year Ph.D. student at UT. He joined the Acoustics Department in 2019 after graduating with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and BS in Physics from Duke University. Under the supervision of Dr. Mark Hamilton and Dr. Charles Tinney, William studies shock waves formed from Mach waves, underwater explosions, and other sources. He enjoys traveling to new places and playing Texas Hold’Em with his friends.