Anthony A. Atchley

Acting Dean
Professor of Acoustics

College of Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
101 Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802

Career Summary

On August 15, Anthony Atchley became the acting dean of Penn State's College of Engineering, as Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering, transitioned to the role of interim executive vice president and provost for Penn State.

Anthony Atchley is professor of acoustics and acting dean in Penn State's College of Engineering. Dr. Atchley came to the University as the head of the Graduate Program in Acoustics in 1997, after serving as the chair of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Physics Department. He became an associate dean in 2008 and senior associate dean in 2014. 

Dr. Atchley has conducted research on shock formation in very high amplitude noise, measurements of noise from commercial aircraft and sub- and super-sonic military jets, acoustic propagation modeling, optical imaging of sound fields, acoustic cavitation, oscillatory boundary layer processes, and acoustic heat transport.

Dr. Atchley is a fellow and past president of the Acoustical Society of America, as well as a past member of the American Institute of Physics Governing Board Executive Committee and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering Research Council Board of Directors. He also served as Penn State’s principal investigator for the Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction Center of Excellence, led by the Massachusetts of Technology and co-sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and Transport Canada. 

In service to Penn State, Dr. Atchley has co-chaired the Faculty Issues Subcommittee of the Academic Oversight Team and the COVID Equity Subcommittee for the Faculty Affairs Advisory Council.

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