University of Mississippi

James P. Chambers Ph.D. Named Interim Director, NCPA

The Jamie Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics is pleased to announce as interim director James P. Chambers, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist for NCPA and Research Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Chambers joined the National Center for Physical Acoustics in 1994 as a Post Doctoral Research Associate.  He is currently the Interim Director as well as a Senior Research Scientist and Research Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  He holds the following degrees: Bachelors (Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude), 1990; and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), 1994, The Georgia Institute of Technology.  As a graduate student, he received a fellowship from the Hertz Foundation and was also named an E.I. DuPont Fellow.

Dr. Chambers has years of expertise in the development of acoustic hardware, measurement techniques in aquaculture applications as well as methods for measuring suspended sediments in monitoring erosion. Additional areas of expertise include experimental, theoretical and computational analysis of outdoor sound propagation, including traffic noise, blast waves, and sonic boom propagation as well as the interaction of sound with porous media. He has also conducted research on the propagation of sound over irregular or rough terrain, the influence of turbulence on propagation and the use of recycled fibrous materials as potential noise control materials. He has received funding from the USDA, USGS, Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, Department of Transportation, Department of the Interior, US Army Research Office, US Army Research Laboratory and Fibre Craft Inc.

Dr. Chambers is a member of The Acoustical Society of America (member of the Physical Acoustics and Tutorials Technical Committees), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Pi Tau Sigma. He has reviewed papers for multiple scientific journals including the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Noise Control Engineering Journal, North American Journal of Aquaculture, Acta Acustica united with Acustica and has been actively involved in organizing and chairing technical sessions at numerous scientific conferences. He has also served on numerous scientific panels including the Seismic Acoustic Magnetic sensor group for the US Army, NATO Task Group 25 (Acoustics), the Acoustics Experts Working Group for the National Signatures Program and the working group on noise at the Transportation Research Board’s conference on Environmental Research Needs in Transportation.

As part of the Mechanical Engineering faculty he has taught courses in Fluid Mechanics (ME 401), Propulsion (ME 402), Power (ME 405), Thermal Systems Laboratory (ME 419), Acoustics (ENGR 515, PHYS 521) as well as special topics courses (ENGR 597) in transducer development and SONAR device development.