David T. Bradley, Ph.D.
Physics + Astronomy Dept
these pages you will find an outline of the
work associated with his involvement in the
field of acoustics. This site is designed
to give a more detailed view of his work and
hopefully serve as a resource for others with
energy scattered from an acoustically diffusing
plot of predicted reverberation time values
from a computer modeled auditorium
Professor Bradley received a B.A. in Physics from Grinnell
College. Although music
and theatrical performance have been a passion of
his since he was in middle school, he realized
in high school that he wanted to seek a career path
in the hard sciences, specifically physics. He looked
for a field that would integrate his interest in the
area of physical sciences and his enthusiasm for music.
Eventually, during his undergraduate work, he discovered
the field of acoustics through a series of internships
and independent projects, and realized that he had
found the perfect combination of personal and career
He received a Ph.D. from the Architectural Engineering
program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln,
where he focused on research in the field
of acoustics. Joining the
Architectural Engineering program at the University of Nebraska
was a natural step in the progression towards a career
in acoustics, as it is one of only a few programs
to offer graduate studies
in the field of acoustics in the U.S.. Within this field, Dr. Bradley
has been particularly interested in performance space acoustics
and the behavior of sound energy in enclosed spaces.
With the aid of several fellowships, including the
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, he was able
to complete the Ph.D. program.
Dr. Bradley's industry experience has
included internships and consultant positions with
acoustical firms in Los Angeles, Dallas, Omaha, Chicago,
and Seattle. His fields of industry expertise cover a broad spectrum, including
room acoustics, sound isolation, mechanical noise
control, and environmental noise control.
Professor Bradley joined the
Physics + Astronomy department
at Vassar College in 2007. He teaches a wide variety of courses across the physics curriculum, and is
also active in the Cognitive Science and Media Studies Programs.