Richard Ruhala

Photo of Dr. Rich Ruhala inside hemi-anechoic chamber at Georgia Tech in 2011. Welcome to my homepage!

I have been an Associate Professor at SPSU since 2010 in the Mechanical Engineering program --- now the ME Department within the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology on KSU's Marietta Campus (formerly SPSU).

I enjoy teaching college engineering students at all levels, especially in the area of vibration/dynamics/controls/acoustics. 

Spring semester 2015 I am teaching two sections of ME 4501 - Vibrations & Controls Lab and two sections of ME 3501 Dynamic Systems & Control Theory, and one section of ME 4201 - Senior Design I.  I am advising a student in acoustics research under ME 4801 - Undergraduate Research in ME.

Other courses i have taught include ENGR 3125 - Machine Dynamics & Vibrations, and ENGR 3122 - Dynamics.

My current research areas include vuvuzela noise, environmental noise, and tire/pavement interaction noise.

I am a member of the Georgia Pavement Research Center (GPRC), Institute for Noise Control Engineering (INCE), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

For information about our bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (BSME), click here.  

Feel free to contact me at or 678-915-6855 if you have consulting or research needs in noise measurement & control, mechanics in general, or have a real-world mechanical engineering design project that might be appropriate for our senior engineering students.

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