Dick Keltie


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After 36 years as a full-time MAE faculty member at NCSU, I entered the Phased Retirement Program on July 1, 2017. In this program I will be on campus teaching and doing my research during the spring semesters only, beginning in 2018.

My undergraduate teaching interests include dynamics and vibrations. At the graduate level, I have taught introductory and advanced courses in both structural vibrations and acoustic radiation, and I have developed new courses in wave propagation, structural power flow, and statistical energy analysis. I believe in using analytical techniques to emphasize physical understanding of underlying principles so that these principles can be used to guide the design of engineering systems and applications.

My research interests are in the field of structural acoustics. This field involves fundamental understanding in structural vibration, acoustics, and fluid mechanics along with strength in computational and analytical methods in mathematics. The subject area is also exciting because of its broad applicability to the many engineering problems we face today in transportation, energy, and security.

Outside of work, I enjoy woodworking, hiking and travel.



Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University


Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University


Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University

Research Description

My long-term goal is to teach and conduct research in the areas of vibrations, acoustics and structural dynamics. The specific field of structural acoustics (the coupling of structural vibration and acoustic radiation) is of particular interest to me. My current research focuses on developing structural-acoustic models of undersea structures and acoustic sensors.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, ASME, 2003
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Modelling and experimental comparison of fluid structure coupling for thin sheet metal tanks using statistical energy analysis
Shende, K. V., & Keltie, R. (2016), Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, 2016, Vol 8. https://doi.org/10.1115/detc2016-59071
Signal response of elastically coated plates
Keltie, R. F. (1998), Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 103(4), 1855–1863. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.421336

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