Krista Michalis


Dr. Michalis received her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2011 under Donald Bliss with a dissertation focused on developing an energy-intensity boundary element method (EIBEM) to predict broadband sound fields in rectangular enclosures. During her time at Duke, she worked on advancing the EIBEM which included formulating an iterative Lagrangian technique for obtaining specular energy results and refining an absorption scaling theory for describing how boundary properties affect energy redistribution inside rooms. Furthermore, she also designed an experiment to test vibration transmission in elastically coupled beam systems. Using an approach called Multi-Element Multi-Path design, she achieved broadband transmission losses in lightweight structures while maintaining static strength.

After graduating, Dr. Michalis went on to work as an engineer for the ship signatures department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division and has obtained vast experience in conducting acoustics research, large scale modeling, overseeing testing and leadership training. She currently serves as a senior technologist for Carderock and as an oversight executive for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Master of Science with Thesis - "Prediction of Broadband Interior Noise Using an Energy-Intensity Boundary Element Method and Absorption Scaling", Duke University, 2008
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering - "Modeling and Shaping Specular and Diffuse Reflection Sound Fields in Enclosures with an Energy-Intensity Boundary Element Method", Duke University 2011

Research Interests

Structural acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic scattering, experimentation