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Some words on the Acoustic HUB® program and visits by Hubist Prof. Steven Garrett

To start, I’d like to make it very clear that I have felt that the “quality” of my visits have been outstanding in every way.  Not only have those visits given me the opportunity to work with the LAUM thermoacoustics group, including faculty, post-docs, and graduate students, but they have given me the opportunity to expand my own research interests into areas in which I had not previously been motivated to make any contributions; specifically areas of musical acoustics and nonlinear thermos-mechanics. 

I appreciated the opportunity the Hub provided to attend the International Symposium on Musical Acoustics in Le Mans two summers ago.  I’ve also made more progress on my acoustics textbook in Le Mans than in any other city I’ve visited over the past three years.  (Much more than I could had I stayed in central-Pennsylvania.)

I have fallen hopelessly in love with the lifestyle I’ve enjoyed during every visit I’ve made to Le Mans.  France’s 31st largest city provides the perfect mix of the convenience of a pedestrian-friendly centre-ville, excellent public transportation, the charm of Cité Plantagenêt, and relaxing parks and river walks along the Sarthe and Huisne.  I’ve eaten in almost every French restaurant in Le Mans and have failed to find a bad meal or a mediocre class of wine.  

I shop at the open market below the Cathedral three days each week.  Please don’t allow me go on to comment on the boulangerie-pâtisseries and charcuteries (La Rouelle de Veau being my favorite), but these examples should suffice to make my point.

I am looking forward to spending three weeks in Le Mans in April attending CFA 2016 and delivering one of the keynote presentations…

If I have any regret at all, it would be that I have still not had the opportunity to learn enough French to converse at any level.”

(2015) Steven Garrett, Professor at Penn State University, PA, USA.