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Dr. Mendel Kleiner received his M.Sc.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering from Chalmers in 1969 and obtained the Ph.D. in Building Acoustics in 1978. From 1980 to 1995, Mendel Kleiner held a position as lecturer at Chalmers, teaching and doing research on active room acoustics and sound field simulation. In 1989, Dr. Kleiner was awarded the honorary title of 'docent'. Since 1995 Dr. Kleiner is professor at the Division of Applied Acoustic at Chalmers, continuing research on presence, dynamic sound field simulation, interaction between visual and auditory stimuli in human perception, scattering of sound by architectural objects, product sound quality, auditory icons, and the acoustics of organs and organ pipes.
In the summer of 2003 Prof. Mendel Kleiner moved to Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute, RPI, to become the director of the Program in Architectural Acoustics in the the School of Architecture. While at RPI Dr. Kleiner was a tenured professor at the School of Architecture. Since July 2005 Dr. Kleiner is back at Chalmers and is the leader of research and teaching within the Chalmers Room Acoustics Group, CRAG, in the division of Applied Acoustics. The group consists of three senior researchers and 5 doctoral students. Each year the group also advises some half dozen masters theses. Because of its recent work in many areas of human perception the group now has changed its name to Chalmers Room Acoustics Group - MultiSensory Applications, CRAG-MSA.
Dr. Kleiner became a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000, and is a member of its technical committee on architectural acoustics. Dr. Kleiner chairs the Audio Engineering Society's technical committee for acoustics and sound reinforcement as well as its standards committee for acoustics. In 1997, he was a visiting professor at the Environmental Research Laboratory, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. Dr. Kleiner has been invited as lecturer for many international courses on Auralization arranged by the Acoustical Society of America and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering.
Dr. Kleiner is the author or co-author of more than 130 technical papers, he holds two patents. Dr. Kleiner also works as a consultant in ultrasonics, audio and electroacoustics, as well as room acoustics (Please contact Chalmers Industriteknik for further information, +46 31 772 4039).
Current research interests are auditory presence, virtual acoustics and human behavior, sensory interaction, room acoustics and auralization (particularly spaces for music and worship), acoustic measurement, audio and electroacoustics, sound reproduction systems (microphones, loudspeakers and arrays), sound quality (vehicles, machinery, technical and communication systems), as well as musical acoustics.
In 2010 Prof. Kleiner co-authored a book on the acoustics by churches, mosques and synagogues with David L. Klepper and Father Rendell R. Torres. The book "Worship Space Acoustics", published by J. Ross Publishing, is a unique guide to the design, construction, and use of religious facilities for optimum acoustics. The book is divided into two parts: Part I discusses methods and techniques of room optimization, including how the acoustics of large and small spaces are designed, implemented, and adjusted; how acoustical privacy is attained; noise and its control; sound reinforcement; and numerical and physical modeling techniques. Part II provides the architect, student, and lay person a review of the characteristics of the religious services pertinent to various beliefs and how these are provided for in the acoustic design of spaces in churches, mosques, and synagogues. The book is available from Amazon at
In 2011 the 3rd edition of Prof. Kleiner's book Acoustics and Audio Technology was published by J. Ross Publishing. This is a new, considerably revised, and expanded version of the book "Audio Technology and Acoustics" previously published in two editions at Chalmers University.
Acoustics and Audio Technology, Third Edition, is an introductory text for students of sound and vibration as well as electrical and electronic engineering, civil and mechanical engineering, computer science, signals and systems, and engineering physics. A basic knowledge of basic engineering mathematics and physics is assumed. Problems are included at the end of the chapters and a solutions manual is available to instructors. This classroom-tested book covers the physical background to and mathematical treatment of sound propagation, the properties of human hearing, the generation and radiation of sound as well as noise control, and the technologies used for pickup, recording, and reproduction of sound in various environments, and much more.