Blue Ridge Research and Consulting, LLC (BRRC) delivers cutting edge solutions to a wide range of acoustic and vibration projects. Our research capabilities give BRRC the unique ability to provide practical solutions to real world problems. Our expertise ranges from military and civilian environmental noise studies to the design of custom state-of-the-art measurement systems and the development of mission planning tools. Learn more about BRRC expertise...
BRRC is an acoustical engineering firm focused on critical noise and vibration challenges for Department of Defense, aerospace, aviation, and industrial clients. BRRC’s team of exceptional acoustical engineers, with combined experience from hundreds of military and civilian noise studies, are trusted advisors to public, private and academic clients around the world. Our team’s experience covers a full spectrum of environmental noise issues, which allows us to address complex environmental issues and relate our findings to decision makers and the public.
Dr. Micah Downing is a principal and founding member of BRRC where his research focuses on aircraft noise and sonic boom modeling, measurement, and assessment of their effects on people and the environment. Dr. Downing held previous positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory and Wyle Laboratories, Inc. Through his career, he has directed more than 40 field measurement projects for the USAF, USN, USA, NATO, and NPS. He has also led the acoustical analysis for over 15 major environmental impact studies for the DoD as well as numerous noise studies supporting Environmental Assessments and DOD’s Air Installation and Range Compatible Use Zone studies. Dr. Downing received his BS in Physics from Davidson College, his MS in Aeronautics from the Joint Institute for the Advancement of Flight Sciences at NASA Langley, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Michael James is a principal and founding member of BRRC where he conducts applied research and consulting studies on high-amplitude noise sources and their effects on communities and the environment. He has co-authored over 100 technical papers and reports focusing on the development of innovative measurement, analysis, and modeling techniques to characterize and map the noise emitted from jet and rocket engines/motors. Mr. James has performed over 40 large-scale sound and vibration measurements for military and civilian aviation, weaponry, and blast noise. Before founding BRRC, he worked at Wyle Laboratories, Inc. Mr. James received his MS at Virginia Tech’s Vibration and Acoustic Laboratory where he researched turbofan engine-noise reduction and control technologies for the NASA Langley Acoustics Research Group.
Josh Mellon joined BRRC in 2010 and is responsible for munitions and aircraft noise modeling, financial management and analysis, and contract formation and negotiation. Projects include jet, siren, and shipyard noise measurements as well as grant acquisition and noise mitigation analysis. Prior to joining BRRC, Mr. Mellon gained three years of management experience at ViewPlus, where he won and managed four grants and developed financial evaluation tools. He also taught undergraduate physics labs for five years, and acquired research experience through internships at NASA, SRI International, and SETI. Mr. Mellon served in Kuwait as an Army Sergeant, and received his BS in Physics and his MS in Applied Physics with an emphasis in Business from Oregon State University.
Alex Salton joined BRRC in 2011 and is responsible for a variety of applied research and consulting projects focusing on the environmental noise modeling of jet and rocket noise. She has been heavily involved in the research and development of BRRC’s Launch Vehicle Acoustic Simulation Model (RUMBLE), used to perform propulsion noise analysis for commercial space environmental review efforts. Ms. Salton also leads GIS based processing and analysis efforts in developing in-house modeling tools and generating graphics for BRRC technical reports. Since joining the BRRC team, she has performed a number of large-scale noise measurements of military jets and rocket engines. Ms. Salton received her BA in Mathematics from Bates College and her MS in Acoustics from Pennsylvania State University’s Graduate Program in Acoustics, where she researched the feasibility of measuring the acoustic pressure of a pipe’s internal fluid using externally mounted accelerometers.
Matt Calton supports applied research projects and environmental noise consulting. He is currently developing tools to visualize overflight noise as well as graphical user interfaces for use in human listener tests and noise exposure evaluations. Mr. Calton received his BS in Applied Physics and MS in Physics from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in Acoustics. As an undergraduate, he optimized the sound system for an auditorium using state-of-the-art acoustic modeling and measurement techniques. His graduate work focused on designing compact, cost-efficient passive noise control elements for operator cabins in large construction vehicles. Mr. Calton is a two-time recipient of the Best Paper Award from the Acoustical Society of America Noise Technical Committee.
Ben Manning’s responsibilities encompass a broad range of acoustical consulting services. He supports all facets of civil and military aviation consulting projects, including computer modeling and programming, noise measurements, data analysis, and technical writing. His experience includes military aircraft noise (DoD AICUZ studies), NEPA documentation, airspace noise, civil FAR Part 150 studies, and acoustic research and experimentation. Mr. Manning has expert knowledge of aviation noise models. He has contributed to studies and research programs that assess noise, emissions, fuel burn, and operational impacts to airports and the national airspace system. Mr. Manning received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, where he researched boundary element methods applied to room acoustics.
Blue Ridge Research and Consulting, LLC (BRRC) encourages professional advancement for its staff, by cultivating an environment that rewards highly motivated self-starters. We offer a competitive compensation package that includes healthcare, long-term disability, dollar-for-dollar 401k matching up to four percent, three weeks of paid vacation, two weeks of paid holidays, eight weeks of paid pregnancy leave, generous bonuses, and profit sharing benefits.
If you think like an owner and can deliver superior results for our clients, please submit your resume and a letter of introduction to JobOpenings@BlueRidgeResearch.com.
BRRC is seeking an experienced acoustical engineer for our Asheville, NC office. This position involves conducting research in a wide range of environmental acoustic areas including sound and noise source measurements, general and specialized modeling, soundscape and transportation noise visualizations, and outdoor warning system design. Current research areas include noise source characterization of military aircraft and rockets, long-range sound propagation modeling, and operational noise reduction studies. Responsibilities include applied acoustic research as well as interacting with clients, noise analysis modeling, and technical reporting. Read more...
BRRC is seeking an experienced environmental noise analyst for our Asheville, NC office. This position involves work on a diverse set of projects including preparation of airport/airfield noise analyses for civilian and military customers in support of FAA Part 150, Environmental Impact Analysis, and/or DoD AICUZ studies. Responsibilities include modeling aviation and other transportation noise sources, interaction with commercial and DoD clients, and technical reporting. In addition, contributing to our applied research projects will provide the successful applicant with interesting and rewarding work. Read more...