Dr Rie Sugimoto is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) within Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.
She joined ISVR in 2003 and has been a member of the Acoustics Group (formerly Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group) and the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Propulsion Systems Noise (Noise UTC) since then.
Rie obtained BEng and also MEng (two-year research degree) at Kobe University in Japan where she studied Architecture and Environmental Planning, and specialised in acoustics and numerical acoustics. She then joined Kobe Steel Ltd in Japan as a researcher in acoustics and worked for a wide range of noise and acoustics issues including infrasound from large industrial conveyors, booming noise in construction machinery cabs, noise canceller and switching system for speaker phones, with key responsibility for the improvements and applications of boundary element models and the development of noise proof and absorbing facilities for traffic noise. She pursued her interest in numerical acoustics when she moved to the UK in 2000 to take a position at Durham University on a three-year research project on the partition-of-unity finite elements with which she also obtained a PhD. She took a short-term appointment at Loughborough University to work on acoustic impedance modelling of an aperture with grazing flow in 2003, before moving to Southampton.
Since joining ISVR, she has specialised in ‘duct acoustics’ research for aircraft engine noise, committed to computational modelling and validations of fan noise propagation and attenuation in turbofan intakes and bypass ducts and radiation to the exterior, acoustic liner optimisations, and complex three-dimensional effects on the fan tone noise.
Rie Sugimoto is a member of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ), Institute of Noise Control Engineering / Japan (INCE/J), Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), and Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ).