Phone: 678-915-6855

Office Location:
Systems & Mechanical Engineering
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Building Q, Room 127
Marietta, GA 30060

Office Hours:

Fall Semester 2014

M 4-7pm, W 4-5pm, and Thursday 3-4pm

Note: office location Q127, and mailbox in Q Suite 1-SW (SME Department)


Richard Ruhala

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I have been an Associate Professor at SPSU since 2010 in the Mechanical Engineering program, within the Systems & Mechanical Engineering Department.  I am also the Coordinator for the ME program.  I enjoy teaching college engineering students at all levels, especially in the mechanics courses.  Currently I am developing a Dynamics Laboratory where ME 4501 - Vibrations & Controls Lab - is being offered fall semester 2012 for the first time. 

Other courses i teach are ENGR 3125 - Machine Dynamics & Vibrations, and ME 3501 Dynamic Systems & Control Theory.

My current research is in vuvuzela noise, environmental noise, and tire/pavement interaction noise.

I am a member of the Georgia Pavement Research Center (GPRC), Institute for Noise Control Engineering (INCE), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

For information about our bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (BSME), click here.  

Feel free to contact me at or 678-915-6855 if you have consulting or research needs in noise measurement & control, mechanics in general, or have a real-world mechanical engineering design project that might be appropriate for our senior engineering students.

Select from the links above for more information about me.