Joao Ealo is professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, since 2002. He received the B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibagué, Colombia, in 1998, and the M.Sc. in Industrial Control Systems from the University of Valladolid, Spain, in 2000. In 2009, He obtained a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, supported by the Institute for Industrial Automation of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the Universidad del Valle. In 2010 founded the Laboratory in Vibrations and Acoustics (LaVA), through which he conducts research and development activities along with his students and collaborators. Current research interests at LaVA are aimed to: a) exploring different transducers technologies to be used in air-coupled ultrasonic applications, such as acoustic imaging, non-destructive testing, robot navigation, particle manipulation, etc.; b) material characterization through non-contact ultrasonic techniques, this includes laser-based ultrasound and ultrasonic spectroscopy; c) modeling, fabrication and characterization of electromechanical-acoustic sources;d) Vibration and acoustics in industrial environments; d) vibroacoustic characterization of Colombian autochthonous musical instruments and e) acoustic vortex beams.
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