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Jeffrey A. Zapfe, PhD


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What I’m Listening to Now

“Acentech is easily the best place I have ever worked. I have great clients and outstanding colleagues, and have had the chance to work in places spanning the gamut from concert halls to subway tunnels.”

As president of Acentech, Dr. Jeffrey Zapfe provides the corporate leadership that sustains the technical acumen, dynamic culture, and client-focused approach for which Acentech is known. Jeff joined Acentech in 1998 and led the firm’s Noise and Vibration group for many years before becoming president. His consulting expertise is in the areas of vibration, structural dynamics, vibration sensitive facilities and equipment, and vibration isolation. His work includes the analysis of structures at the design stage as well as the measurement, analysis and mitigation of vibration in completed buildings.

Jeff’s most recent work has included projects concerned with measurement and attenuation of building vibrations, construction vibration mitigation, prediction and control of footfall-induced vibrations of floors housing sensitive equipment, and evaluation and mitigation of ground-borne noise and vibration due to transportation systems. Of note, he was the principal investigator of a Transportation Research Board study to determine the relationship between railway-induced vibration and human annoyance.

The 411

I was born and raised in Canada. This becomes apparent when I return from a family visit and start throwing around “oots” and “aboots.” To relax, I am an avid golfer (although sometimes my skill level interferes with the relaxation part). To date, the highlight of my golf career is a 77 on the Old Course at St. Andrews. The photo on the right shows me just after an unplanned visit to the Road Hole bunker. I also love to go to Italy. The other photo on the right shows me engaged in my favorite activity: consuming great Italian food and wine.


  • Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering
  • Author of many papers pertaining to vibration issues