Welcome to the final issue of Noise/News International for 2019. This jam-packed issue looks back at NOISE-CON 2019 from San Diego, including details of award winners, with a special article on the winner of the 2019 Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Consulting, K. Anthony Hoover. As well as our regular NOISE/NOTES feature, book reviews, and regional updates, we have another tutorial from Eric Ungar explaining how energy relationships explain vibration behavior. Our cover feature for this issue describes the new Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) Technical Center from Mercury Marine at their PD&E Center in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. It is a very interesting look at the development of a facility that aims to be a benchmark for the industry.
We also sit down with the incoming I-INCE president, Bob Bernhard, who is currently vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame. Bob has been a member of INCE-USA (one of the member societies of I-INCE) since about 1982 and has been a member of the board of directors of I-INCE since about 2000. Learn about his time with INCE, and a little more about Bob, in this issue.
With a new incoming president, it means we have to say goodbye and thank you to our outgoing president, Marion Burgess. I first met Marion at the International Congress of Acoustics in Madrid, back in 2007. At the time my focus was on finishing my PhD; little did I know I’d be working with her some 10 years later. It was great to have had the opportunity to work with her through NNI for the past few years, and I want to thank her for her help and advice along the way.
I hope you enjoy this issue of NNI. We’ll see you all in 2020!
Eoin A. King, PhD