The INCE Foundation had another good year providing awards to students, an educator, and a consultant. We also supported the Technology for a Quieter America follow-up program. The inaugural Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Consulting was provided this year to Bill Cavanaugh. This award, offered jointly by the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC) in odd years and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the United States of America (INCE-USA) in even years, is for individuals who have practiced acoustical consulting in an exemplary manner over a sustained period of time to improve acoustical environments in and around buildings, transportation systems, work places, recreational, and other occupied spaces such that the quality of life for citizens and communities is significantly enhanced.
Leo Beranek Medals were awarded this year to ten worthy students identified by their professors in recognition of excellence in the study of noise control by undergraduate and graduate students at academic institutions in North America.
Generous contributions from The Elizabeth L. and Russell F. Hallberg Foundation facilitated by INCE-USA member Douglas F. Winker provided financial support to nine undergraduate and graduate students for travel to INTER-NOISE 2015 where they presented their work in noise control engineering.
Generous contributions from The Michiko So Finegold Memorial Trust provided financial support to nine undergraduate and graduate students for travel to INTER-NOISE 2015 where they presented their work in noise control engineering.
Hyun Hong of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln received the 2015 Martin Hirschorn IAC Prize Graduate Student Project Award for Subjective Perception of Varying Reflection Density in Room Impulse Responses.
Marehalli G. Prasad of the Stevens Institute of Technology received the INCE-USA Outstanding Educator Award in Noise Control Engineering.
Generous contributions from E-A-R provide financial support for student presentations of seminal papers in the field of noise control engineering. This year, Yangfan Liu of Purdue University was recognized for Overview of Paul E. Sabine’s 1931 Paper: A Critical Study of the Precision of Measurement of Absorption Coefficients by Reverberation Method.
Five awards were presented by judges who attended the Student Paper Competition at INTER-NOISE 2015. Vice presidents Jeff Fullerton of Acentech and Yong-Joe Kim of Texas A&M University are responsible for the planning and management of these awards. Our “Technology for a Quieter America Fund” (TQA Fund), established with donations from the Noise Control Foundation, provided support for a workshop hosted by the National Academy of Engineering during 2015. The report Engineering a Quieter America: Progress on Consumer and Industrial Product Noise Reduction will be available next year
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These award winners have earned and deserve our recognition. They represent the future of our important noise control engineering profession.
Contributions from you and your colleagues allow the INCE Foundation to continue making awards that recognize outstanding members of our noise control engineering profession. We appreciate and acknowledge all contributions to help the Foundation continue to support education in our important profession. The Foundation directors and officers receive no compensation; thus, all contributions go directly toward supporting our mission.
Thank you for the support that you provide.
Eric W. Wood
2015 INCE Foundation President
The INCE Foundation TQA Follow-up Team Holds Washington Workshop
The 2015 follow-up workshop entitled “Engineering a Quieter America: Progress on Consumer and Industrial Product Noise Reduction” was organized by the TQA follow-up team and was hosted by the National Academy of Engineering at the Keck Center in Washington, DC on October 6–7, 2015. The workshop and its report address ongoing contributions by noise control engineers to improving both quality of life and the US economy by providing domestic manufacturers with the expertise to develop, produce, and sell the quieter products now demanded by global markets. Expected future noise control engineering technologies are also addressed. Thirty-one people attended the workshop, with presenters representing manufacturers, consultants, trade and standards associations, universities, and a widely known consumer publication. Many attendees had thirty to forty years of direct engineering experience in consumer at-home products or industrial products. The workshop addressed consumer products ranging from automobiles to yard-care leaf blowers, and industrial products ranging from air-moving devices to valves. Products ranged from small handheld devices to million-pound off-road trucks. The report for this workshop is in progress and should be completed later in 2016 for posting on the INCE-USA website.
Contributions to the INCE Foundation
Contributions to the INCE Foundation may be made by check or in conjunction with INCE member dues. Checks should be made payable to the INCE Foundation and sent to Robert D. Hellweg, Treasurer, 13 Pine Tree Road, Wellesley, MA 02482. All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged.
Individuals or companies contributing $100 or more to the Foundation may receive one of the following:
- A copy of the National Academy of Engineering report titled “Technology for a Quieter America.” The report was prepared by a study committee chaired by George Maling, and was published in 2010.
- The booklet Noise and Vibration Control: Principles and Applications, which was prepared by Stig Ingemansson and has been made available through the generosity of Ingemansson Technology AB as a tribute to Stig, who passed away a few years ago.
- A CD-ROM that contains the technical papers in volumes 1–48 (1973–2000) of Noise Control Engineering Journal. Volumes 1–41 have been scanned and converted to PDF files; volumes 42–48 were prepared as PDF files. The CD is being made available by the Foundation as an educational tool, and I think that you will find many papers of interest in the collection.
Recognition levels for donations to the INCE Foundation are:
Benefactor: $1,000 and up; Patron: $500–$999; Sponsor: $250–$499; Donor: $100–$249; Friends: up to $99
Officers: Eric W. Wood, President; William J. Cavanaugh, Vice President—Development; Robert D. Hellweg, Jr, Treasurer and Secretary.
Directors: Leo. L. Beranek, Robert J. Bernhard, William J. Cavanaugh, Patricia Davies, Robert D. Hellweg, Jr., William W. Lang, George C. Maling, Jr., James K. Thompson, and Eric W. Wood.
Award Recipients during CY 2015
Seven Michiko So Finegold Awards for student conference-travel expenses ($1,000 each).
Generous contributions from The Michiko So Finegold Memorial Trust Foundation facilitated by INCE-USA member Larry Finegold:
|Pasquale Bottalico||Michigan State University|
|Seongil Hwang||Texas A&M University|
|Nicholas Kim||Purdue University|
|Yangfan Liu||Purdue University|
|Ivano Ipsaro Passione||Michigan State University|
|Hongdan Tao||Purdue University|
|Bao Ngoc Tong||Purdue University|
Nine Hallberg Awards for student conference-travel expenses ($940 each).
Generous contributions from The Elizabeth L. and Russell F. Hallberg Foundation facilitated by INCE-USA member Douglas F. Winker
|Ethan Bourdeau and Xin Yan Kevin Zheng||University of Hartford|
|Rui Cao||Purdue University|
|Daniel Carr||Purdue University|
|Phillip Andrew Feurtado||The Penn State University|
|Zhongzheng Liu||Texas A&M University|
|Yawen Wang||University of Cincinnati|
|Yitian Zhang||University of Kentucky|
Ten Leo Beranek Student Medals
|Pegah Asiani||Brigham Young University (Pewter)|
|Rajavel Balaguru||Stevens Institute of Tech. (Pewter)|
|Matthew G. Blevins||University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Pewter)|
|Christopher J. Cutierand Xin Yan Kevin Zheng||University of Hartford (Bronze)|
|Philip Andrew Feurtado||The Penn. State University (Pewter)|
|Luke Fredette||Ohio State University (Pewter)|
|Christopher Kezon||Columbia College Chicago (Bronze)|
|Yitian Zhang||University of Kentucky (Pewter)|
|Xianpai Zheng||Ohio State University (Bronze)|
Five Student Paper Prizes awarded at the INTER-NOISE 2015 Congress ($1,000 each)
Nicholas Kim, Purdue University
Microperforated Films as Duct Liners
Rob Opdam, RWTH Aachen University
Angle-Dependent Reflection Factor Measurements of Finite Samples with an Edge Diffraction Correction
Zhongzheng Liu, Texas A&M University
Acoustic Streaming around a Spherical Microparticle/Cell under Ultrasonic Wave Excitation
Rui He, University of Kentucky
Simulation of Airborne Paths using Frequency Based Substructuring
Seongil Hwang, Texas A&M University
Ground Monitoring of Bottom Hole Assembly Vibration in Drill String System using Acoustic Transfer Functions and Hybrid Analytical/Two-Dimensional Finite Element Method
One Martin Hirschorn IAC Graduate Student Project Award ($4,000)
Hyun Hong of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Subjective Perception of Varying Reflection Density in Room Impulse Responses
One Student Classic Paper Award ($1,000) with support from E-A-R
Yangfan Liu, Purdue University
Overview of Paul E. Sabine’s 1931 Paper: A Critical Study of the Precision of Measurement of Absorption Coefficients by Reverberation Method
INCE-USA Outstanding Educator Award ($2,000)
Dr. Marehalli G. Prasad
Stevens Institute of Technology
Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Consulting
Initial recipient: Bill Cavanaugh