The National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC) is an international organization committed to supporting the acoustical profession through recognizing expert acoustical consultants and engineers; promoting opportunities for peer interaction; and providing a reference tool for the public to learn more about the profession and to find a consultant matched to their needs. Since 1962, NCAC member firms have led their profession in technical expertise, research, innovation, and development of real-world applications in all types of environments.
NCAC is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Consulting is K. Anthony Hoover. This award was developed jointly by the NCAC and INCE-USA. The award will be independently bestowed by NCAC in odd-numbered years and by INCE-USA in even-numbered years.
This award is given to an individual who has practiced acoustical consulting in an exemplary manner over a sustained period of time to improve acoustical environments in and around buildings, transportation systems, workplaces, and recreational and other occupied spaces, such that the quality of life for citizens and communities is significantly enhanced.
Hoover was nominated for the Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Consulting by his peers and fellow NCAC members. Words chosen to describe Hoover and his work include the following: “In a career of nearly four decades, he has been responsible for the design, testing, and implementation of acoustics and noise control designs in over 2,000 projects of almost every conceivable type. He has contributed much to the quality of acoustical life for many by his long and excellent service as a leader in acoustical consulting.” Hoover has had an important role in developing the classroom acoustics standard, ANSI S12.60, which has improved educational opportunities for countless children.
He began his consulting career with Cavanaugh Tocci Associates in 1982, and in 2007 joined with Ron McKay and Dave Conant (and everyone) at McKay Conant Hoover, Inc.
An assistant professor for 20 years, Hoover introduced the science and practice of acoustics to thousands of students at the Berklee College of Music, as well as at other institutions, including Boston Architectural Center, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He continues to lead the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) College of Fellows, which provides outreach and mentoring for many early career acousticians. He also leads the ASA Meetings Subcommittee on Jams, which provides a musical and social outlet that attracts hundreds of young, and older, convention-going acousticians.
Hoover’s encomium read, “His generous guidance to other consultants and acousticians has influenced many outstanding careers. Tony is often found busy, working diligently behind the scenes, for the benefit and recognition of others.”
NCAC presented the medallion to Hoover during an award ceremony at its annual meeting, September 13–15, in Atlanta, GA.