Past Graduate Members
Kristina Sorensen, MEng 2017
Kristina Sorensen’s work focused on the perception of warmth in concert halls. During much of her time at Penn State, she played flute in the Penn State campus orchestra. She graduated in 2012 from Utah State University with a BS in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Physics.
Quincey Smail, MEng 2016
Quincey Smail completed his M.Eng. degree as a member of SPRAL in the Graduate Program in Acoustics in 2016. Before Penn State, he studied physics and music in Pella, Iowa at Central College, where his interest in the two fields grew. In 2013, he earned a BA in Physics with minors in Music, Math, and German. As a member of SPRAL, Quincey worked on a project, suggesting potential acoustical recommendations to improve a instrumental rehearsal room at Penn State’s School of Music. Currently, Quincey is an acoustical consultant at Acoustics By Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Matt Kamrath, Graduate Research Assistant 2013-2014
Matt Kamrath was a member of SPRAL during the 2013-2014 school year. As a SPRALite, he worked on a Federal Aviation Administration sponsored projected looking how aircraft noise impacted children’s learning and cognition. Currently, Matt is a Ph.D. student at the École Centrale de Nantes, and he works at the French Building Research Center (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, CSTB) in Grenoble, France. His current research is in the area of urban noise mitigation techniques.
Past Undergraduate Members
Molly Smallcomb, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2016
When an REU student with SPRAL, Molly was a student at the University of Hartford in Connecticut majoring in Acoustical Engineering & Music (vocal emphasis). For this summer of 2016, Molly helped construct a compact spherical loudspeaker array that can replicate the directivity of symphony orchestra instruments. This sound source can be used for obtaining concert hall measurements with a distributed array of sources on stage.
Colton Snell, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2014
When working with SPRAL as an undergrad, Colton was a senior majoring in electrical engineering at UT Austin, and he participated in an NSF sponsored research experience for undergraduates during the summer of 2014. For his project, he helped with the design and construction of the 3D loudspeaker array facility at Penn State, used for auralization of concert hall environments.
Carol Tadros, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2014
Carol was a senior majoring in electrical engineering at Penn State when she joined SPRAL for the summer. Carol worked on a NSF research experience for undergraduates during the summer of 2014, where she helped with the design of an omni-directional sound source. This sound source was developed to use as a controlled sound source in concert hall measurements.
Acadia Kocher, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2013
Acadia Kocher joined us as a member of SPRAL during the summer of 2013. Working on a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, Acadia worked on a research project studying how different subjective attributes of concert hall acoustics relate to overall preference of concert halls. Acadia was a sophomore from Northwestern when she joined SPRAL for the summer.