Matthew Neal successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation this morning! His defense was well attended, including many of his family members and friends. The audience was treated to an array of breads (middle-class brioche, cinnamon rolls, and pane Siciliano) that he and his girlfriend, Natalie baked! Congratulations, Dr. Neal!
All current members of SPRAL made it to the Acoustical Society of America conference in Louisville, KY on May 13-17th 2019.
Nick Ortega presented in the 4pNS session (Advances and Applications in Sound Quality Metrics), giving a talk titled “Identifying metrics to predict annoyance due to Mach-cutoff flight ground signatures”.
Martin Lawless (who is now a SPRAL alumni) presented in the same session with a talk titled “Effect of trading-off office background and intermittent noise levels on performance, annoyance, distraction, and stress”. This covered a study that he worked on alongside his Ph.D. topic and was taken over by current SPRAL member and co-author Zane Rusk. Office noise perceptual studies in SPRAL will continue with a new student this Fall!
Our very own Lobster Broyles met the ASA President Lily Wang:
The costume was acquired as a reference to the Amanda Show skit “Bring in the dancing lobsters.” This reference was not apparent to most people present.
In addition, Zane played at the ASA JAM with fellow Penn State Acoustics Program students!
Matthew Neal, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Program in Acoustics at Penn State and SPRALite, will be presenting at the upcoming International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) meeting in Aachen, Germany in September 2019 and was selected to receive a Young Scientist Grant.
Zane Rusk, a Ph.D. student in the Architectural Engineering department has been awarded a 3-year PhD GAANN fellowship through a grant awarded to PSU’s AE department from the US Dept of Education. Zane will be using this fellowship to study spatial audio as applied to virtual building walk-throughs.
Nick Ortega, PhD Student in the Graduate Program in Acoustics, was awarded a Sloan Foundation fellowship to support his graduate studies. Nick’s research focuses on methods of measuring head related transfer functions (HRTFs) for use in spatial audio reproduction. In particular, finding new methods to extrapolate finer resolution HRTFs from a sparse measurement set.
Matthew Neal presented on his work in the 4aAA session “Microphone Array Applications in Room Acoustics” with a talk titled “The room impulse response in time, frequency, and space: Mapping spatial energy using spherical array beamforming techniques”
SPRAL welcomes Zane Rusk, as a new acoustics Ph.D. student! Zane graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2018. Just before joining SPRAL, Zane traveled to Taiwan for 10 days.
Welcome to Jonathan Broyles who joins SPRAL as a M.S. student in acoustics! Jonathan recently graduated in May 2018 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. During this past summer, Jonathan worked as an intern at a structural engineering firm.
Kristina Sorensen graduates with her M.Eng. in Acoustics. We wish you all the best as you continue your graduate studies.