SPRAL alumni Molly Smallcomb – who did an REU with SPRAL as an undergrad, and came back to the Graduate Program in Acoustics for grad school and joined the BASiL lab – was recently interviewed about her experiences in acoustics (including SPRAL) and an article was written! Check out the article here.
Matthew and Michelle made their way to Germany for two conferences – the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) in Aachen…
Michelle co-chaired sessions at both conferences with Stefan Weinzierl. After the conferences, Matthew and Michelle attended performances at a few concert halls in Germany & Austria – without taking measurements!!!
Matthew confirmed that, indeed, when choosing content to listen to in world-renowned halls, orchestral performances are more appealing to the ear than repeated sine sweeps.
Nick and Zane brought SAM with them to Think Outside the Beaker 2019, volunteering with the Penn State Acoustical Society of America Student Chapter to show kids how hearing works and how important hearing protection is!
Michelle throws Matthew a graduation party! With lots of Acoustics students present, lots of food (including much dessert), and games, a fun time was had by all!
Matthew also received a special gift from Michelle!
Shoutout to Iron Horse Engraving!
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 Legendre G, the Lobster, 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!
The Acoustics Program Awards Luncheon was held at the Nittany Lion Inn on April 15 2019 and the 3 senior SPRALites were among those recognized!
Nick was recognized as a Sloan Scholar, receiving the Sloan University Center for Excellent Mentoring Scholarship.
Fernando was recognized for “outstanding effort in publishing research results. His paper “A study of the just noticeable difference of early decay time (EDT)” was presented at the Auditorium Acoustics 2018 conference in Hamburg, Germany. He also received a Kenneth T. Simowitz Memorial Citation.
Matthew was recognized for a Best Student Paper Award at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Victoria, BC (November 5-9th, 2018), and also received a Kenneth T. Simowitz Memorial Citation.