Congratulations to Joonhee Lee, who has been selected as one of the 2015-16 recipients of the Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln! This fellowship is one of UNL’s most prestigious graduate honors, awarded to graduate students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic potential. It includes a full stipend, tuition, fees, and portion of health insurance. Joonhee is in his final year of PhD study at UNL, studying the effects of tonal noise in the built environment on occupants.
Congratulations to Matthew Blevins who has been awarded a 2015 Leo Beranek Student Medal from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering for excellence in the study of noise control (graduate level)! Blevins was honored for his research on using impedance-mobility models to study acoustic metamaterials. Blevins is the first person to receive the Beranek Student Medal at both the undergraduate (while at Purdue) and graduate (while at UNL) levels.
Congratulations to Stuart Shell, who successfully defended his M.S. in Architectural Engineering Thesis “Effect of the Physical Environment on Teacher Satisfaction with Indoor Environmental Quality in Early Learning Schools” on May 13, 2015, advised by Dr. Lily Wang! Stuart previously trained as an architect and currently works for RDG in Omaha, where he is a strong advocate for healthy building design.
Dr. Lily Wang has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 ASA Student Council Mentoring Award. She will receive the award at the upcoming Acoustical Society of America meeting in Pittsburgh, on Wednesday May 20, 2015, during the student reception. Dr. Wang has supervised and mentored 22 undergraduate students and 14 graduate students, many of whom have launched successful careers and are active members of ASA. Congratulations, Dr. Wang!
On April 21, 2015, Dr. Lily Wang was in Arlington, VA, to participate in an EPA public webinar which introduced the seven grantees funded under the EPA Healthy Schools STAR program, of which UNL was one. More information on the EPA Healthy Schools STAR program may be found at this website; soon the presentations of the seven grantees from the webinar should be posted there as well. The four-year project funded at UNL will establish how the indoor air quality, thermal, lighting and acoustic conditions in K-12 school buildings interactively affect student achievement, determine the relative significance of each environmental variable, and reveal how student demographics may affect these results.
Joonhee Lee and his winning poster
Two NAG members presented posters at the 2015 UNL Spring Research Fair on April 14-15, 2015: (1) graduate student Joonhee Lee on “Threshold Estimation for Noise-Induced Annoyance by Tones from Building Mechanical Noises” and (2) undergraduate student Brenna Boyd on “Evaluation of Crowd Noise Levels During College Hockey Games”, both advised by Dr. Lily Wang.
Brenna Boyd presents on UCARE research
Out of 50 posters submitted in the graduate engineering division, Joonhee received one of four Commendation awards – way to go!
Congratulations to Jay Bliefnick, who has been selected to be the representative to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Student Council, for the Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics (TCAA) over the upcoming two-year term! Jay recently matriculated as a PhD student in our program, after finishing his undergraduate degree at Columbia College in Chicago. He succeeds recent Nebraska PhD graduate, Ellen Peng, whose term as the TCAA Student Council Rep ends after the upcoming ASA Pittsburgh meeting.