Congratulations to Brenna Boyd who has been selected to receive a 2016-17 UNL Milton E. Mohr Scholarship in the College of Engineering! Brenna is entering the 4th year of the accredited BS/MAE degree program.
A dinner at Dante’s Pizzeria in honor of Dr. Matt Blevins (2nd from right)
Congratulations to Matt Blevins, who successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation “Design and Optimization of Membrane-Type Acoustic Metamaterials” on April 15, 2016, advised by Dr. Lily Wang and earlier by Dr. Siu-Kit Lau! After graduation, Matt will be joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL.
Discussing electroacoustics with Tim Burkhart and Drue Humphrey
On Thursday, April 14, this year’s Electroacoustics class visited Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska, to tour the renovated electroacoustic reinforcement system, hosted by Midwest Sound and Lighting‘s Tim Burkhart. The students appreciated seeing and hearing the line arrays, huge subwoofers, distributed system serving the under-balcony and balcony areas, and many components. Many thanks to Tim and Drue Humphrey, the AV Tech at Westside Church!
At the March NAG meeting, 360-degree video technology was pervasive as we previewed the new 360 recruitment video for our Architectural Engineering program, and ooohed and aaahed at the Google Cultural Institute’s initiative to put us all onstage. The four Nebraska students participating in this year’s ASA Student Design Competition presented on their projects to date; we are grateful to a number of consultants who have volunteered their time to review the students’ progress throughout the semester, including Dana Hougland (Shen Milson Wilke), Scott Pfeiffer (Threshold Acoustics) and Dennis Paoletti (Paoletti Consulting). At the April NAG meeting, we reviewed two ‘acoustic nuggets’: a metamaterial-built wall and a necklace device that ‘hears’ your eating! Ah, modern innovation… We’re looking forward to the end of the school year and are planning to celebrate at Defy Gravity: indoor trampoline park!
A dinner at Salt 88 in Omaha in honor of Madeline Davidson (3rd from left)
Congratulations to Madeline Davidson, who successfully defended her M.S. Thesis “Quantification of Time Varying Directivity of Musical Instruments” on April 4, 2016, advised by Dr. Lily Wang! Madeline has accepted a position with the acoustics group within HDR based in Minneapolis, and will coincidentally be working with our alum Adam Buck (MAE ’13) who also worked on this research topic when he was a student at Nebraska.
The UNL Office of Graduate Studies has released a 360 video that takes prospective graduate students on a virtual tour of the UNL Architectural Engineering Program! Get an inside look at the Nebraska Acoustics Group Lab (PKI Room 210) and Acoustics Testing Chamber (PKI Room 131). To experience the 360 video fully, access it through the YouTube app on your mobile device, or on Firefox or Chrome web browsers. We are also particularly pleased with the recent UNL Graduate Studies slogan: Come Make Waves Where There Is No Ocean! If you are interested in studying with our acoustics group, please contact Dr. Lily Wang or Dr. Erica Ryherd.
A dinner in honor of Dr. Joonhee Lee (3rd from right)
Congratulations to Joonhee Lee, who successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation “The Effects of Tones in Noise on Human Annoyance and Performance” on February 15, 2016, advised by Dr. Lily Wang! As Joonhee is a fan of seafood, we all went to Bonefish Grill to celebrate!
For 2016, we have decided to hold NAG meetings monthly through the academic year, rather than every two to three weeks. At the January meeting, Brenna Boyd discussed the current state-of-the-art related to acoustics in Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM is being used more and more widely in the design and construction of buildings, and we discussed how acoustics could be more successfully integrated into the BIM process. The ‘acoustic nugget’ discussed photoacoustic imaging, specifically the scholarly work of Dr. Lihong Wang as featured on NPR. At February’s NAG meeting, Jay Bliefnick presented on the results of a number of measurement trials he made with new room acoustic measurement equipment in the NAG lab. The nugget featured Manchester’s Beetham Tower which produces eerie howls particularly windy days. See it captured on social media!
UNASA Treasurer, Jon Weber models the new UNASA T-shirt!
The University of Nebraska ASA Student Group has designed a fabulous new T-shirt for 2016, featuring four famous acousticians! (Can you name them?) If you’d like to have one of these for your very own, please contact the UNASA student group.