Lee receives 2015 Newman Student Medal

Congratulations to Joonhee Lee, who has been selected to receive a 2015 Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics, which recognizes excellence in the study of acoustics and its application to architecture!  He was nominated by Dr. Lily Wang and Dr. Erica Ryherd for his research on how tones in building mechanical system noise impact human annoyance perception and task performance.

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NAG at ICSV 22 in Florence (July 2015)

NAG members celebrate ICSV22 with dinner in Florence, Italy

NAG members celebrate ICSV22 with dinner in Florence, Italy

Dr. Lily Wang presented one of the keynote lectures and three NAG graduate students (Hyun Hong, Joonhee Lee, and Devin Wong) each presented technical papers at the International Congress on Sound and Vibration 22 in Florence, on July 12-16, 2015. While it was amazingly hot in Florence, we all enjoyed networking with acousticians from around the world and eating the wonderful Italian cuisine.

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Rathsam presents on NASA’s supersonic aircraft research

Dr. Jonathan Rathsam with Dr. Lily Wang during recent visit

Dr. Jonathan Rathsam with Dr. Lily Wang during recent visit

We welcomed Dr. Jonathan Rathsam (PhD ’08) back to Nebraska on June 26, 2015.  He presented on the work he’s conducting at NASA regarding perception of low-level sonic booms from new styles of supersonic aircraft that are under development.  Jonathan was off next to an international conference on sonic booms in Lyon, France, at which he would run into another NAG alum, Dr. Michelle Vigeant (PhD ’08) … what a small world acoustics can be!

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Hong receives 2015 Martin Hirschorn IAC Prize

Congratulations to Hyun Hong who has been named the recipient of the 2015 Martin Hirschorn IAC Prize awarded for a Graduate Student Project, from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering! Hyun is currently a PhD student in our program, studying the perception of reflection density in room impulse responses.  He will be recognized during the Award Ceremony on August 12, 2015 at the Internoise 2015 meeting in San Francisco.

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Lee receives 2015-16 UNL Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship

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.

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Blevins receives 2015 Leo Beranek Student Medal

Blevins-2015BeranekMedalCongratulations 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.

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NAG at ASA Conference in Pittsburgh (May 2015)

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Dr. Lily Wang flanked by current and past NAG members upon receiving the 2015 ASA Student Council Mentoring Award ‘Apple’

A number of NAG members participated in the last ASA conference in Pittsburgh (May 18-22, 2015).  Matt Blevins, Madeline Davidson, and Joonhee Lee all presented technical papers that were well-received.  We are also very proud of Jay Bliefnick who received a commendation award for his ASA Student Design Competition entry (the only winning entry designed by a team of only one student)!  There were a large number of NAG alums at the conference, many of whom stopped by NAG Game Night after the TCAA meeting on Tuesday – we particularly enjoyed ‘One Night Ultimate Werewolf’ (thanks James Cottrell!) and ‘Ticket to Ride’!  Many alums were also on hand to see Dr. Lily Wang receive an engraved crystal apple as a memento of the 2015 ASA Student Council Mentoring Award.  Check out additional photos on our Picasa webpage.

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Stuart Shell, M.S.

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.

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Wang named 2015 recipient of ASA Student Council Mentoring Award

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!

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NAG End-of-the-Year Party 2015

NAG-EOTYP-15The Nebraska Acoustics Group celebrated the end of another great academic year on Tuesday, May 5, at Spielbound BoardGame Cafe in Omaha which houses over 1400 board games.  It happened to be Cinco de Mayo, so of course, Qdoba was served!  NAG members tried out a number of different games including: Werewolf, Tsuro, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan.  We’re hoping to bring some of these to the upcoming ASA meeting in Pittsburgh for NAG Game Night (Tuesday, May 19, starting at 9 PM in Sterlings 2-3)!

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