UC Students Claim Noise-Con Honors

By: Desiré Bennett

Several UC mechanical engineering students received awards for various papers and presentations at Noise-Con 2013 held in Denver, CO. August 26-28th, 2013.

UC students from the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science were recognized for their various papers and presentations at Noise-Con 2013, the US national noise control conference. Among them were students from the PhD, master’s and bachelor’s program in the mechanical engineering department.

“Our students continue to demonstrate quality on every level – whether in the classroom, the research lab or at a conference,” said Interim CEAS Dean Dr. Teik C. Lim. “And these distinctions are just another example of the college’s long-standing tradition of excellence.”

The following is a list of the awards received:

►   Mechanical engineering PhD graduate Glenn Pietila received $1000 as one of five INCE/USA Noise-Con 2013 Student Paper Competition Awards, for his paper “Identifying varying preferences in a paired comparison jury study using unsupervised clustering techniques.” The paper was co-authored by Dr. Teik C. Lim who also served as Pietila’s advisor.

►   Mechanical engineering PhD student Guohua Sun received $1000 and was the only award for the best presentation on “Old Meets New and Noise Control Education.”  Sun presented the overview of Olson H. and May E.’s 1953 paper on “Electronic Sound Absorber.”

►   Mechanical engineering master’s student Vignesh Jayakumar, received the Michiko So Finegold award for entry of the paper “Design and evaluation of noise control measures for a pneumatic nail gun.” Jay Kim, PhD, served as Jayakumar’s advisor.

►   The Leo Beranek Student Medal for Excellence in the Study of Noise Control was awarded to mechanical engineering undergraduate student Andrew Hubbard for his pneumatic nail gun noise reduction project and to PhD graduate Glenn Pietila for his adaptive jury analysis method to improve commonly used Bradley-Terry model for sound quality assessment, including development of a nested artificial neural network to improve interpretation of paired comparison results

According to the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Noise-Con 2013, the US national noise control conference, offered a broad program of sessions on a variety of noise control topics including: techniques to help measure, understand and model noise sources and how the sound propagates; methods to control and reduce noise sources in buildings and other environments that people occupy; design of noise control materials and systems; low frequency noise; environmental and community noise; noise from renewable and tradition power generation; construction noise; noise policy; soundscapes: quiet spaces, national parks, urban parks, cityscapes; how sound effects people: annoyance, sleep disturbance, hearing and hearing protection; transportation & machinery noise; noise in manufacturing facilities; sound quality and product sound design.

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