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B. Paul, Editor


Report from the Chair

Jeffrey S. Vipperman

NCAD saw a great turnout at IMECE 2010 in Vancouver, BC Canada. This lovely waterside venue brought more international participation, but perhaps less participation from the US as foreign travel tightened up under economic pressures. As usual, NCAD hosted a wine and cheese reception afterwards. Next year, IMECE will be in Denver, Colorado, during November 1117, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. In 2012, NCAD plans to depart from IMECE to join with the INCE InterNoise 2012 Conference in New York City. NCAD had a very successful joint conference with INCE (NoiseCon) back in 2008.

Currently, NCAD is still comprised of three technical committees: 1) Active and Passive Noise Control, 2) Aero/Hydro Acoustics, and 3) Structural Acoustics. In recent years, we’ve seen a growth in conference papers in the area of phononic materials, which fits nicely under the purview of the Structural Acoustics Technical Committee. Membership has held flat at about 620 primary members and about 1200 primary and secondary members and I’m pleased to report that our finances are very healthy. Over the past year, Steve Hambric, Mike Jonson, and Henry Scarton worked to revise the NCAD Operating Guide and ByLaws to reflect our current operating procedures and meet ASME requirements. At the society level, there is a slight chance that the technical divisions of ASME will be reorganized. Currently, NCAD is one of five divisions that make up the Environment and Transportation Group. In all, ASME has 32 divisions across seven technical groups. The Technical Communities Operating Board (TCOB) of ASME has the responsibility to revise the structure of the Technical Groups by adding or deleting Divisions or Subdivisions or by reassigning such units as appropriate. Any restructuring could involve the renaming, rescoping, or merger of technical divisions, if desired. We are told that no restructuring will occur without extensive communications and every division will be involved in evaluating options. In short, NCAD will not support reorganization unless we end up grouped with other divisions that are considered more synergistic.

I personally invite you to get involved with NCAD.

There are multiple ways to contribute: by

submitting and presenting technical papers, volunteering to help organize conference symposia, judging the student paper competition, contributing to the newsletter, participating in the NCAD General and/or Technical Meetings at IMECE, or contributing to workings of our three technical committees. In working with NCAD, I have enjoyed great networking opportunities and access to knowledge. I hope to see you at next year’s IMECE conference. If you would like to get more involved or want more information about NCAD, please feel free to contact me or anyone involved in the operation of NCAD. Contact information for the Executive Committee members can be found at: http://divisions.asme.org/NCAD/Executive Committee.cfm, while contact information for the three

Technical Committee Chairs can be found at:

Noise Control and Acoustic Division Newsletter, January 2011


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