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works on a variety of Navy submarine design and R&D programs. Mr. Aldrich has been employed at Electric Boat for the past 14 years. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and a BA degree in German from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Engineering degree with concentration in Acoustics from the Pennsylvania State University.

Massey Appointed Director

Dr. Kevin Massey will be the new director of the Aerospace and Aeronautics Division of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne Australia effective February 2011 where his duties will be split between teaching, developing research programs and leading the division. There he hopes to grow the research program and introduce new curriculum in the field of unmanned systems. He has previously spent nearly 20 years at the Aerospace and Acoustics Division of the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta Georgia, where he performed jet noise research and research on UAVs, smart munitions, and other defense related programs.

"Technology for a Quieter America"

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently published ‘Technology for a Quieter America,’ a comprehensive summary of noise control engineering in the United States. The publication culminates nearly five years of study and workshops at the NAE, led by George Maling, and lists several recommendations on:

  • Improving environmental noise metrics;

  • Strengthening hazardous noise regulations;

  • Developing and deploying noise control technology for aircraft, road, and building noise;

  • Developing product noise emission standards and regulations;

  • Educating more noise control engineers; and

  • Better educating the public about noise and noise control.

‘Technology for a Quieter America’ not only provides strong, well substantiated guidance to our government and industry, but is also a useful guide to the basics of noise control engineering, including several chapters and appendices that professionals will find to be handy references. The publication is available for purchase at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record id=12928.

Penn State students rank loudest college basketball arenas

A team of Penn State graduate students, from the Graduate Program in Acoustics and the Center for Acoustics and Vibration (CAV) helped ESPN – The Magazine rank order the loudest college basketball arenas in the country. The results of the study, published in the November 5, 2010 issue and also available online, showed that Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, and New Mexico have the loudest venues. The students, led by Micah Shepherd, a PhD student, and advised by Dr. Stephen Hambric, combined estimates of direct and reverberant sound fields inside the arenas using classical acoustics models based on internal dimensions and sound absorption coefficients. The students plan to publish their work in an acoustics journal soon. For more information on Penn State’s Acoustic program (that also provides degrees via distance education) and the CAV, please see: www.acs.psu.edu and www.cav.psu.edu.

Noise Control and Acoustic Division Newsletter, January 2011

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