Recent CETA Grads Win Acoustical Society Award

Robert Tanen and Jonathan Silver, both 2008 graduates of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), won first prize in the Best Student Paper Award competition held
at the recent 156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society
of America (ASA) in Miami, Fla.

Tanen and Silver followed in the footsteps of
Samantha “Sammi” Rawlings ‘07 and Joshua Magee ’07, who won first prize in the same competition last year. In both cases, undergraduates from the University of Hartford beat out graduate students from other schools in the oral/written paper competition.

The presentation by Tanen and Silver was among a number of sessions on architectural acoustics held throughout the conference by both professional researchers and students. The winners were selected by a subcommittee of ASA judges, who anonymously attended each session and scored student participants based upon the content of their papers and the quality of their presentations.

Tanen and Silver presented the results of their undergraduate research project on the acoustic signatures of footfall noise. Their project was an in-depth follow up to the Rawlings/Magee study, and involved adding additional floor profiles, correlating the results of the human walkers to the sounds produced by a standard tapping machine, and comparing the footfall's air borne noise to the amount of vibration produced in the floor below each test subject.

The measurements were made in the Reverberation Room within CETA’s Acoustics Engineering Laboratory. The project was part of a second research grant from the Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation obtained by their advisor, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Bob Celmer ‘78.

Tanen graduated magna cum laude in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, majoring in acoustical engineering and music. Originally from Harleysville, Penn., Tanen is currently an acoustical engineer with Shen, Milsom & Wilke Consultants, Inc. in New York City.

Silver graduated summa cum laude in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an acoustics concentration. A native of Newtown, Conn., Silver is currently attending graduate school at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Posted: January 22, 2009