Cutler & Zheng win Leo Beranek Excellence in Noise Control Medal

For five straight years, acoustical engineering students at the University of Hartford have won a highly selective award called the Leo Beranek Student Medal for Excellence in the Study of Noise Control. The team of Christopher Cutler and Kevin Zheng were presented the awards as a surprise announcement during the May 2015 Commencement Ceremonies.

The student team undertook a statistical analysis of road traffic noise in the vicinity of I-84 and I-91. Twenty-four hour measurements were made for over 4 weeks using remote measurement equipment, installed on an outdoor balcony of the Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford, CT. SImultaneous meterological conditions were also monitored and the resulting noise plots indicated strong diurnal patterns especially during Monday–Friday commuting days. These data laid the groundwork for subsequent phases of road traffic characterization and prediction.

Chris graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, majoring in Acoustical Engineering and Music. Originally from Granby, CT, Chris Cutler is currently an acoustic specialist at the Volpe Center of the US Department of Transportation in Cambridge, MA.

Kevin graduated magna cum laude in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, majoring in Acoustical Engineering and Music. A native of Colchester, CT, Kevin Zheng is currently an acoustical engineer in the Ship Signatures department at General Dynamcis Electric Boat in Groton, CT.