Acoustics Students Win International Architectural Acoustics Design Competition

At the 2014 Acoustical Society of America conference in Providence, R.I., it was announced that the submission by the University of Hartford's undergraduate acoustics program had won FIRST HONORS in an Architectural Acoustics Student Design Competition.

The UHart team was comprised of Lucas Johnson '14 and Wesley Axtell '14, both graduates of our BSE Acoustical Engineering and Music program, and Rachael Kline '14, who graduated with a BS in Architectural Engineering Technology.

This competition is intended to encourage students to express their knowledge of architectural acoustics and noise control in the design of a facility in which acoustical considerations are of significant importance. Designs are submitted as posters, and are judged by practicing architects and acoustical engineers. All posters are judged solely on their content and are anonymous — the names of the students and school are placed in an envelope on the back of the poster, and are not revealed until the winner has been selected.

There were 15 posters submitted, and nearly all of the other posters were submitted by graduate programs in acoustics. Submissions came from not only across America, but from Europe and Asia. In fact, the runners-up were from the graduate acoustics programs at Chalmers (Sweden) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Lucas Johnson is from Chatham, Illinois, and has recently accepted a position with AKRF Acoustic Consultants in New York City. Wesley Axtell is from Londonderry, N.H., and is currently a graduate student in the master's program in acoustics at Penn State University. Rachael Kline, Axtell's fiancee, has accompanied him to State College, PA.

Posted: July 2014