Paul + Arena win Leo Beranek Excellence in Noise Control Medal

For the fourth year in a row, 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 Adam Paul and David Arena were presented the awards as a surprise announcement during the May 2014 Commencement Ceremonies.

Activity noise can be a significant component of the ambient sound in occupied spaces such as hospitals.The team studied the effects of resilient flooring on the noise levels produced by a variety of hospital activities. Noise from footfalls, rolling medical carts, etc., is highly dependent on floor treatments within a given indoor environment. They found that it was possible to choose certain resilient floor products that produced low sound levels similar to carpet, but had surface textures that could meet the disinfection and ease of maintenance requirements in a health care environment. The team engineered novel testing apparatus to make their acoustics evaluations.

Adam graduated summa cum laude in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, majoring in Acoustical Engineering and Music. Originally from East Falmouth, MA, Adam Paul is currently an acoustical engineer with Shen, Milsom & Wilkie, LLC in New York City.

David graduated cum laude in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Concentration in Acoustics. A native of Shrewsbury, MA, David Areana is currently an acoustical engineer at Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates, Inc. in Whippany, New Jersey.

Posted: July 2014