Thomas J. Royston

The Fall 1999 issue of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Mechanical Engineering Newsletter claims that "Carrying golf bags and studying vibrations don't go hand in hand; however, these and other activities are always on Tom Royston's wavelength." Tom, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, worked as a golf caddy during junior high and high school that helped him earn an Evans Scholarship for undergraduate study at The Ohio State University (OSU). The Evans Scholar Foundation is a charitable trust founded by golfer Charles "Chick" Evans, Jr.

James J. Finneran

James J. Finneran completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in History at the Ohio State University in June 1990. Jim was interested in bio-applications of mechanical engineering and quickly became acquainted with acoustics by studying ultrasonic fields controlled by conical waveguides.

Andrew J. Oxenham

Andrew Oxenham has an English father and a German mother but was born in the USA, which no doubt is linked to the fact that he speaks German, English and American fluently. He became an excellent piano player while quite young, as his parents told him "you can stay up late if you practice; otherwise, you have to go to bed. His interest in music led him to take a bachelor degree in Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) at the University of Surrey, England, achieving First Class Honors (a rare event for that subject).

Robin O. Cleveland

Robin Olav Cleveland was born near London on 18 February 1967. With his Norwegian mother, British father, and younger brother, Robin moved in 1973 to Rotorua, New Zealand, a small town known among other things for its boiling mud pools and geysers. After graduating from high school in 1984, Robin moved to Trondheim, Norway, for one year before returning to New Zealand to enter the Department of Physics at University of Auckland. There he came in contact with two of the acoustics faculty, Gary Bold and Sze Tan, who eventually guided him toward his present career.

Paul E. Barbone

Paul E. Barbone was born on 18 November 1965, in Long Beach, California. His family moved to the New York City area when Paul was two, but eventually settled in Goshen, a small city situated midway between the Hudson and Delaware rivers in southern New York state. At Goshen Central High School, his calculus teacher Mr. Lyons, was a major stimulant in awakening Paul's interest in applied mathematics and the science of mechanics.

Robert L. Clark

At the age of 11, Rob Clark began playing bluegrass music with a 5-string banjo. He played for many years, and throughout this period, his fascination with stringed instruments grew as did his interest in the field of acoustics. He enrolled in the engineering program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI) at the age of 18 and studied mechanical engineering while concurrently working as a cooperative education student for a local servo motor company (Inland Motor).

D. Keith Wilson

Atmospheric acoustics is inherently an interdisciplinary subject. Consequently, a deep understanding of the beauty and science of sound in the atmosphere requires mastery of the forefronts of both acoustics and meteorology. D. Keith Wilson, the young scientist we are honoring today, is someone who has mastered these two disciplines along with a wide spectrum of sophisticated engineering and mathematical techniques.

Victor W. Sparrow

Victor W. Sparrow was born on 18 February 1963 at Schilling AFB near Salina, Kansas, but spent almost all of his childhood within the environs of Roanoke, Virginia, where he attended public schools. He was an eclectic childhood with many interests; among those with a long-term influence was a fascination with computers and an appreciation of music. He was by all accounts a very good student and was Co-Salutatorian in a graduating class of the order of 400.

Beverly A. Wright

Beverly Ann Wright is one of those people that came to a career in acoustics via a circuitous route. First came music. In high school, she was an accomplished clarinet player who—after a flirtation with aeronautics—considered being a professional musician. Accordingly, she applied to Indiana University's prestigious School of Music, where she spent about a year as a music major and member of IU's elite marching band. By her sophomore year in college, Bev found herself drawn toward courses outside music—first to English, then to experimental psychology.

Robert P. Carlyon

Robert P. Carylon (Bob) was born in 1959 in Weymouth, Dorset on the fringes of Hardy country. He graduated from Weymouth Grammar School with high "A"-level grades in Mathematics, Economics, and French, securing a place at the University of Sussex to read Experimental Psychology. There he was part of an outstanding year of undergraduate students, many of whom subsequently became university teachers in Cognitive Psychology. It was not immediately apparent either to his peers or to his teachers that Bob's destiny lay in academic distinction.

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