Overview (AVE)

Current ASA Meeting - Acoustics Virtually Everywhere (AVE)

International Year of Sound 2020

179th Meeting
Acoustics Virtually Everywhere
7-11 December 2020

Meeting Cancelled 180th Meeting Cancun, Mexico 9-13 November 2020
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Seattle, WA
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180th Meeting
Seattle, Washington
7-11 June 2021
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Sydney, Australia
6-10 December 2021
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Acoustics Virtually Everywhere
The 179th Meeting of the
Acoustical Society of America

7-11 December 2020
(Note new dates)

Overview of Acoustics Virtually Everywhere (AVE)

The technical sessions will occur during AVE week, between December 7 – 11, 2020. Many administrative and business committees will meet the previous week from November 30 – December 4, 2020 in order to minimize conflicts with technical sessions. Committees include those such as College of Fellows, ASA Books, and Publication Policy. Detailed schedules for all events, including social events, will be posted as they emerge over the fall.

Technical sessions will begin daily at 9:30 a.m., have a mid-day break, and end about 4:20 pm (meeting times given in Eastern Standard Time). During AVE week, the Keynote Lecture will be presented by James E. West and Ellington West on Monday at 4:30 p.m., the Open Meetings of the Technical Committees will start at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, while the all-society Plenary will begin Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Each lecture will be pre-recorded as a video. Lectures will be grouped topically into webinar sessions with a chair and will include live dialogues with attendees. Digital posters will be produced based choices of templates, each with many panels. Posters include many flexible features, especially multi-media options. Posters will also be grouped topically into sessions. Poster sessions will allow presenters to have live Q&A time. Instructions and tutorial videos from vendors for both lecture and poster sessions will be posted by the end of September.

All lecture videos and poster will be uploaded to our AVE home site. These presentations will then be available on-demand one week before AVE week and then continuously until 30 days afterwards. Session schedules will be posted online to indicate when presenters will be available for dialogue during AVE week.

Based on experiences of other related scientific societies, Acoustics Virtually Everywhere will be an exciting experience before, during and after our meeting week.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Hearing Science

University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI


The Child Hearing Lab (https://chear.waisman.wisc.edu/; PI: Viji Easwar) at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on projects that use electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioral methods to understand developmental aspects of speech encoding during early childhood.

Salary: NIH postdoc pay rate (depending on experience)
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start date: Fall 2020
Anticipated end date: Fall 2023 (The fellowship is a 3-year appointment, funded by the NIH)
Deadline to apply: Open until filled

Requirements: Ph.D. in Hearing Science, Audiology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Physics/ Engineering, Computer Science, or related disciplines is required. Technical skills in signal processing and programming are highly desired. Previous research experience in EEG, neuroplasticity, psychoacoustics, and clinical audiology certification are desired but not mandatory.

About the position: The position will involve setting up experiments, data collection/overseeing data collection, processing, analysis, and interpretation of EEG, and behavioral data. It is expected that the applicant will write, and assist in the writing of, manuscripts and grant applications, and attend conferences to present data. The position involves collaboration with Dr. Sriram Boothalingam (Efferent Systems Lab) on calibration-related aspects. Several Doctor of Audiology and undergraduate students take part in research in the lab providing mentorship opportunities for the postdoctoral fellow. Opportunities to gain experience in other methods like otoacoustic emissions and imaging (fMRI/fNIRS) are available through collaborations at the Waisman Center.

The University of Wisconsin, Madison has a rich history of hearing research with researchers spanning across departments such as Communication Sciences and Disorders, Neuroscience, Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology, and Population Health Sciences. The environment is collegial and highly conducive for research and sharing ideas. The Waisman Center, where the lab is located, houses more than 50 researchers from 27 departments working towards understanding human development and developmental disabilities and has several graduate students and postdocs, providing an excellent community for peer networking. Madison is a vibrant and naturally beautiful city well-known for food options, and provisions for several outdoor activities, including well-maintained and connected bike paths.

Interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement/summary of research interests and contact information of two references to Viji (veaswar@wisc.edu). For more details about the position, feel free to contact Viji via email/phone (Phone: 630-402-1202).

Lead Acoustic Consultant

RNS Acoustics

Location: San Diego, CA 

RNS Acoustics is currently seeking an experienced acoustical consultant for their San Diego office. A successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

– Bachelors in Acoustics, Electrical, Mechanical, Physics, Mathematics or similar field of study.
– Will also accept an associate’s degree in acoustical engineering

– 3 -5+ years of experience in acoustic consulting (required)
– Able to prepare technical reports for multi-faceted acoustic analysis and design.
– Strong skills in MS Word and MS Excel.
– Familiarity with acoustic measurements and reporting standards, including ASTM E1007, E336, E413, E989 and C423.
– 2D and 3D CAD experience (Experience reviewing, verifying and marking up architectural, electrical and mechanical plans)
– Thorough understanding of various acoustic analysis software such as Insul, Ease, Mezzo, Dewesoft, Olive Tree Labs, REW
– Solid mathematical fundamentals relating to acoustic calculations.
– Exceptional technical writing and presentation skills
– Familiarity with data acquisition and digital signal processing.

Job Duties
– Able to perform, or quickly acquire the skills to perform, all facets of acoustic measurements, analysis and reporting.
– Conduct STC, IIC, RT60 and vibration field measurements as well as CNEL and noise studies required by various cities.
– Analyzing transmission loss data, impact isolation data, reverberation time data and vibration data.
– Developing acoustically robust floor and wall assembly details.
– Create 2D construction drawings detailing recommendations.
– Create noise models for environmental analysis such as barrier, terrain and traffic noise.
– Familiarity with LEED Acoustic guidelines.
– Site Verification visits to ensure proper installation of provided specifications
– Managing projects for delivery of services on time and within budget
– Drafting proposals and providing qualification for potential projects.
– Manage and delegate to one or more associate engineers.
– Interacting with clients and presenting reports/ recommendations in a clear and easy to understand manner.

Additional Skills (not required, but a plus)
– Draftsight
– Sketchup
– Python/Matlab or other software development
– Some travel will be required. Frequency depends on client needs.

– This is a full-time position with benefits (Health, Dental Vision) as well as Paid Time Off and Holidays. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications of the successful applicant.

Work Environment
Combination of in office and remote.
RNS Acoustics is a five year old acoustic consulting company based out of southern California. We offer acoustic and vibration solutions for everything from home studios to multi-million dollar facilities. Typical projects include industrial equipment vibration isolation, HVAC noise reduction, noise barrier design, amphitheater acoustic design, studio design and architectural acoustic design. We service clients all across the USA including the University of California San Diego, Rush Cycle Studios, Orange Theory Fitness, HP Inc, Northrup Grumman, Kirei USA, and Westcoat Specialty Systems. We are always looking for new challenges and opportunities.

At RNS we pride ourselves in our relaxed small business/entrepreneurial environment. As a relatively new company, each team member’s opinion is valued, and all viewpoints considered before major decisions are made. We offer flexible working hours, based on each individual’s needs, all we ask is that you meet your deadlines, communicate with the team, and maintain excellent relationships with our clients.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@rnsacoustics.com

Funded Ph.D. Position in Elastodynamic Modeling

Penn State University

Location:  University Park, PA

Applications are sought for a research assistantship in the field of wave propagation modeling. The position is supported by a monthly stipend and tuition and fees towards a PhD degree for up to four years (subject to satisfactory progress). The start date is flexible (January 2021 preferred). The student will be based in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (www.esm.psu.edu) at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, USA (www.psu.edu). To qualify for this position, you must satisfy the PhD admission requirements set by the department and university.

The work will be to study the effects of microstructural modifications in ice composites on wave propagation and scattering through multiscale modeling, as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The long-term goal of the project is to introduce a new material specifically designed to couple ultrasonic signals with the bulk of geometrically complex components. The material will be a new form of ice loaded with solid particles to yield tunable rigidity and mass density which are critical for the effectiveness of ultrasonic testing. The proposed work will create a new mathematical framework to model wave propagation in particle reinforced composites that lies at the convergence of physics-based analytical approaches and numerical unit cell methods. By merging analytical and data-driven strategies, this work uncovers innovative multiscale approaches to the study of wave propagation in media with complex microstructures. You will focus on the analytical framework of the problem, which is based on homogenization methods that seek to establish the macroscopic wave displacement by ensemble averaging the microscale behavior. Throughout the project, you will work in close collaboration with a PhD student developing the numerical framework (position filled).

If you are interested in this position, please send your full CV and a cover letter describing your expertise, goals and why you are interested in pursuing this PhD position to the project principal investigator, Prof. Andrea P. Arguelles at arguelles@psu.edu. Please include CRYOULTRASOUND as the first word in the subject of your email. Qualifying applicants will be contacted for a follow-up videoconference interview over Zoom.

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