Graduate Research Assistant

The University of Massachusetts Lowell

Location: Lowell, Massachusetts

Graduate Research Assistant (Fully-Funded†) openings (PhD††/MS) Spring/Summer/Fall 2020

Research Assistantship Opening # 1:
Acoustics-based Damage Detection from Operational Wind Turbine Blades
Preferred Start Date: Spring/Summer/Fall 2020
The student in this position will develop and test an acoustic sensor network that is needed for damage detection and identification from operational wind turbine blades. This student is expected to have, or motivated to develop, background in acoustics and vibrations, signal processing and machine learning as well as testing and data analysis.
The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in data collection, analysis, and algorithm development. Working knowledge of Matlab/Python, and motivation to learn signal processing, structural health monitoring and machine learning algorithms is preferred. This position requires a high GPA, and satisfactory GRE and TOEFL scores (International students only), work ethics, integrity, motivation and collegiality. Contact Prof. Murat Inalpolat at Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu with your updated resume, if interested.

Research Assistantship Opening # 2:
Analytical and Computational Aeroacoustics for Structural Health Monitoring of Operational Wind Turbine Blades
Preferred Start Date: Spring/Summer/Fall 2020
The researcher in this position will develop and use analytical/computational aero-acoustics simulation tools to assess wind turbine blade damage using acoustic measurements/predictions. The computational tools will also be used to optimize the damage detection. Coupled fluid-acoustic and/or high-fidelity predictive tools for aero-acoustics prediction will be considered/developed/used in this research. Analytical and computational modeling will be achieved using tools that will be developed in-house by the student as well as through the use of commercially available tools such as Ansys, Comsol, etc. This student is also expected to help conduct acoustic measurements, analyze and interpret the data collected and help make design decisions related to the acoustic sensing systems. The work is predominantly geared towards wind energy and wind turbine blade structural health monitoring. However, this researcher is expected to continuously learn and help the team with other related work in the near future. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in scientific computing, aerodynamics and/or aero-acoustics, optimization, structural health monitoring, and wind turbine hardware procurement and testing. Working knowledge of Matlab, and motivation to learn other CFD and acoustic modeling tools, and analytical modeling of acoustic sources and acoustic radiation is preferred. This position requires a high GPA, and satisfactory GRE and TOEFL scores (International students only), work ethics, integrity, motivation and collegiality. Contact Prof. Murat Inalpolat at Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu with your updated resume, if interested.

Research Assistantship Opening # 3:
Machine Learning based Optimal Sensor Placement for Aerospace Applications
Preferred Start Date: Spring/Summer/Fall 2020
The student in this position is expected to work on developing and testing machine learning algorithms for optimal sensor placement. The algorithms developed will be applied on a variety of applications related to vibrations, acoustics, and other related fields. Matlab/Python will be used to develop supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms for damage detection from aerospace structures and related applications using minimum number of optimally-placed sensors. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in machine learning, probabilistic approaches, optimization, structural health monitoring, algorithm development and coding. Fluency in Matlab (and/or Python), and motivation to learn other modeling and analysis tools is preferred. This position requires a high GPA, and satisfactory GRE and TOEFL scores (International students only), work ethics, integrity, motivation and collegiality. Contact Prof. Murat Inalpolat at Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu with your updated resume, if interested.

Research Assistantship Opening #4:
Dynamic Modeling, Analysis and Testing of Automotive Transmission Components and Subsystems
Preferred Start Date: Spring/Summer/Fall 2020
The student in this position will develop analytical and computational tools for vibration/noise modeling and suppression from automotive manual and automatic transmissions. The student will develop a probabilistic dynamic model of a subsystem of a passenger car transmission operating under linear/nonlinear/stochastic dynamic excitations. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in multibody dynamics, mechanical vibrations of discrete and continuous systems, probabilistic approaches, optimization, and Matlab programming. Experience with computer programming and graphical user interface design is preferred. This position requires a high GPA, and satisfactory GRE and TOEFL scores (International students only), work ethics, integrity, motivation and collegiality. Contact Prof. Murat Inalpolat at Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu with your updated resume, if interested.

† Fully-funded: Full-tuition, stipend, health insurance, and fees will be paid by the advisor.
†† PhD students are preferred, but MS students with outstanding background will be considered.
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UMass Lowell is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Technical Committees and Administrative Committees

ASA Membership

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Technical Committees and Administrative Committees

Download 2019-2020 Committee Membership Booklet

Technical Committees

The thirteen technical committees of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), which meet at the semiannual ASA meetings, provide the focus for members’ technical interests.

Read the  2018-2019 Annual Reports, 2017-2018 Annual Reports2016-2017 Annual Reports, 2014-2015 Annual Reports

The technical committees play an important role in arranging technical sessions for the meetings (see Guildelines for Organizers of Special Sessions), promoting new developments in their respective fields, representing the Society in joint sponsorship of meetings with other organizations, and assuming responsibility for their particular coverage of subject matter in publications of the Society. Committees also promote improved educational facilities for the study of acoustics. The technical committees host open meetings at each ASA meeting.

Members of the Society are encouraged to maintain close contact with the committees in their fields of interest. Members who are interested in being appointed to serve on a technical committee should send a message to asa@aip.org

Congratulations to the New Fellows Elected at the fall 2019 meeting

Cynthia G. Clopper

For contributions to the acoustics and
perception of dialect variation

Michael R. Haberman

For contributions to acoustic
metamaterials and heterogeneous
acoustic media

Joel Mobley

For contributions to the ultrasonic
characterization of dispersive systems

Kuangcheng Wu

For contributions to the computational
evaluation of acoustic radiation
from submerged structures

 

Stanislav Emelianov

For contributions in photoacoustic,
molecular, and ultrasound elasticity imaging

Rolf Mueller

For advancing knowledge of the
acoustics underlying echolocation in bats

Linda Polka

For contributions to native and non-native
speech perception in infants and adults

Xiaoming Zhang

For contributions to ultrasound surface wave
elastography in biomedic

 

Entry Level Acoustical Consultant

Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC,

Location: Culver City, CA

Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC is seeking to hire an entry-level acoustical consultant to work in our office located in Culver City, California.

Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC has been in business for over twenty five years.  Consultants at our company provide a full range of acoustical consulting services including architectural acoustics, building services noise and vibration control, community and environmental acoustics and acoustical troubleshooting.  Our office works on a broad range of project types including television and movie studios, radio and recording studios, corporate headquarters, courts and other civic buildings, educational facilities, healthcare, residential, resorts and hotels, laboratories, libraries, museums, performing arts spaces, screening rooms, theaters and worship spaces.  Clients served include all major Hollywood movie studios, tech companies, major global corporations, governments and academic institutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviewing architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing drawings.
  • Providing sound isolation and acoustical finish recommendations.
  • Using software to predict mechanical noise levels and recommending appropriate noise control.
  • Providing vibration isolation specifications for electrical, plumbing and elevator systems.
  • Carrying out noise surveys of project sites and recommending upgrades to building exteriors as needed to meet interior noise level criteria.
  • Noise control of emergency generators and other outdoor equipment.
  • Acoustical testing and troubleshooting.
  • Vibration measurements.
  • Analysis of noise and vibration data.
  • Understanding of acoustics standards.
  • Reviewing and responding to requests for information and product submittals during construction.
  • Visiting projects during construction to determine if they are being built per the plans.
  • Preparation of technical reports and communicating with clients.
  • Attending meetings to discuss and present reports.
  • Effective time management to meet deadlines on multiple projects.

 

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree (preferred) in acoustics, or a related subject.
  • Experience with Word and Excel.

 

Beneficial Experience

  • Experience with TAP, CATT Acoustic, Auto CAD, Revit and EASERA.
  • Experience with both Bruel and Kjaer and Larson Davis sound level meters and software.
  • Knowledge of common architectural terms, structures, building systems and design practices.
  • Ability to read, understand, interpret and analyze architectural and technical drawings, specifications and other related materials.

 

Professional Skills

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities.
  • Excellent writing, listening and verbal communications skills, with a strong commitment to learning.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task, work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment, interface effectively with management, and handle multiple requests.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.
  • Proactive, conscientious and flexible, with a strong work ethic.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Passion for acoustics, building/construction, and design.
  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information.

 

Training and Benefits

  • We aim to fully train entry level consultants in all of the duties and responsibilities listed above within two to three years of joining the company.
  • We offer competitive salaries and outstanding benefits including:
    • Fifteen days of paid vacation per year for starting employees.
    • Seven paid holidays per year.
    • Five days of paid sick leave per year.
    • Health and dental coverage.
    • 401k plan with company contributions.
    • Long term disability insurance.
    • Reimbursement of relocation expenses.

 

Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States. Qualified applicants are invited to send a resume and salary requirements to martin@newsonacoustics.com.  Both graduates and people with work experience are welcome to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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