ASA Statement on Racism and Injustice

ASA Statement on Racism and Injustice
June 3, 2020

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) strongly supports racial justice movements and the fight against systemic racism. The brutal killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, George Floyd, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have incited outrage and highlighted the deeply rooted racial injustices that persist in this country. We, as members of the ASA, are equally outraged. We recognize the profoundly damaging effects that police brutality, mass incarceration, and economic, health, and educational inequities have on Black people and communities of color. It is our responsibility to actively oppose racial injustices and understand the impact of our own implicit biases, acknowledging that we are sometimes complicit within an oppressive system.

The protests and current unrest in our nation and across the world are taking place amidst a global pandemic, which itself has disproportionately impacted people of color. The convergence of these events further highlights the urgent need for genuine change.

ASA is firmly committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive acoustics community as outlined in the ASA Policy on Diversity from 2013:

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is committed to making acoustics more accessible to everyone, and asserts that all individuals, regardless of racial identity, ethnic background, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or national origin, must be provided equal opportunity in the field of acoustics. The Society upholds the belief that diversity enriches the field of acoustics, and is working to diversify its membership and the acoustics community in general by identifying barriers to implementing this change, and is taking an active role in organizational and institutional efforts to bring about such change. The Society actively supports efforts by the acoustics community to better engage the knowledge and talents of a diverse population, increase the viability of acoustics as a career option for all individuals, and promote the pursuit of acoustics careers by members of historically under-represented groups.

We recognize that the membership of the ASA does not reflect the demographics of our nation and acknowledge our responsibility to fix this. We must strive to be advocates of justice, to support policy and legislative changes that will decrease systemic racism in our organization and nationally, and to work for institutional reform. The ongoing, deeply destructive effects of systemic racism must be simultaneously addressed at many levels including within ourselves, our local communities, the ASA, and our nation.

Finally, let us be clear: Black Lives Matter. Black lives should have always mattered. Now is the time to transform the system so that Black lives not only matter but also will be respected and valued in the tapestry that is the United States. Then and only then can the country finally live up to the ideals and principles on which it was founded.

Acoustics Designer

All Pro Integrated Systems

Location: Pensacola, FL

 

Job Title:         Acoustics Designer
Class:               Regular, Full-Time
FLSA Status:   Exempt
Reports To:     Operations Department

All Pro Integrated Systems is an audiovisual integration company.  Please view some of our projects at www.allprosystems.com.

General Description:

The Acoustics Designer is responsible for the design, quoting, administration and occasional on-site commissioning for acoustics projects.  The Acoustics Designer will conduct on-site measurements,  prepare subsequent reports, provide technical input, recommend technical alternatives, and develop cost estimates.  The Acoustics Designer works closely with the sales team and project manager to ensure the project design meets all client expectations relating to the project timeline and budgetary parameters. The Acoustics Designer also has the responsibility to oversee the commissioning and post-construction testing of projects where those services are required. The Acoustics Designer must maintain a comprehensive knowledge of applicable products, best practices, design calculations, standard construction pricing and modeling to effectively develop technical solutions and conceptual design specifications for prospective customers.

Overnight travel is required on an infrequent basis but can vary based on workload demands.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Interface with prospects and clients to clarify intent and/or review project documentation
  • Complete project designs based on client requirements, desires and budgets
  • Meet with sales staff to discuss client needs and review completed designs
  • Complete acoustic analysis reports, project scopes and acoustics drawings
  • Oversee the ordering of material
  • Communicate progress with Project Manager and Salesperson throughout the project’s life
  • Participate in periodic site visits and walk-throughs as required and issue subsequent documentation on design issues or construction punch list items.
  • Create and/or respond to RFI’s in a timely fashion
  • Coordinate with Project Manager on specific needs for acoustics commissioning
  • Participate in commissioning in coordination with the Project Manager when necessary
  • Attend final walk-thru with Project Manager, Customer and/or Salesperson when requested
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as credit card reconciliations, travel booking, etc.
  • Execute all construction completion reports to measure progress and final close out of job
  • Responsible for ongoing training, continuing education to keep current with available solutions, technical advancement and design trends

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service skills, and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Knowledge of acoustic products, best practices, calculations, and typical construction pricing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Must be responsible, self-motivated, self-starter, personable and well-organized
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement to ensure projects are completed by a specific date
  • Basic skill level in AutoCAD LT and Blue Beam
  • Experience and proficiency with acoustic modeling software
  • The ability to create, read and effectively interpret general business documents
  • Must be able to effectively handle stressful situations
  • Valid and current driver’s license


Education and Experience
:

  • The Designer shall possess a bachelor’s degree and 3 years industry experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience required to successfully perform the essential job duties of this position. The Acoustics Designer should possess knowledge of customer relations and communications, project management, and job costing

Physical demands and work environment:

Employee will be required to stand, sit, walk, bend, stoop, climb, use hands and fingers, reach, lift and push with hands and arms. Employee is frequently required to type, talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, depth vision and the ability to adjust focus. Employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.

This job description does not list all the duties of this position; others duties of a similar nature and level may be assigned. The management of All Pro reserves the right to revise this document at any time. This job description is not a contract for employment.  Requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

To Apply:  Please apply on our company career page, www.allprosystems.com/careers.

All Pro is a drug free workplace, a pre-employment drug screen is required along with a background check.  All Pro participates in E-Verify.

 

 

 

Congratulations to the following ASA members who were elected Fellows in May 2020

Alexander Francis

For contributions to understanding of cognitive-linguistic processes
in speech perception, and mentorship of future scientists

Siu-Kit Lau

For contributions to sustainable design
in building acoustics, and education

Eric Reuter

For contributions to architectural acoustics education
and service to the Society

Not pictured:
Jeewoong Choi

For contributions to the field of acoustic reflection
and scattering from the seabed and geoacoustic inversion

Bozena Kostek

For contributions to musical acoustics,
artificial intelligence, and education

Andrew Morrison

For service to the Society
and acoustics education outreach

K. Thomas Wong

For contributions to signal processing
of acoustic vector sensor arrays

Not pictured:
Efren Fernandez-Grande

For contributions to acoustic signal processing
for holography and sound field reconstruction

Congratulations to the New Fellows Elected in May 2020

Alexander Francis
For contributions to understanding of cognitive-linguistic processes in speech perception, and mentorship of future scientists

Bozena Kostek
For contributions to musical acoustics, artificial intelligence, and education

Siu-Kit Lau
For contributions to sustainable design in building acoustics, and education

Andrew Morrison
For service to the Society and acoustics education outreach

Eric Reuter
For contributions to architectural acoustics education and service to the Society

Kainam Wong
For contributions to signal processing of acoustic vector sensor arrays

Not pictured:
Jeewoong Choi
For contributions to the field of acoustic reflection and scattering from the seabed and geoacoustic inversion

Efren Fernandez-Grande
For contributions to acoustic signal processing for holography and sound field reconstruction

Research Associate/Post-Doc/Research Engineer in Spatial Audio VR

Sorbonne University

Location: Paris, France

Sound Spaces team, Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Sorbonne University

A contract research position is available to work in immersive audio within the Sound Spaces team, Lutheries – Acoustique – Musique group of the Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

The position is for 1 year with potential extension up to 3 years. Starting dates are somewhat flexible, from September 2020 to March 2021, while the earlier the better. Salary is based on experience, following the university pay scale.

Candidature submission closing date: 30-July-2020.

Job description

The successful candidate will work with a dynamic team on several collaborative projects relating to spatial auditory perception, room acoustic simulations and associated virtual reality reconstructions, and aspects of dynamic source directivity in VR applications. The principal associated projects are:

  • RASPUTIN, Room Acoustic Simulations for Perceptually Realistic Uses in Real-Time Immersive and Navigation Experiences
  • PHE, The Past Has Ears, acoustics as cultural heritage
  • EVAA, Experimental Virtual Archaeological-Acoustics
  • Anaglyph, binaural audio engine
  • Research on the rendering and perception of directional sources in VR (research collaboration with a major VR industry partner)

The Research Associate will be involved in a wide range of activities working alongside other researchers and doctoral students, with the possibility to supervise Master student internship projects. Activities include immersive audio scene creation, archeoacoustic reconstructions of historic sites, development of a portable spatial audio guide application, and carrying out evaluation listening tests with blind and sighted participants both in the lab and in the field. Responsibilities centre on producing high quality research, which shall be published in international journals and conferences. Some out of hours work may be required to meet project deadlines and travel requirements.

Sought Skills

The successful candidate will be expected to have strong knowledge of immersive and interactive audio. Experience with binaural systems and Ambisonics is of particular importance for this position. Additional experience in room acoustics will be highly beneficial. List of skills, experience, and qualification required:

  • Degree with a focus on spatial audio or associated domain essential. Candidates without a PhD should provide supporting evidence of suitable equivalent work experience for the position.
  • Background in spatial audio
  • Strong programming skills (Matlab proficiency is a minimum requirement)
  • Experience in creating experimental prototypes such as measurement systems or spatial audio tests
  • Experience with listening test design, implementation, and analysis
  • Experience presenting research findings at international conferences and symposia
  • A suitable record of accomplishment in publishing academic articles in international journals and conferences
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team on multiple projects in parallel
  • Experience with interactive audio systems, such as virtual and augmented reality headsets, Unity 3D, and other VR and AR technologies is desirable

 

Contact

Candidates should provide a CV and letter of motivation. Reference contacts will be requested later during the recruitment process as well as the possibility of a competency evaluation. Candidate’s letter of motivation should highlight how their skills will benefit the above projects as well as demonstrate how they will be able to acquire new skills for improved integration into the research team. For candidature submission and enquiries: please contact Brian FG Katz (brian.katz@sorbonne-universite.fr).

 

 

Call For Members

Call For Members

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) aspires to achieve balance where directly and materially affected parties participate as a member of its Accredited Standards Committees.  The membership shall be sufficiently diverse to ensure reasonable balance without dominance by a single interest category, individual or organization in any one of the following categories: User, Producer, Government, Trade Association, or General Interest.

If your organization is interested in participating, please reach out to Nancy A. Blair-DeLeon, Standards Manager at (516) 576-2341 or by email at nblairdeleon@acousticalsociety.org.

Accredited Standards Committee S1, Acoustics

Standards, specifications, methods of measurement and test, and terminology in the field of physical acoustics including architectural acoustics, electroacoustics, sonics and ultrasonics, and underwater sound, but excluding those aspects which pertain to biological safety, tolerances and comfort.

To ensure balance on this committee, we are seeking those interested from the following categories:
User, Trade Association, or General interest


Accredited Standards Committee S2, Mechanical Vibration and Shock

Standards, specification, methods of measurement and test, and terminology in the field of mechanical vibration and shock, and condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines, including the effects of exposure to mechanical vibration and shock on humans, including those aspects which pertain to biological safety, tolerance and comfort.

To ensure balance on this committee, we are seeking those interested from the following categories:
User or Trade Association


Accredited Standards Committee S3, Bioacoustics

Standards, specifications, methods of measurement and test, and terminology in the fields of psychological and physiological acoustics, including aspects of general acoustics, which pertain to biological safety, tolerance and comfort.

To ensure balance on this committee, we are seeking those interested from the following categories:
User, Producer, Trade Association, or General interest


Accredited Standards Committee S3, Subcommittee 1, Animal Bioacoustics

Standards, specifications, methods of measurement and test, instrumentation and terminology in the field of psychological and physiological acoustics, including aspects of general acoustics, which pertain to biological safety, tolerance and comfort of non-human animals, including both risk to individual animals and to the long-term viability of populations. Animals to be covered may potentially include commercially-grown food animals; animals harvested for food in the wild; pets; laboratory animals; exotic species in zoos, oceanaria or aquariums; or free-ranging wild animals.

To ensure balance on this committee, we are seeking those interested from the following categories:
Producer, User, Trade Association, or General Interest


Accredited Standards Committee S12, Noise

Standards, specifications, and terminology in the field of acoustical noise pertaining to methods of measurement, evaluation, and control; including biological safety, tolerance and comfort, and physical acoustics as related to environmental and occupational noise.

To ensure balance on this committee, we are seeking those interested from the following categories:
Trade Association or General interest

 

 

 

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