Noteworthy ASA lectures: Focus on Acousticians of Color

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On Being an ASA Member of Color: Talks by and about members.

Dr. James E. West, formerly of Bell Laboratories, now research professor at the Johns Hopkins University, interviewed on June 10th, 2009 for the occasion of the Juneteenth celebration by the Student Technology Services, celebrating contributions to science and technology by African American innovators. Dr. West, together with Gerhard Sesslar, invented the Electret Microphone, which is used in roughly 95% percent of microphone applications today.



Where I'm Coming From: Tyrone Porter

Tyrone Porter grew up in Detroit. At the time, he says, the city was about 75 percent black. Now he’s an associate professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, where the demographics are very different. “Once I left the comfort of my black bubble and entered a predominantly white world at the University of Washington I recognized I needed to adapt,” says Porter. “I could not be exclusive. I had to be inclusive and identify both white and black friends, advocates, and allies. Once I opened myself to that philosophy I began to establish relationships with people from all backgrounds. I realized it made me a better, more tolerant person and put me at ease at a predominantly white institution. I have had the same experience at BU identifying white allies at all levels in the university.”


Mr. Porter is now on the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin.

Tyrone Porter, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Myron L. Begeman Fellowship in Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin | Cockrell School of Engineering


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