Thanks for visiting the NOISE-CON 2016 website. We had a wonderful event in Providence, June 13-15, 2016. Enjoy these highlights of the New England NOISE-CON 2016: Revolution in Noise Control.
Monday's opening session and plenary speaker, Dr. Robert Celmer with the University of Hartford kicked off the event by sharing the history and details of the University's Acoustics Program which he has lead since 1985. What a great program “Dr. Bob” (affectionately known around campus)! Dr. Bob was visibly moved when one of his students asked for all students that went through the University of Hartford program under Dr. Bob to stand.
A lunch was provided to Women in Noise Control Engineering thanks to our sponsor, Scantek, Inc. The event provided an opportunity for these women to network with each other and talk about common issues.
Monday also included a free public outreach 1-day session for local educators, organized by A Quieter Future. Educators attended the full-day event and were provided curriculum and tools to help bring awareness of sound and noise control into the classroom. This public outreach event was made possible by funding from INCE-USA and the Michiko So Finegold Memorial Trust.
Monday's events ended with the traditional vendor exhibition reception in the Expo Hall. NOISE-CON 2016 had over 60 vendors of sound control materials, instrumentation, and software. We have heard some participants say they come just for the opportunity to meet vendors and learn about new products.
Tuesday's opening plenary session featured Mr. Kurt Yankaskas, Program Manager of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss with the Office of Naval Research. He spoke about the difficulty in minimizing noise on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. He also addressed other areas of research including examination of DNA markers, which could result in a sailor/marine being pre-disposed to hearing loss.
Our lunch Tuesday was for current acoustics/noise control students and was sponsored by our friends at the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC).
A special session was held Tuesday afternoon to honor three stalwart INCE members from New England: Richard Lyon, Eric Ungar and István Vér. There was standing room only as many attended to show their appreciation to each of these industry leaders. We were pleased their families participated and were also in attendance.
The film, In Pursuit of Silence, along with a short promotional video was shown early evening at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Metcalf Auditorium. INCE-USA provided financial backing for this film, which explores our relationship with sound (or lack thereof). This was a private screening and the film may be released to select public venue theaters this fall.
We finished the day with a NOISE-CON Night Out event at the RISD Museum Grand Gallery. The event was made possible with sponsorship by Cambridge Sound Management. Members enjoyed music, food, drinks and causal discussion in eyeshot of amazing artwork. And if the Grand Gallery did not have enough art, the rest of the museum was open to view many other priceless pieces along with a Todd Oldham exhibition.
Wednesday started with Dr. James Miller from the University of Rhode Island, Department of Ocean Engineering who spoke about the acoustic and seismic monitoring of pile driving for the first offshore wind farm in the United States. This was a timely and geospatially appropriate lecture as the wind farm known as the Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF) will start operating this fall and is located just 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island.
INCE-USA held its annual awards ceremony, which recognized several student papers, classic papers and our student volunteers. INCE-USA also bestowed the Distinguished Noise Control Engineer Award to Dr. Rajendra Singh and the Laymond N. Miller Excellence in Acoustical Consulting Award to James Barnes. Congratulations to both Dr. Singh and Dr. Barnes. Later in the day, a Young Professional Workshop was also held to help prepare and develop our young professionals.
I am personally not sure we lived up to our grandiose tagline "Revolution in Noise Control", but never-the-less NOISE-CON 2016 was a forceful conference with all the extras. The committee appreciates those that participated both from our native New England and from beyond.
Please plan now to join INCE-USA at NOISE-CON 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI on June 13-15, 2017. Also consider attending INTER-NOISE 2018 August 26-29, 2018 in Chicago, IL.
Michael Bahtiarian, INCE Bd. Cert
Michael Bahtiarian, INCE Bd. Cert.
Noise Control Engineering, LLC
Herb Singleton, INCE Bd. Cert.
Cross Spectrum Acoustics, LLC
University of Hartford
Karl B. Washburn, INCE Bd. Cert.
Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert.
Illingworth & Rodkin, Inc.