CETA faculty Dr. Robert Celmer, Prof. Phil Faraci, and Dr. Eoin King recently presented at the 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in New Orleans, La. Established in 1929, the purpose of the Acoustical Society of America is to generate, disseminate, and promote the knowledge and practical applications of acoustics.
Having been awarded the ASA’s 2017 Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education, Celmer delivered the prize lecture, titled “Student-centered acoustical engineering education at the University of Hartford.” In this lecture, Celmer described the two undergraduate engineering programs offered at the University of Hartford in the area of acoustics; the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) with Acoustics Concentration, and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Acoustical Engineering and Music.
Faraci presented a paper on the "Acoustic Characterization of a Ukelin." A ukelin is a wooden hybrid stringed instrument designed to combine features of the ukulele and the violin. Along with students from the acoustic program, Faraci led a study that performed a modal analysis of the instrument and compared results to computational FEA analyses.
Finally, King’s presentation was titled “Electric Vehicles and Environmental Noise: Assessing the Noise Impact of an Electric Fleet through Strategic Noise Mapping.” Electric vehicles are often reported as being silent vehicles and may significantly reduce a population’s exposure to environmental noise. This paper investigated what effect the widespread adoption of an electric fleet would have in a midsize city in the United States (West Hartford).