Committee on Education in Acoustics

The Committee on Education in Acoustics (EdCom) of the ASA is the home for all acousticians who participate in acoustics education: communicating the technical content of our science and its importance to others. EdCom is charged with exploring, proposing, and implementing activities for improving and promoting education in acoustics at all levels.

A message from the EdCom Chair, David T. Bradley:

EdCom strives to foster a supportive environment for acoustics educators at all levels and in all areas of expertise. At the semi-annual ASA meetings, please feel free to join us at our open EdCom meetings […]

EdCom hosts various events and programs. To learn more the website or read the 2015 committee report in Acoustics Today.

Acoustics Demonstrations for Middle and High Schoolers

This is a hands-on demonstration session for middle/high-school students. The demonstrations are led by members of the Society who introduce the students to physics and the exciting world of acoustics; for most of the students, this is the very first time that they have seen any acoustics at all.

This is one of the EdCom’s longest-running programs. Anyone interested in helping during this exciting session at an upcoming ASA meeting should contact the EdCom committee.

SMMfL (Students Meet Members for Lunch)

Students get to meet one-on-one with an ASA member over lunch during the ASA meeting. The purpose is to encourage students to network with more senior members as they embark on their acoustics careers. Each lunch pairing is arranged to ensure a good match between the student’s and member’s acoustical interests.
Students and members who are interested in participating in this program should contact Dr. David Blackstock.

Technical Initiatives and Sessions

Recent technical sessions have covered distance education in acoustics, tools for teaching acoustics in undergraduate, and graduate level courses. The EdCom also co-sponsors sessions with other technical committees of the ASA such as the recent Communicating the Science of Underwater Sound (co-sponsor: Animal Bioacoustics) and Demonstration of Physical Acoustics (co-sponsor: Physical Acoustics) sessions. To find out more about these sessions, attend the open committee meeting at biannual Meetings.