Meet Acousticians – International Year of Sound Virtual Series

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is hosting a series of experts to talk about how sounds affect everyone in different ways as part of the celebration of the International Year of Sound. Three acoustic experts will be making their presentations virtually, enabling audiences to listen in and ask questions from the comfort of their own chairs! Everyone is encouraged to tune in and ask questions!

Playing with Sound

What can music look like? How would you build an electric guitar for space? Can you build a sound system that involves conductive play dough? How does the rock band OK Go approach music making and what would that look like in a classroom?

In this talk, Dr. AnnMarie Thomas will share some sound related projects from the University of St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab.

Making meaning from data – from the acoustics lab to machine learning

The characteristic sound of a Caribbean steelpan drum is easy to recognize by ear, but we still do not have a full scientific explanation for the how this musical instrument produces the distinctive tone. In this talk, Morrison will discuss what is known about the physics of the steelpan, how we have engaged with the public to help us classify our data, and how we are using machine learning algorithms to help us process large data sets. He will also discuss how this study is useful for illustrating some parts of the scientific process.

It’s in the Tone: The Acoustics of Social Judgments and Linguistic Profiling

When you hear someone without seeing them, what types of judgments can you make based solely on their voice? Listeners are surprisingly adept at making judgments about gender, age, and race based on short speech samples, and they make these assumptions based on the voice itself rather than just content. These facts have implications for how marginalized groups and people experience the world, especially in institutions such as education and the criminal justice system. This talk explores the mechanisms by which we make sociolinguistic judgments based on the acoustic properties of the voice, and reflects on what language can tell us about identity and inequality.

Ask an Acoustician

This series introduces members of the Acoustical Society of America who will talk about being an acoustician. These people are from a variety of fields and at different time points in their careers. This series highlights some of the ways people got their start, what their job entails, and some of the ups and downs of their careers. Learn more about the fields of acoustics by clicking here.


Jorge Arenas

Jorge Arenas has contributed to areas such as sound radiation of vibratory plates, the effects on those living in the surroundings of the acoustic barriers, design and characterization of sound absorbers made on the basis of environmentally friendly materials, and sound maps. more…

Available in Spanish


Débora Barretto

Débora Barretto’s focus is in the construction industry as well as in academia. Professor Barretto is an architect and holds a master’s degree in engineering of urban environments and noise pollution and a specialization in building acoustics. more…

Available in Spanish


Gustavo Basso

Gustavo Basso has being involved in acoustical projects at the most important music venues in Argentina including the Teatro Colón, found to be one of the best rooms in its kinds in the extensive research of Leo Beranek. more…

Available in Spanish


Alberto Behar

Alberto Behar is one of the founders and the first President of the Argentine Association of Acousticians. Over the course of his career in acoustics, Professor Behar has done research on the accuracy of sound level meters, on hearing protection, and on noise exposure of musicians. more…

Available in Spanish

Ilene Busch-Vishniac

Dr. Busch-Vishniac, past ASA President, holds a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Rochester (UR). She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with research in acoustics. more…


Whitney Coyle

Whitney Coyle is an assistant professor at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. She serves on the ASA Web Advisory Committee as chair, the Women in Acoustics Committee, the Education in Acoustics Committee, and the Musical Acoustics Technical Committee. more…

Lawrence Crum

Dr. Lawrence Crum, past ASA President, played an integral role in the creation of the National Center for Physical Acoustics at the University of Mississippi, and founded the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound at the University of Washington. more…


Gilles Daigle

Dr. Gilles Daigle’s research has encompassed everything from atmospheric sound propagation and meteorology to telecommunications and hearing research. He also co-founded an acoustics consulting business and is a past ASA President. more…


Kent L. Gee

Kent L. Gee has developed demonstration shows for the physical acoustics summer school, advised his local BYU ASA student chapter for more than a decade, has brought dozens of students to the ASA meetings, and has organized numerous ASA sessions. more…


Sandra Gordon-Salant

Sandra Gordon-Salant is a professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, well known for her studies on speech perception and aging. more…


Kelsey Hochgraf

Kelsey Hochgraf embodies someone in the “up-and-coming” category of acousticians and represents the architectural acoustics field as an acoustical consultant for Acentech. more…


Adrian KC Lee

Adrian KC Lee is a midcareer scientist at the University of Washington (Seattle) and is heavily involved in the Acoustical Society of America. He received his ScD from MIT and completed postdoctoral training at Boston University, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. more…

Sarah A. Marley

Sarah A. Marley’s research focuses on bioacoustics and marine soundscapes. She is also an award-winning science communicator and has spoken at numerous science communication events around the globe. more…


Subha Maruvada

Dr. Subha Maruvada is the lead for the Therapeutic Ultrasound Program in the Division of Applied Mechanics, which is a part of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). more…

Jennifer L. Miksis-Olds

Jennifer is an applied bioacoustician. She uses both active and passive acoustic technology to study the ocean and the life within it. She has a passion for sound and its utility in a myriad of applications. more…

Pablo Luis Rendón

Pablo Luis Rendón’s research topic has been nonlinear acoustics since the first steps of his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He lectures for students of diverse backgrounds including music students on one hand and physics and engineering students on the other. more…

Available in Spanish


Sam H. Ridgway

Sam H. Ridgway is president of the National Marine Mammal Foundation, San Diego, CA, and is known as the father of marine mammal medicine. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for his pioneering work on marine mammal hearing. more…


Gabriela Virginia Santiago

Gabriela Virginia Santiago holds a Msc on Environmental Studies, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Universidad de Los Andes. Her academic interest are acoustics in intelligent environments, noise pollution, cognitive neuroscience of hearing, media art, and audiovisual sound design. more…

Available in Spanish


Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp

Dr. Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp is a professor of psychoacoustics and noise effects at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Acoustics, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. more…


D. Keith Wilson

D. Keith Wilson is a research physical scientist at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory and helped start the new ASA Technical Specialty Group on Computational Acoustics. more…


William A. Yost

William A. Yost served as president of the Acoustical Society of America and received the Gold Medal for his contributions to binaural hearing, pitch and modulation perception. more…

Historical Biographies

This Acoustics Today series covers major historic acousticians. The aim is to share not only the scientific and engineering breakthroughs that advanced acoustics, but the personalities behind those discoveries.

Robert Edmund Apfel

Robert E. Apfel created lasting legacies in both basic science research and scientific communication. more…

Georg von Békésy

Georg von Békésy’s training as a physicist, and his willingness to pick up a drill when necessary, led him to think about the cochlea differently than many of his contemporaries. more…

Katherine Safford Harris

Katherine Safford Harris lead many of the last century’s critical advancements in understanding the perception, production, and disorders of speech. more…

Carleen Maley Hutchins

Carleen Hutchins married the science of acoustics to the aesthetics of violin craftsmanship and permanently altered the landscape of musical acoustics research. more…

Ernest Glen Wever

Ernest Glen Wever established himself as a pioneer in hearing research whose approach knew no methodological bounds. more…

Archived Career Profiles

Whitlow Au

Whitlow Au lives in Hawaii and studies animal sounds.

Kelly Benoit-Bird

Kelly Benoit-Bird studies underwater animals and how they live together.

Pamela Harght

Pamela Harght is an Acoustical Consultant in Austin, Texas.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore studies musical instruments using lasers.

Cindy Moss

Cindy Moss works in the “Batlab.”

Scientist Gallery

Discovery of Sound in the Sea hosts video interviews with underwater acousticians and scientists.

Women in Audio and Acoustics

Cathedral Acoustics offers inspiring and motivating interviews with women.

Career Profiles

The Acoustical & Audio Engineering Dept. at the University of Salford shares profiles showing how real Acoustical and Audio Engineers use sound physics in their jobs