Meet Acousticians

This series introduces members of the Acoustical Society of America who will talk about his/her career. 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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…

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.”