Monday, February 14, 2011

David A. Dick Wins Newman Medal in Acoustics

The Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics.

There was a look of rare bewilderment on Dave Dick’s face when he arrived at the December 2010 student chapter meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Besides the usual contingent of students and faculty, there in the room was CETA Dean Lou Manzione and . . . Dick's entire family! Everyone but Dick was in on the unexpected announcement that he had won the Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics.
This highly selective national award, administered by the Acoustical Society of America, is named for Robert B. Newman of BBN (Bolt, Beranek & Newman, one of the original acoustical consulting firms). Students selected for the Newman Medal must have demonstrated excellence in this discipline and in the application of acoustical design principles in the course of their studies.

Dick, who graduated in December, was honored for his work on an investigation of listener envelopment, or the sense of being immersed in the sound field. Dick’s major contribution to the project was creating a detailed room acoustics computer model of The Belding Theater concert hall in downtown Hartford. The results of this study are significant, since it is the first project to examine the relationship between listener envelopment and a room’s total acoustic absorption.

Dick hails from Norwalk, Conn., and recently accepted an acoustic engineering position with Bose Corporation in Framingham, Mass.
Assistant Professor Michelle Vigeant and Professor Bob Celmer '78 (right) celebrate with David A. Dick '10 (center), recipient of the Newman Medal in acoustics.       

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