The ASA Student Council

Organizing and representing the students of the ASA

The Student Council is charged with promoting the interests of Student Members in the Society. Activities of the Student Council include providing support to student members of the Society via a website and other means of disseminating information of mutual interest, advocating participation of students in Society activities and meetings, and promoting Society membership benefits to potential members. Students with general questions and concerns should contact their particular representative for more information.

Periodically, members of the Council graduate or move on with their career in acoustics. These transitions leave openings on the Council membership roster. If you are interested in being a representative for your technical committee, please don’t hesitate to contact the current Council chair, Chris Jasinski [].

Student Council Chair: Chris Jasinski

Location: University of Notre Dame

Chris is currently pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where his present research investigates aerodynamic drag induced by acoustic liners for turbofan jet engine nacelles. Prior to arriving in South Bend, he completed both a B.S.E. in Acoustical Engineering and a B.M. in Percussion Performance at the University of Hartford, and is now an active performer in the Chicago and Indiana regions. In addition to his work with concert hall acoustics, a few career highlights include a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York, a summer spent performing at Hershey Park, an Eastern-US tour with his Celtic band, the Jolly Beggars, and several months spent working at NASA Langley Research Center focusing on acoustical properties of turbofan jet engine nacelles.

As well as his eclectic interests in music and acoustics, Chris is an avid ice hockey player and skier, and enjoys traveling and participating in programs such as Engineers Without Borders.

Representative for Architectural Acoustics: Jay Bliefnick

Location: University of Nebraska-Omaha

Jay Bliefnick Business Portrait_1 copyJay is a Ph.D. student in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He received a B.S. in Acoustics from Columbia College Chicago in 2014. With a background in music performance and production, the study of Architectural Acoustics was natural progression. It comes as no surprise that his preferred area of study is room acoustics, with a particular interest in performance venues. His current research primarily focuses on quantifiable and sensorial measures of diffusion. In his spare time, aside from still playing bass guitar, he enjoys spending time with his dog, traveling, watching movies, and following the Chicago sports teams. Go Hawks!

Representative for Animal Bioacoustics: Michaela Warnecke

Location: Brown University

Ela_small copyEla is from Germany and received her B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of Osnabrück in 2011. She then spent several years working with Jim and Andrea Simmons in the Bat and Frog Lab at Brown University in Providence, RI. Ela loves cooking, baking and plays the saxophone, much to the dislike of her tiny pet rabbit.

In her free time, she is working to receive her Ph.D. from the department for Psychological and Brain Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, studying bat echolocation and behavior. Specifically, she is interested in (1) the flow of echoes that the bat experiences as it navigates its environment and how they influence the bat’s behavior, and (2) how bats deal with interfering signals from other bats in order to navigate successfully.

For all those not understanding why in the world one would study bats, please be convinced by the guy who coined the term ‘echolocation’ that bats are quite wondrous little creatures:

“Bats are such unusual creatures that some effort is required to think of them as actual animals living in a world of common sense and concrete reality. Beyond the realization that they are mammals, which can really fly, and that they prefer to fly at night, even scientists tend to ignore them as insignificant curiosities of nature. (…) Yet it is the very success and ingenuity of the live, furry, chittering, flitting bats, and their adaptation for unusual way of life, which make them so different from the animals we know best and at the same time so odd and puzzling. What rational animal would spend most of its life hanging torpid, head downward, in the dark – abandoning this posture only to pursue flying insects through the night? (…) [T]he truth about bats is intriguing and also more surprising than the mythology, so that a little understanding of these animals goes far towards dispelling the fog of mystery and prejudice. “

-Don Griffin, 1958

Representative for Acoustical Oceanography: Scott Loranger

Location: University of New Hampshire

HeadShot_scottloranger_cropScott Loranger is a third year PhD student at the University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping / Joint Hydrographic Center. He received his BS from Cornell University in Marine Biology in 2009. His current research focuses on the use of high-frequency broadband acoustics to detect and quantify sub-surface hydrocarbons. His research interests cover a wide swath of marine science and have lead him to work with the Alliance for Coastal Technologies, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and in the summer of 2015 he went to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s Deep Submergence Vehicle, Alvin.

When he is not at sea Scott likes to ski, hike and fly-fish. Look him up at the next ASA meeting or email him if you’d like to learn more about Acoustical Oceanography.

Representative for Biomedical Acoustics: Sanjay Yengul

Location: Boston University

sanj_brazil_yellowShirt_smller_2Sanjay is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, where he does research on a medical imaging modality known as elastography. He did his M.S.E from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and then worked for several years in industry doing research in structural acoustics and vibration. His work in industry has ranged from system dynamic modeling at Otis Elevator, to loudspeaker measurements and simulation at Bose Research, to automotive NVH at Bosch. Sanjay has a strong interest in teaching and science communication. He taught an undergraduate senior level class in Acoustics on a sabbatical from his position at Bosch in 2013, and prior to that served as a teaching assistant for several classes at Bose. He also recently published a science article reporting on NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto.

In his spare time, Sanjay enjoys playing tennis, going on long bicycle rides, hiking tall mountain peaks, watching great movies and exploring good food. He also loves traveling to interesting destinations around the world to explore their geography, culture and cuisine. Most days though he is also happy enough at home with a hot beverage, a book and a large window. He blogs at

Representative for Engineering Acoustics: Vahid Naderyan

Location: University of Mississippi

Vahid is pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Mississippi. He received a B.Sc. in Physics from IUT, Iran in 2012, where he did his final project on Musical Acoustics. He conducted his M.Sc. research on wind-induced ground motions at the University of Mississippi and National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA). After he received his M.Sc. degree in 2015, he interned at Knowles, working on MEMS microphones, and balanced armature speakers for hearing aids. Currently, he is doing his Ph.D. research on the MEMS microphones, in collaboration with Knowles. Vahid enjoys playing music (Tanbour), reading, cinema, playing soccer, traveling, hiking and mountain climbing. Please introduce yourself during the next ASA meeting, and feel free to contact him with any questions you have.

Representative for Musical Acoustics: Martin Lawless

Location: Pennsylvania State University

Lawless - Headshot_1 copyMartin currently pursues a PhD in Acoustics from the Pennsylvania State University, researching the brain’s emotional response to concert hall stimuli using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with Dr. Michelle Vigeant. He received a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. For his senior design project, Martin developed and taught a Musical Instrument Design class. During his undergraduate education, he interned twice at Pratt & Whitney located in East Hartford, CT, where he specialized in data modeling and development.

When he is not in the lab, Martin enjoys swing dancing, reading, cooking, and playing his musical instruments. Please introduce yourself during the next ASA meeting, and feel free to contact him with any questions you have!

Representative for Noise: Jonathan Weber

Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jonathan is pursuing a PhD in Architectural Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his BS in Engineering Mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MS in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research involves the characterization of hospital noise. Focused in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, he is studying the effects of noise on infant physiological response and the impact of staff-led behavioral modification. He is currently pursuing the development of new acoustic metrics and thresholds to help guide noise control strategies and future hospital design.

Outside the research lab, Jonathan likes playing trumpet, basketball, tennis, golf, fishing, and board games. He had the unique opportunity to perform in European halls including Smetana Hall and Gewandhaus. He is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys visiting stadiums nationwide to view the architectural designs and of course watch his Chicago teams.

Representative for Physical Acoustics: Brent Reichman

Location: Brigham Young University

IMG_0620_2Brent is a PhD student at Brigham Young University in the Physics department. As an undergraduate he studied active noise control while completing his BS in Physics, also at BYU. His PhD research focuses on nonlinear propagation of jet and rocket noise, in particular investigating metrics used to gauge shock formation and the importance of cumulative nonlinear effects. Research highlights include presentations at multiple ASA meetings, an internship at Los Alamos National Labs performing nondestructive evaluation of metal plates, and an opportunity to participate in the ASA-sponsored Physical Acoustics Summer School. When not spending his time doing research, Brent enjoys ultimate frisbee, skiing, doing his best Frank Sinatra impression, and spending time with his wife and son.

Representative for Psychological & Physiological: Kelly Whiteford

Location: University of Minnesota

Kelly is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota in Psychology (Cognitive and Brain Sciences), with a graduate minor in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. Kelly’s interests in research began while pursuing her BA in Cognitive Science and minor in Music at UC Berkeley. After graduating, she worked as a lab manager at UC Berkeley for two labs, one related to cross-modal perception and the other to understanding speech perception in multi-talker environments. Her current research examines individual differences in pitch perception in normal and disordered hearing.

Outside the lab, Kelly enjoys swimming, listening to music, cooking (but mostly eating), and spending time with friends.

Representative for Structural Acoustics & Vibration: T.J. Flynn

Location: University of Michigan

T.J. is a Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, developing remote acoustic sensing techniques for structural health monitoring. He received his BS in both Mechanical Engineering and Physics at the University of Kentucky where he did research ranging from UAV design for atmospheric measurements, to the development of composite microscale devices. T.J.’s current research interests include the generation and prediction of structural-borne sound, remote acoustic sensing in challenging environments, fluid structure interactions, and the applications thereof. T.J. has attended numerous ASA Meetings, was a member of the 2016 Physical Acoustics Summer School, and is always interested in finding more outlets for communicating and improving his research.

In his free time T.J. enjoys playing guitar and tinkering with musical electronics, going to concerts, cooking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. He also enjoys planning and participating in STEM outreach events, so if you have any ideas feel free to contact him via email or find him at the next ASA Jam!

Representative for Speech Communication: Dominique Bouavichith

Location: The University of Michigan

IMG_1680_DominiqueBouavichith_cSashaArutyunova copyDominique is a first-year PhD student in Linguistics at University of Michigan, where he focuses on acoustic and articulatory phonetics. His research has focused on the acoustic manifestations of casual speech processes in American English and ultrasound imaging of coarticulation. He graduated from NYU in 2014 (BA) and 2015 (MA). He hopes to become a professor of linguistics (someday).

Dom is a Minnesota native, and he spends too much time he doesn’t have catching up on television and cooking. If he had more time, he would see more movies, travel more, and relearn how to play trumpet.

Representative for Signal Processing in Acoustics: Trevor Jerome

Location: The Pennsylvania State University

headshot_2Trevor is a student in the Graduate Program of Acoustics at Penn State University. He received a B.S. in Applied Physics from Brigham Young University, with an undergraduate capstone about referee whistle noise exposure. At an internship with the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, he studied firearm impulse noise. During a fellowship with the US Army Aeromedical Research Lab, he studied 3D audio and shock tube impulse noise. The Applied Research Lab at Penn State, a U.S. Navy University Affiliated Research Center, is where Trevor does research now. He’s studying structural nonlinear damping on unmanned aircraft.

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Representative for Underwater Acoustics: Brian Worthmann

Location: University of Michigan

Brian is a PhD student at the University of Michigan in the Applied Physics program, and is entering his 4th year. He is originally from southern NJ, and attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ for his undergraduate work, where he received a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering. His PhD research combines underwater acoustics and signal processing, specifically for the task of high frequency source localization in the shallow ocean. He has attended many ASA meetings, the 2016 Physical Acoustics Summer School (PASS), as well as a few international conferences, including WESPAC2015 in Singapore and ICA2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

When not researching or preparing for a conference, Brian can be found teaching, helping grad students communicate their research to non-experts, traveling somewhere, or relaxing with some craft beer. If you see him at a conference, be sure to say hi!

To ASA student members,

Announcement for the application acceptance towards open ASA Student Council representative positions will be posted here. For aspiring students applicants, below here is the general information you need to know about the student council representative position.

Appointment to the Student Council is for a two-year term, starting immediately upon selection or at a specified future date. Student Council representatives are expected to attend both the Fall and Spring ASA meetings during their appointment, and will be reimbursed up to $750 for travel to each ASA meeting attended during tenure on the Student Council. It is important that the representative attends each biannual ASA meeting while on the Student Council, as this is where the Student Council conducts most of its business. General responsibilities of the representative include serving as a conduit for information for students within this Technical Committee, attending Technical Committee meetings and reporting on student activities, promoting the interests of students in the Society, and developing student-related activities within the Society.

Students interested in serving on the Student Council should be generally knowledgeable about the society and its activities and have attended at least one ASA meeting before applying. Applicants must be ASA student members. Preference will be given graduate students, pursuing either a masters or doctoral degree. Students who are members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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