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.

The members of the Student Council meet at each ASA meeting. Minutes from previous Student Council meetings are available below:

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, Whitney Coyle [].

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Student Council Chair

Student Council Chair: Whitney Coyle
Location: The Pennsylvania State University

Whitney Coyle

Whitney is a Ph.D. student in the graduate program in acoustics at Penn State University. She grew up in Kentucky and received degrees from Murray State University (Murray, KY) in mathematics and music (clarinet performance). Her masters research at Penn State was done in outdoor sound propagation prediction methods and she is working on her Ph.D. research in musical acoustics (with focus on clarinet acoustics) in collaboration with the Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique in Marseille, France. Aside from acoustics she also enjoys: tennis, scuba diving, racquetball, running, indie films, KitchenAid mixer creations, kittens and traveling. She also loves meeting new people, so feel free to introduce yourself if you see her!

AA - Architectural Acoustics

Representative for Architectural Acoustics: Ellen Peng
Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ellen Peng

Ellen is a Ph.D. student in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). Ever since freshman year in college, she has been interested in connecting science and engineering with people. Her current research primarily focuses on the effects of room acoustics (specifically noise and reverberation) on speech comprehension by native and non-native English-speaking listeners. She is quadrilingual and currently considering picking up another language. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to see architecture and learn about their inside stories. If you would like to chat more about architectural acoustics, feel free to email her or stop her at the next ASA meeting!

AB - Animal Bioacoustics

Representative for Animal Bioacoustics: Alyssa Wheeler
Location: Brown University

Alyssa Wheeler

Alyssa is a PhD candidate in the Brown University Neuroscience Graduate Program, where she studies the temporal dynamics of bat echolocation. She is particularly proud to work in the lab of world-renowned bat echolocation expert James A. Simmons. Her interest in acoustics began when she studied classical music and opera, and she has always loved studying animals – especially the weird and creepy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience from Lafayette College in 2010; and has since been at Brown, where she enjoys the many excellent seafood restaurants and beautiful beaches of Rhode Island.

AO - Acoustical Oceanography

Representative for Acoustical Oceanography: Jon Fincke
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Jon Fincke

Jon Fincke is a third year graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in the Applied Ocean Science and Engineering department. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2011. His research is at the intersection of estuarine fluid mechanics and underwater acoustic scattering processes. Currently he is using high-frequency broadband echo sounders to image and quantify stratified shear instabilities and associated turbulence at the mouth of the Connecticut River.

Jon likes to fish, sail, run and hike when he has free time and enjoys bringing along any willing friends with him. Seek him out at the next ASA meeting or e-mail him if you are interested in learning more about acoustical oceanography.

BA - Biomedical Acoustics

Representative for Biomedical Acoustics: Camilo Perez
Location: University of Washington in Seattle

Camilo Perez

Camilo is a Ph.D. student in the Bioengineering Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Camilo received BS. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he played Division I tennis for four years and received an athletic scholarship during his college experience. Camilo's area of research involves extracorporeal shockwave therapy, ultrasound metrology characterization of shockwave fields, characterization of ultrasound contrast agents (microbubbles), and characterization of phase change emulsions as photoacoustic/ultrasound contrast agents. Camilo is also the treasurer of the Seattle Student Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America (SSCASA).

Camilo enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and playing guitar with his friends. He loves traveling and exploring new countries and cultures. Camilo enjoys engaging with other students in the field of acoustics and learning about how other fellow researchers apply acoustics to tackle different problems.

EA - Engineering Acoustics

Representative for Engineering Acoustics: Caleb Sieck
Location: University of Texas at Austin

Caleb Sieck

Caleb is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His research is in acoustic metamaterials. Originally from Oklahoma, he received his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas and MS in Architectural Engineering at the University of Nebraska. More importantly, he enjoys playing music (mainly fiddle), going to free concerts, hiking, and ranching.

MU - Musical Acoustics

Representative for Musical Acoustics: Chris Jasinski
Location: University of Notre Dame

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Chris is currently pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where his present research investigates the acoustics of wind turbines.   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.

NS - Noise

Representative for Noise: Matt Blevins
Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Matt Blevins

Matt is a PhD student in Architectural Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated from Purdue University in 2011 with a degree in Multidisciplinary Engineering with a concentration in acoustics. His current research is on the design and optimization of membrane-type acoustic metatmaterials for noise control applications. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing guitar, attending musical performances, and camping.

PA - Physical Acoustics

Representative for Physical Acoustics: Anand Swaminathan
Location: The Pennsylvania State University

Anand Swaminathan

Anand is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Program in Acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) where he started his involvement with Physical Acoustics by working in a laboratory that studied third sound waves in superfluid helium.  His current research in the Thermoacoustics group at Penn State involves experiments on stabilizing Rayleigh-Bénard convection using vibration.

In his spare time, Anand is a volunteer EMT working the night shift for the local ambulance service in State College, PA and also rides his road bike when he can squeeze it in.  In a previous life, he worked professionally as a live sound engineer in both theatrical and music venues and also sang tenor in operas and ensembles.

PP - Psychological & Physiological

Representative for Psychological & Physiological: Anna Diedesch
Location: Vanderbilt University

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Anna is a Ph.D. student in the department of Hearing & Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She received a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University and an Au.D. from Wichita State University. Anna worked as a Research Audiologist at the Portland VA Medical Center prior to returning for a Ph.D. Her research interests are in "central" issues in hearing, and the effects of aging and hearing impairment on sound localization.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys running, yoga, hiking, kayaking, reading, watching college sports and travelling. Feel free to send her an email, or introduce yourself if you bump into her at an ASA meeting.

SA - Structural Acoustics & Vibration

Representative for Structural Acoustics & Vibration: Matt Kamrath
Location: École Centrale de Nantes

Matt Kamrath

Matt is a Ph.D. student at the École Centrale de Nantes and works at the French Building Research Center (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, CSTB) in Grenoble, France. He received a B.A. in physics and mathematics at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and a M.S. in acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA). While attending Penn State, he studied how to model pressure and velocity inside enclosed spaces using a superposition of plane waves. In France, he is developing numerical modeling software to evaluate urban noise mitigation techniques.

For fun, Matt enjoys ballroom dancing, camping, golfing, playing the saxophone, sailing, and skiing. Please feel free to email him if you have any questions and to introduce yourself to him the next time you see him.

SC - Speech Communication

Representative for Speech Communication: Rachael Gilbert
Location: The University of Texas at Austin

Rachel Gilbert

Rachael graduated from Georgetown University in 2009. After teaching and farming in northern Japan for a year, she moved back to the U.S. to study acoustics. She is currently a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, researching how intelligibility is affected by talker-related factors. Outside of the lab, Rachael enjoys traveling, long-distance running, and cooking. She loves talking about phonetics, so email her anytime!

SP - Signal Processing in Acoustics

Representative for Signal Processing in Acoustics: Blaine Harker
Location: Brigham Young University

Blaine is currently a Ph.D. student at Brigham Young University. He is currently involved in beamforming and other localizing methods with application to full-scale military jet noise with Kent Gee and Tracianne Neilsen. Blaine has also been extensively involved in the ASA student chapter at BYU and has served as president, vice president, and as an outreach coordinator. As part of this, he has been involved with organizing fellow students to attend ASA meetings, conducting weekly research group meetings on campus and helping with the community acoustics demonstrations and tours. Prior to graduate school, he completed his Bacholor's degree in time reversal research with Brian Anderson.

Outside of academics, Blaine enjoys fixing up his truck, playing the piano and hiking in the mountains. He grew up in Powell, WY and 2007 he had an opportunity to serve a two year LDS church mission in Rome, Italy. He enjoys learning new things and when there's a spare moment he's either trying a hand at photography, 3D graphics design, sound reproduction or just making great new playlists for his music collection. However, if the weather is good you can probably find him outside swimming, playing Frisbee or in the mountains camping. Feel free to contact him with any questions or advice!

UW - Underwater Acoustics

Representative for Underwater Acoustics: James Esplin
Location: The Pennsylvania State University

James Esplin

James received his B.S. in Applied Physics and his M.S. in Physics from Brigham Young University (Provo, UT). His B.S. work was on the errors in a reflection localization algorithm, and his M.S. work was on active noise control on laptops. He has also completed three internships: the first was at Los Alamos National Laboratories (Los Alamos, NM) where he investigated ultrasonic non-destructive testing methods, the second was at NOV IntelliServ (Provo, UT) determining new ways to apply acoustic techniques to oil well drill strings, and the third was at the NATO Centre for Maritime Research & Experimentation (La Spezia, Italy) where he improved an underwater acoustics propagation model. His current work is in the formation of bubble clouds due to underwater explosions.

In what little spare time he has, James enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and his two children Kathryn (age 4) and Lynn (age 2). He also enjoys playing music (piano, viola, percussion), arranging music (primarly choral), hiking/camping, reading, and traveling. For more information, visit his website.

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 $500 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.