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 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 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: Sam Denes
Location: The Pennsylvania State University

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Sam Denes is a PhD student in the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics. He received his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering and in an attempt to spend more time outside, took a position as the Bioacoustics Engineer at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego. After four years of working on many different research projects studying anything from polar bears to spotted owls, he moved to Pennsylvania to pursue an advanced degree. He is now studying the propagation of walrus vocalizations through different media in the marginal ice zone.
When not on a ship in the Bering Sea or at his desk in central Pennsylvania he likes to be outside on his mountain bike, cooking, and spending time with his wife. He, however, hates writing in the third person.

AO - Acoustical Oceanography

Representative for Acoustical Oceanography: Ravi Menon
Location: University of California at San Diego

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Ravi is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Applied Ocean Sciences program) at the University of California, San Diego. His research involves using random matrix theory and signal processing to analyze ambient acoustic noise in the ocean. He also has a masters degree in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and a bachelors and masters degree in Naval Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

He generally spends his spare time on woodworking projects or graphic design with Mathematica.

BA - Biomedical Acoustics

Representative for Biomedical Acoustics: Jason Raymond
Location: University of Cincinatti


Jason is a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Cincinnati. Jason received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, respectively, from Boston University. Prior to pursuing the Ph.D. degree, Jason worked for several years a Research Engineer at the National Center for Physical Acoustics. His current area of research involves using ultrasound and acoustic cavitation for drug-delivery applications. Jason is also the Chair of the University of Cincinnati Student Chapter of the ASA ( ). 

He enjoys teaching and discussing acoustics topics. Other interests include music (jazz, blues), photography and travel. He also enjoys a good cup of coffee and prefers a Kona dark blend.

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: Cameron Fackler
Location: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Cameron is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Program in Architectural Acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also received his bachelor's degree in Applied Physics and master's degree in Architectural Sciences from RPI. Cameron's research interests include the acoustics of porous materials and the use of high-performance computers in acoustics.

Outside the lab, Cameron enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time outdoors. He is also interested in photography and loves performing music, particularly playing tuba.

PA - Physical Acoustics

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

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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 Shaw
Location: The Pennsylvania State University

Matt is currently studying in the Graduate Program in Acoustics at
Penn State University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics
from Brigham Young University. His undergraduate thesis was on the
acoustics of an indoor test facility for 30-mm Gatling guns, while his
Masters thesis was on the angular dependence of transmission through
thin plates. His current research is in Structural Acoustics and the
F35 Joint Strike Fighter.

In his spare time, Matt likes to play racquetball and basketball,
cooking with his wife, Charlyn, and singing a cappella music.

SC - Speech Communication

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

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 finishing his B.S. in physics at Brigham Young University. He has been involved in Time Reversal research for three years with Brian Anderson. He also works with Kent Gee, Alan Wall and others to characterize the F-22 Raptor's turbulent noise structures. As an Outreach Coordinator for BYU's Acoustics Research Group for the past two years, Blaine showed hundreds of students and community members awesome demos in acoustics while promoting involvement in science and acoustics.

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 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: Jennifer Wylie
Location: University of Miami

After obtaining a B.S. in physics from the University of Virginia, Jennifer migrated south in 2007 to study applied marine physics at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School. Taking some time away from Miami, Jennifer interned for approximately a year at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC and spent 3 months at NURC in La Spezia, Italy. Now back in Miami to finish her PhD, Jennifer is studying shallow water acoustics with Dr. Harry DeFerrari.
When not working you can find Jenifer most days at the barn, where she enjoys participating in the sport of dressage with her horse, Jasper.

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.