Scott D. Sommerfeldt, dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Brigham Young University, has been elected a member of the Executive Council of the Acoustical Society of America. His three-year term began in May 2009.
“My interactions with others in the ASA have led to numerous research ideas that have formed the basis for my research career,” said Sommerfeldt. “I am honored to join the executive council and look forward to trying to give back to the Society.”
Sommerfeldt's research focuses on active noise control and active vibration control, techniques that seek to minimize unwanted sounds and vibrations by generating other sounds and vibrations that interact and cancel them out.
After earning a B.A. in music education from BYU in 1983, he obtained an M.S. in physics from BYU in 1986 and a Ph.D. in acoustics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1989.
From 2003-2007, Sommerfeldt served as chair of the BYU Physics and Astronomy Department. He also served on the board of directors of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the United States of America from 2002-2005.
Sommerfeldt is an ASA Fellow and was a member of the ASA Technical Council from 2000-03. He also served as general chair of the ASA’s 153rd meeting in 2007.
The Acoustical Society of America is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science of technology of sound. Its 7,500 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics.
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