Grad Skllz Seminar: Finances

Presenter: Matthew Zeh

Friday, March 29 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

Money in graduate school is sometimes confusing, often stressful, and never enough. In this week’s Graduate Skills Seminar, Matt will go over some of the basics to managing your finances while in school. Whether you’re looking to prepare yourself for the future or learn some practical advice to manage your finances now, this seminar should be a valuable one!

Dell Technologies Acoustics & Dynamics Tour

Friday, March 15, 3:30pm 

In lieu of a Student Chapter meeting and seminar this week, we are excited to announce the opportunity to tour the Acoustics and Dynamics Laboratory at Dell Technologies!

Dell Technologies develops products for applications in a wide variety of customer environments ranging from laptops that are used in homes and quiet offices, to modular servers deployed in unattended data centers. In each of these environments, customers expect a certain level of acoustical experience from our products; Dell Technology Acoustical Engineers are tasked with measuring and delivering to those expectations. Much of that work begins in the Dell Technologies Acoustical and Dynamics Laboratory, consisting of five specially designed hemi-anechoic chambers and a listening room for jury studies.

This seminar will consist of a tour of the Dell Technologies acoustical facilities and a discussion and demonstration of a few metrics and measurement methods Dell Technologies uses to characterize sound quality and performance. Discussion will also include a description of the key acoustical and vibration challenges that exist in the server market today and areas of opportunity for acoustical and vibration innovation.

ASA Student Council Reps Sought

Applications for new ASA Student Council Representatives serving the following Technical Committees are currently open:

Acoustical Oceanography (AO)
Architectural Acoustics (AA)
Musical Acoustics (MU)
Noise (NS)
Physical Acoustics (PA)
Signal Processing (SP)


For more info about the open positions and the application process, see this announcement. The deadline for submitting an application has been extended to March 15, 2019.

Serving as a Student Council Representative is a great opportunity to become more involved in the ASA! Student Council members organize events for students attending ASA conferences, help plan special sessions and outreach events, and represent student members of the ASA at official functions. More information about what the Student Council does can be found on the About the Student Council page. More information is available on our Join the Student Council page about the obligations and benefits of being a Student Council member.

Outreach Prep Meeting

Friday, February 22 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

This week we continue preparations for upcoming outreach events: Girl Day (this Saturday 2/23) and Explore UT (next Saturday 3/2). We will be organizing and fine tuning our demonstrations for the upcoming weekends.

Grad Skills Seminar: Graduation

Presenters: Jay Johnson and Dr. Ben Treweek

Friday, February 15 at 3 PM in ETC 4.150

You put so much work into your courses and research as a graduate student, but at the end of the day, how can you exchange that effort for a degree? This week, Jay and Dr. Ben will detail the milestones you will need to hit and the logistics necessary to obtain a graduate degree from UT Austin.

First, Jay (M.S. 2017) will go over the procedure for obtaining a Master’s degree, and how to then apply for doctoral candidacy. Dr. Ben (Ph.D. 2019) will follow Jay with an overview of the procedure for graduating with a Doctoral degree.

Acoustical AMA with Steven Beck

This Friday, February 1 in ETC 4.150 at 3 PM

For our first Acoustical AMA of the semester, we will be talking with Steven Beck of Beck Audio Forensics. Beck is an expert in Audio Forensics, has appeared in court as an expert witness, and has authored numerous court affidavits.

The Acoustical AMA series allows current students to meet with acoustical professionals in an informal setting and pick their brains concerning all things acoustics and related career paths.

Four Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Ocean Acoustics

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
The Department of Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution invites exceptional candidates to apply for one or more tenure-track or tenured scientific-staff positions to complement and expand existing programs in coastal & ocean fluid dynamics, ocean acoustics, and deep submergence. To apply, visit this site and respond to Job Reference 18-10-11. Review of applications began December 15, 2018.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks an individual for a tenure-track faculty position in Ocean Science and Engineering to ideally begin July 2019 or on a mutually agreed date thereafter. Candidates are sought from all areas of the broad and diverse field of Ocean Science and Engineering. For more info about the position and how to apply, visit this site and follow the instructions. Review of applications began December 31, 2018.

Naval Postgraduate School
The Physics Department of the Naval Postgraduate School invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level with expertise in one or several areas of acoustics that include acoustic sensor design for material characterization, acoustic spectroscopy, sonar transducer design and testing, and ocean acoustics. The job posting can be found here.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
The Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering, School of Earth and Ocean Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa is advertising a tenure track assistant professor position. The desired candidate has a focus on ocean sensing, underwater robotics, autonomous surface and underwater vehicles, or related topics. The posting can be found here. Application review begins January 31, 2019, open until filled.