Michael Nemeth

posted Feb 23, 2014, 3:58 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon
We are looking forward to hosting ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Lily Wang on Monday, March 10. She will be speaking on the topic of classroom acoustics.

Acoustics That Make the Grade: Improving Sound Performance in Classroom Environments
This presentation will review the importance of classroom acoustics and discuss recent research about the effects of classroom acoustics on speech intelligibility and student achievement.  The current ANSI Standard S12.60 on classroom acoustics is presented, followed by general guidelines for how to design for good acoustics in these environments, particularly with regards to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.  A specific case study is presented with audio samples to demonstrate the impact of appropriate HVAC system design towards achieving acceptable classroom acoustics.

Dr. Lily Wang is a Professor of Architectural Engineering within the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and her PhD in Acoustics from Penn State University.  Her research focuses on a variety of room acoustic and noise control topics, including human perception and performance in noise, indoor noise criteria, room acoustics computer modeling, and classroom acoustics.  She with her students has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers on these topics and presented over 60 papers, primarily at ASHRAE and Acoustical Society of America (ASA) conferences.  

Dr. Wang is a member of ASHRAE, a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and Board-Certified by the Institute of Noise Control Engineering.  She is a recipient of the ASHRAE Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award and the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, having been active in Technical Committees 2.06 Sound and Vibration Control and 2.01 Physiology and Human Environment.  She has also received a number of Distinguished Teaching Awards at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the R. Bruce Lindsay Award from the Acoustical Society of America.  She obtained her Professional Engineers (PE) license in Acoustics from the state of Oregon in 2007.