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Sound Perspectives
Tyler J. Flynn
Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan 1231 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 USA
Sarah M. Young
Department of Physics and Astronomy Brigham Young University N203 ESC Provo, Utah 84097 USA
Student Council of the Acoustical Society of America
The Student Council serves Acoustical Society of America student members by provid- ing a community of support for students and young scientists in acoustics.
Throughout its 18-year existence, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Student
Council ( has evolved into an entity that serves both ASA
student members and the Society as a whole (Figure 1). From a small group of
students in 2000 to the highly capable committee it is now, the Student Council has
functioned as an effective sounding board for student needs in addition to provid-
ing logistical assistance to technical committees (TCs) and the Executive Council.
  Figure 1. ASA Student Council at the 174th meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Top row, left ot right: Will Doebler (PA), Matt Zeh (AO), Brian Worthmann (UW), Martin Lawless (MU), T. J. Flynn (SA), Vahid Naderyan (EA); middle row, left to right: Shae Morgan (SC), Matthew Neal (AA), Jon Weber (NS), Tao Sun (BA); bottom row, left to right: Camille Pag- niello (AB; substituting for Ela Warnecke), Sarah Young (SP), Trevor Jerome (Student Council Chair), Kelly Whiteford (PP).
Students comprise 13% of official ASA membership, not including student non- member conference attendees. Although students constitute a minority of the full ASA membership, from this minority comes some of the most active participation both now and in the future. The Student Council fosters that participation and its efforts are an integral part of a successful transition from student member to full ASA member. But the Student Council has not always existed nor has student in- volvement been as integral to the ASA as it is now. In 2005, former Student Coun- cil Chair David Bradley noted that “throughout its history, the Society has been a strong advocate for students exploring the world of acoustics. However, only re- cently was that support institutionalized and the responsibility placed in the hands of the students themselves.”1
1 Historical information gleaned from minutes of past Student Council meetings, ASA meeting pro- grams, or interviews.
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