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Acoustical Society of America
at the 201 8 Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair-
Ieffrey Vipperman The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF; is
Address: a program of the Society for Science and the Public ( and
Department 0 f Mechanic 81 is the world’s largest international prefollege science competition. The Intel ISEF
Engineering & Materials Science can  thought of as the Super Bowl of science fairs. Each year, approximately
University of Pittsburgh 7 million high-school students from around the ‘world compete in local science
636 Benedum Hall competitions. This year, of those, only 1,800 finalists from 75 countries advanced
3700 O,Ham Street to showcase their research at the 2018 Intel ISEF that took place in Pittsburgh, PA.
, , Each afliliated regional science fair from around the world can send a prespecified
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261 _ _ _
USA number of participants to the Intel ISEF each year. The finalists competed for over
$4 million in awards and scholarships.
. .Em:1l: In addition to the Intel ISEF Grand Awards, more than 60 Special Awards Or-
JSv@Pm'e u ganizations (SAOs; also provide awards. SAOs are corporations,
government agencies, universities, or nonprofits that sponsor educational scholar-
ships, cash prizes, summer internships, scientific field trips, equipment grants, and
more for finalists at the Intel ISEF. The 1,800 finalists were eligible for both Intel
ISEF Grand Awards and SAO Awards. The American Society of America (ASA)
began participating in the SAO program in 1978 to promote acoustics specifically
and to recognize the accomplishments of students, mentors, and schools. The long-
time participation of the ASA in the Intel ISEF recognizes the importance of pro-
moting STEM education and generating interest in acoustics among all students.
In addition to the $6,300 in cash prize award money, the ASA contributes $2,500 to
the Intel ISEF Award Program to support local, national, and international media
coverage. Keeta Jones, the ASA Education and Outreach Coordinator, works with
the Intel ISEF staff to organize the involvement of the ASA with the fair. She also
makes announcements to local ASA members to ask them volunteer their time
and expertise as judges. The judges must have a minimum of six years of related
professional experience beyond receiving their BA, BS, or masters degrees; have a
PhD, MD, or the equivalent; or be a current doctoral student with more than four
years of doctoral-level research experience or who is within one year of doctoral
dissertation defense.
The fair took place from May 13 to 19, 2018. The ASA judging team was led by ]ef-
frey Vipperman and included Ieff Babich and Laurie Heller. Mr. Babich is president
and principal consultant at Babich Acoustics, Pittsburgh, a company that focuses
heavily on architectural acoustics, noise control, and test/ measurement. Dr. Heller
is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on
hearing, psychoacoustics, environmental sounds, and signal detection. Dr. Vipper-
man is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on active/
passive noise control, noise classifiers, structural acoustics, acoustic cloaking, and
noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Dr. Vipperman, as ASA head judge, presented
the awards to the three winners at the Special Awards Ceremony on May 17, 2018.
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