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Ask an Aceustieian:
Kent: L. Gee
Kent L. Gee Nleet Kent I. Bee
Address: in this “Ask an Acoustician” column, we hear from
Depanmem of Physics and Astronomy Kent L. Gee, a professor in physics and astronomy
Brigham Young Univflsny at Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, UT. If
N243 ESC you go to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
Pmvm Um] M602 meetings, you have  seen Kent around. He was
USA awarded the prestigious R. Bruce Lindsay Award in
2010 and became a fellow of the Society in 2.015, He
Em”: currently serves as editor of the Proceedings ofMeet-
l‘EmEEe@bY“-9d“ \ ings on Acoustics (POMA) and is on the Membership
' Committee. He has developed demonstration shows
for the physical acoustics summer school, advised his local BYU ASA student
Mjdual 1'' Dem chapter for more than a decade, has brought dozens of students to the ASA meet-
Addness: ings, and has organized numerous ASA sessions. Kent is active in the Education i.n
Department of Psychology Acoustics, Noise, and Physical Acoustics Technical Committees of the ASA. So if
University at Buffalo you think you know him, you probably do! I will let Kent tell you the rest.
State University of New York (SUNY)
B76 Park Hall A Darwereetien iuith Kent Bee, In Hie Vllerde
Butfalo, New York 14260 Tell us about your work.
USA My research primarily involves characterizing high-amplitude sound sources and
Ema”: fields. With students and colleagues, I have been able to make unique measurements
of sources like military jet aircraft, rockets, and explosions (e.g., Gee et al., 2008, , _ _ _
2013, 2015a,b). Along the way, weve developed new signal analysis techniques for
both linear and nonlinear acoustics. VVhenever possible, I also try to publish i.n
acoustics education (e.g., Gee, 2011). For those interested, nearly all my journal
articles and conference publications are found at acousticstodayorg/gee-pubs.
Describe yuur cureerparh.
When 1 arrived at BYU as a freshman, I had a plan: major in physics and become
a high-school physics teacher and track coach. That plan lasted about one week
because I rapidly became disillusioned with the large-lecture format and over-
enthusiastic students to whom I simply didn’t relate. But, after a year of general
education classes and a two-year religious mission, 1 found my way back to phys-
ics. After another year of studies, I became disenchanted again. I was doing well i.n
my classes, but I didn’t feel excited about many of the topics, at least not enough to
want to continue as a “general” physics major. I began to explore various emphases
for an applied physics major and soon discovered that acoustics was an option. In
my junior year, I began to do research with Scott Sommerfeldt and took a graduate
course in acoustics. Although I was underprepared and struggled in the course,
I discovered that I absolutely loved the material. That rapidly led to my taking
two more graduate courses, obtaining an internship at the NASA Glenn Research
Center, taking on additional research projects, fast tracking a master’s degree
at BYU, and then pursuing a PhD in acoustics at Pennsylvania State University,
University Park. under Vic Sparrow. Along the way, I found that my passion for
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