Engineering Research Excels!!

Four College of Engineering and Technology students presented (and competed) research during the recent fall meeting of the North Carolina Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America. Hosted at the North Carolina State University College of Engineering facilities, the event featured a morning of technical presentations, a tour of the NC State anechoic chamber facility, and the student poster competition.  To participate, students submitted an abstract and a 1500-2500 word technical paper that summarized their work.  The final phase of the competition was the poster presentations at the chapter meeting.

This competition, open to graduate and undergraduate students, is hosted annually by the chapter.

The participants and poster titles included:

  • Will Miller, junior, biomedical engineering concentration – Calculation of Headwind Components for Modeling Long-range Acoustic Propagation
  • Kaitlyn Kirkland, senior, mechanical engineering concentration – Image Processing with MATLAB and RGB Ranges
  • Christopher Smith, senior, mechanical engineering concentration – Microphone Calibration Positioning System
  • Noah Sonne, senior, mechanical engineering concentration – Subordinate Oscillator Array Design for Ultrasensitive Mass Detection


Will Miller

Kaitlyn Kirkland

Christopher Smith

Noah Sonne







This year, Sonne’s poster bested his 2016 second place finish by taking the top spot in the 2017 undergraduate division and edging a team submission from Duke University. The first place award included a $250 cash prize.

Dr. Teresa Ryan

Dr. Teresa Ryan, assistant professor, said this competition was a great way to introduce her lab students to how the academic process works.

“It’s one thing to help out on a research project as an undergraduate, but it’s another thing entirely to bring your work to a polished, professional end product that you (students) then present to professionals and graduate students,” said Ryan.  “Each of these projects has contributed to the overall progress in the lab in different ways, and I enjoyed seeing the students really take ownership of their piece of the puzzle.”

The NC Space Grant supported portions of all of these projects.