Acoustics PhD students scoop international prizes

Thursday 24 October 2013
Calum Sharp
Calum Sharp

PhD students from the Acoustics Research Centre won ‘best student paper’ prizes at two of the three major international acoustics conferences this year.

Michael Sturm was awarded the ‘Sir James Lighthill Award’ for the best student paper at the International Congress on Sound and Vibration in Bangkok in August -  beating 126 other entries. Calum Sharp won the ‘Young Presenter Award for Noise’ at the International Congress on Acoustics, a major triennial five-day conference which this year took place in Montreal.

Michael, supervised by Professor Andy Moorhouse, presented a method on how to improve sound quality in vehicles, while Calum, supervised by Dr David Waddington, introduced his work on evaluation of annoyance due to vibration from freight and passenger trains.

Professor Moorhouse, Head of the Acoustics Research Centre said: “Several of our students have won prizes over the last couple of years so this is not an isolated event, but a mark of sustained strength and depth.

“In 2012 Calum also won the European Acoustics Association ‘Best Paper and Presentation Award’ in Prague and James Woodcock won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division ‘Best Young Researcher’ prize.

“Some excellent new students started research projects this October and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more prizes from them.”

Find out more about studying acoustics at Salford here.