In This Issue
Summer Bridge on Noise Control Engineering
June 15, 2021 Volume 51 Issue 2
What is the role of engineering practice, education, and standards in mitigating human-generated noise? The articles in this issue survey these aspects of the US noise landscape, and offer updates and useful resources.
Articles In This Issue
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    AuthorJohn Anderson and Lance Davis

    The responsibility of engineering is to serve society and improve the quality of life. In support of these goals, the National Academy of Engineering celebrates and promotes the engineering profession in all its diversity, from the variety of engineering disciplines and applications to the men, ...

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    AuthorC.D. Mote Jr.

    It is my honor and great personal pleasure to introduce readers of The Bridge to this issue devoted to noise control engineering. In 2007 the subject was first covered in The Bridge during the early stages of an NAE con­sensus study that led to the report Tech­nology for a Quieter America (...

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    AuthorEric W. Wood and George C. Maling Jr.

    The NAE and INCE Foundation have engaged the noise control engineering community to advance efforts to improve noise in the United States.

    The year 2020 marks 15 years since kick-off of the Technology for a ­Quieter America (TQA) project (figure 1), a joint effort of the National Academy of ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    AuthorAdnan Akay

    Noise control engineering epitomizes the engineering profession since it clearly and directly pertains to technology and the public.

    Noise is often an unavoidable and ubiquitous byproduct of many systems and processes, and the more complex the system, the more difficult it is to accurately ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    AuthorGregg G. Fleming

    Continued research and technical advances are needed to address both persistent and novel concerns in transportation-related noise.

    Soundscape is the term for the acoustic environment perceived by humans in context. The human-made portion of the outdoor soundscape is largely dominated by ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    AuthorRobert D. Hellweg Jr.

    Regularly updated national and international
    noise standards ensure consistency and accuracy
    among products.

    Voluntary noise standards, which are developed by consensus-based standards organizations, define reliable and reproducible procedures to ensure that manufacturers (i) design their ...

  • Monday, June 14, 2021
    AuthorYangfan Liu, J. Stuart Bolton, and Patricia Davies

    Advances are needed to enhance the accuracy and application of acoustic source localization techniques.

    Acoustic source localization technology is used to determine the location(s) of a sound source or multiple sources in an environment by processing acoustic signals measured at a number of ...

  • Monday, June 14, 2021
    AuthorGeorge C. Maling

    Numerous resources are available to provide guidance for engineers and others in addressing noise concerns.

    Human-made noise is ubiquitous in daily life, from the background hum of the computer or refrigerator to the drone of leafblowers, the passing roar of an overhead airplane, or the beeping ...

  • Friday, June 11, 2021
    AuthorDavid A. Butler

    The November 1892 meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers was held in New York City in the cold and snowy days following Thanksgiving. There was prosaic fare like the report from a committee on flange standardization and a talk on the experimental determination of the heat generated ...