Applied Research Consortium

June 30, 2021

ARC Fellow’s research receives accolades

Acoustical Society of America awards Vidhya Rajendran Best Student Paper

The Acoustical Society of America has awarded Vidhya Rajendran, ARC Fellow 2019–2020, First Place in their Best Student Paper Award in Architectural Acoustics.

Rajendran’s paper, Design of efficient low-frequency sound absorbers using an array of Helmholtz Resonators, describes her ARC research project in collaboration with NBBJ. It was published in the December 3, 2020, issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Tomás Méndez Echenagucia, Architecture professor at UW, and Andrew A. Piacsek, Physics professor at Central Washington University, co-authored the report. Ryan Mullenix, NBBJ partner, also advised the project.

Rajendran’s award in March was followed in April by an article in the business magazine Fast Company that featured her research, These hole-riddled walls are like noise-canceling headphones for your office. The monthly publication focuses on technology, business, and design.

After completing her ARC research collaboration with NBBJ, Rajendran went to work at ARC firm member ZGF in their Project Performance Team, where she focuses on sustainability efforts, daylight studies, and tools to calculate the carbon emissions of different building materials.

Congratulations to Vidhya, Tomás, Andrew, and Ryan for this recognition!