Meet the Student Council

The ASA Student Council is composed of a chairperson and 14 representatives who each represent one Technical Committee (TC). Below, you can learn more about each member of the student council.

Student Council Chair: Brijonnay Madrigal

Term: Fall 2023 – Spring 2025
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Brijonnay (Bri) Madrigal is a Ph.D. candidate in the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology. She received a M.Sc. in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research focuses on the occurrence of anthropogenic noise in the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and understanding the spatial and temporal variability of false killer whales and short-finned pilot whales using passive acoustic monitoring. As a NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster scholar, she is interested in assessing the soundscape and presence of these species inside and outside marine protected areas including the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. She also served as the SURIEA Co-coordinator and enjoys interacting with undergraduate students interested in acoustics.

When Brijonnay is not eavesdropping on whales, she enjoys long runs, spending time at the beach, and being on a boat when she can!

Previous SC Chair: Spring 2020 – Spring 2023: Zane Rusk, Pennsylvania State University

Animal Bioacoustics Representative: Marissa Garcia

Term: Spring 2023-Spring 2025
Cornell University
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Marissa Garcia is a Ph.D. student studying marine acoustic ecology with Dr. Holger Klinck at Cornell University’s K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics. She is supported by the Sloan and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. She pursued her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, where she received highest honors for her studies in integrative biology, environmental science, and public policy. Her previous work has focused on the development of fully automatic methods for density estimation via passive acoustics, with applications for the conservation of the North Atlantic right whale. Her current research investigates how changing physical and biological oceanographic parameters, driven by global climate change, predict community assemblage of odontocetes detected via passive acoustics. Building on decades of oceanographic research conducted off the central Oregon coast, her current system of interest is the northern California Current. Through a top-down predator perspective, she seeks to understand how odontocetes in this habitat can be sentinels of ecosystem conditions. Harnessing tools from spatial ecology, she aims to acoustically detect beaked whales, sperm whales, and delphinids to create species distribution models, explore species co-occurrence and avoidance, and advance ecological theory.

A public lecture at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California inspired her to pursue bioacoustics at the ripe age of sixteen. Scientific communication is thus deeply embedded in her identity as a scientist, and she has reported on science and environmental issues for the Washington Post, NOAA Sanctuaries, and CalMatters.

When she is not a scientist for the ocean, she is a scientist in her kitchen — brewing coffee concoctions and waxing poetic about the latest beans she’s brewing!

Previous TC Rep:  Fall 2020 – Fall 2022: Brijonnay Madrigal, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Architectural Acoustics Representative: Olivia Heui Young Park

Term: Spring 2023-Spring 2025
The Pennsylvania State University, USA
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Olivia is a Ph.D. candidate in Acoustics at Penn State, and is a member of the Sound Perception and Room Acoustics Laboratory (SPRAL). Her Ph.D. research focuses on the effects of noise on cognition, perception, physiology, and listening effort. Olivia attended The Cooper Union and received her B.E. and M.E. in Mechanical Engineering in May 2020. Her master’s thesis was on improving active noise control using a microphone array.

Olivia is passionate about STEM outreach, and in her free time she likes to crochet, sing, and hang out with her cat Haru.

Previous TC Rep:  Fall 2021-Spring 2023: E.K. Ellington Scott, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Acoustical Oceanography Representative: Miad Al Mursaline

Term: Spring 2022 – Spring 2024
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
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Miad is a Ph.D. student in the joint program between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). His home department at MIT and WHOI are Mechanical Engineering and Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering respectively. Prior to his Ph.D. work, he earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He also worked as a course instructor in the department of NAME at BUET before beginning his Ph.D. at MIT/WHOI.

His current research involves developing physics-based acoustic scattering models and performing acoustic scattering experiments in the laboratory. He has been primarily investigating the effects of directional sonars on scattering from statistically smooth and rough cylindrical elastic targets.

In his spare time, Miad enjoys reading, swimming, and playing cricket.

Biomedical Acoustics Representative: Chirag Gokani

Term: Spring 2023 – Spring 2025
University of Texas at Austin, USA

Chirag Gokani is a PhD student in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and at the Applied Research Laboratories. He is co-advised by Drs. Mark Hamilton and Michael Haberman and studies vortex beams, radiation force, and bianisotropy. While his work is theoretical, applications of his research lie in biomedical and engineering acoustics.

Chirag received a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in music at the University of Texas at Dallas, where his undergraduate research experiences in gravitational waves and milk rheometry prepared him for his graduate studies of waves in fluids, respectively. He was moreover drawn to acoustics for its ubiquity, and he loves the cross-disciplinary nature of the ASA.

In his free time, Chirag enjoys being in thunderstorms, playing in waves at the beach, and getting stuck in traffic jams!

Previous TC Rep:  Fall 2021 – Spring 2023: Megan Anderson, George Washington University, USA

Computational Acoustic Representative: Pravinkumar Ghodake

Term: Spring 2023 – Fall 2024
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
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Pravinkumar is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India. He received his master’s (M. Tech) from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), India, in Solid Mechanics and Design.

His research focuses on exploiting nonlinear waves to design nonlinear metamaterials by exploring exciting effects such as harmonic generation, wave mixing, and harmonic scattering through theoretical and computational perspectives. He is designing nonlinear metamaterials using an inverse design approach to control nonlinear elastic waves both in the time and frequency domains. His inversely designed metamaterials have various characteristics like multi-material, periodic, quasi-periodic, non-periodic, direction-dependent, direction-independent, mode-independent, invisible nonlinear inclusions, stretching pulses in the time domain, mode conversion, and so on. He is exploring the design of the spatial (functionally graded) and temporal (time-dependent, 4D Metamaterials) linear and nonlinear metamaterials and their novel responses toward controlling elastic waves.

He enjoys reading books, watching football, and listening to music.

Engineering Acoustics Representative: Pratik Anirudha Ambekar

Term: Spring 2022 – Spring 2024
University of Washington
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Pratik is a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on using High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound for treating abscesses. Pratik received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in September 2021, which included designing a microfluidic device for ultrasound-based cell sorting. Originally from India, Pratik completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University.

In his free time, Pratik enjoys playing the violin, composing music, playing cricket, and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

Musical Acoustics Representative: May Pik Yu Chan

Term: Spring 2024 – Fall 2025
University of Pennsylvania

May is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-advised by Jianjing Kuang and Mark Liberman, and is primarily affiliated with the Penn Phonetics Laboratory. Her main interests are in the articulatory and acoustic aspects of singing, and their mapping to listeners’ perception. May completed her B.A. at the University of Hong Kong, double majoring in Linguistics and Music, with a minor in German. In her free time, May enjoys singing, crocheting and ice-skating.

Previous SC Chair: Spring 2023 – Fall 2023: Colin Malloy, University of Victoria

Noise Representative: Logan Mathews

Term: Spring 2023 – Fall 2024
Brigham Young University
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Logan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University (BYU). His research focuses on source characterization and physics-based modeling of noise from supersonic jets, including high-performance tactical aircraft and rockets. He previously received a B.S. in Applied Physics from BYU, where he studied far-field noise characteristics of rocket launches.

Outside of the lab, Logan enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, trail running, and cooking.

Physical Acoustics Representative: Jack Case

Term: Fall 2023 – Spring 2025
Penn State University
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Jack is a Ph.D. candidate in Acoustics at Penn State in the Graduate Program in Acoustics. He is working with Dr. Andrew Barnard and Dr. Daniel Brown on ice fracture acoustic detection and classification using machine learning. Outside of his research, he is interested in noise control, educational acoustics and teaching. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford. He has been involved with ASA since early 2015, where he has served on student chapter boards ever since. In his free time, he enjoys collecting carnivorous plants, gardening, collecting antiques and hiking.

Previous TC Rep:  Fall 2021 – Spring 2023: Ferdousi Rawnaque, Penn State University, USA

Psychological and Physiological Acoustics Representative:
Ann Holmes

Term: Fall 2022 – Spring 2024
University of Louisville

Ann (she/her/hers) is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology at the University of Louisville. She works with Dr. Pavel Zahorik in his Auditory Perception Lab, focusing on projects related to multisensory perception and spatial listening in rooms. Prior to graduate school, Ann received her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Case Western Reserve University and worked for two years as a full-time research assistant for auditory neuroscience studies at the Iowa Cochlear Implant Research Center. Ann is also a co-founder of the Louisville chapter of R-Ladies, a global organization whose mission is to promote gender diversity in the R programming community. When she’s not in the lab, Ann can be found strolling through local Louisville parks or tending to her houseplants.

Structural Acoustics and Vibration Representative: Ian Bacon

Term: Spring 2023 – Fall 2024
Brigham Young University

Ian started college at the age of 14 and received two B.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in Applied Mathematics and Physics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Brigham Young University. His research is focused on developing a vibration-based standard to measure the sound power radiated from products that make noise. He also uses his applied math background to improve sound power computation through symmetry.

In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife, exploring the outdoors, and supporting youth in church and recreational activities. He also enjoys good food and can be found getting a full bowl of ice cream from the freezer or getting some Southern-style fried chicken.

Speech Communication Representative: Satwik Dutta

Term: Fall 2022 – Spring 2024
The University of Texas at Dallas
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Satwik is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) under the supervision of Dr. John H.L. Hansen. His research interests include Speech Processing & Recognition, Machine Learning, and Speech Disorders. Currently, he is working on various speech-processing algorithms to understand adult-child interactions in naturalistic environments (such as classrooms, households, etc.) and it’s applications in early childhood language intervention and beyond. He works closely with early childhood experts at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a part of the KU Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas, and maintains an active collaboration with speech-language pathologists at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders.
Beyond his academic commitments, Satwik enjoys cooking and exploring new cuisines.

Underwater Acoustics Representative: Natalie Kukshtel

Term: Fall 2023 – Spring 2025
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
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Natalie Kukshtel is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Ocean Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Her current research focuses on studying underwater acoustic propagation at the New England Shelf Break using autonomous underwater vehicles and computational ocean acoustic modeling. Natalie earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University, with minors in Mechanical Engineering and Math. Before starting graduate school, she worked for two years as a mechanical engineer in defense robotics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, playing ultimate, baking, and taking care of her houseplants.

Previous TC Rep:  Fall 2022 – Spring 2023: William Jenkins, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Signal Processing in Acoustics Representative: Raymond Plasse

Term: Spring 2024 – Fall 2025
Belmont University

Raymond is a Master’s student in Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont University. He works alongside studio veteran, Sean Neff, finding integrative solutions to acoustical design, treatment, and construction in Music City, USA. Prior to graduate school, Raymond received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and B.A. in Music at the University of Nevada, Reno where he also worked as a concert hall technician facilitating the capture of live recordings utilizing dynamic acoustics systems. His current research focuses on the intersection of audio engineering and acoustics, including the accuracy of binaural rendering algorithms, room modeling and analysis software, and computer programming for audio effects plug-ins. When not in the studio, Raymond can be found on the golf course, at the piano, or in a cozy coffee shop soaking in all the vibes.

Previous SC Chair: Spring 2021 – Fall 2023: Sam Bellows, Brigham Young University