Meet the Student Council

The ASA Student Council is composed of a chairperson and 13 representatives who each represent one Technical Committee (TC). Below, you can learn more about each member of the student council.

Student Council Chair: Zane Rusk

Pennsylvania State University

Zane is a Ph.D. student in the Architectural Engineering department at Penn State, working on an industry-sponsored virtual acoustics project concerning binaural reproduction of room auralizations. His research interests span a lot of acoustics areas which are relevant to human perception – especially room acoustic simulation and measurement, spherical array processing, and perceptual evaluation. Zane attended The University of Texas at Austin and received his B.S. in electrical/computer engineering in May 2018, specializing in audio signal processing and becoming involved in the student/local music scene. He has a background in live sound engineering, audio production, and playing in metal/rock bands. He tries to play at the ASA Jam at every ASA conference he attends, and likes to play and record music in his spare time.

Architectural Acoustics Representative: E.K. Ellington Scott

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

E.K. Ellington Scott is an Architectural Acoustics Ph.D. student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he also received his M.S. in Architectural Acoustics. His research focuses on auditory spatial perception, small room acoustics, and spatial audio. Prior to his Ph.D. work, he earned a double degree in jazz studies and physics from Oberlin College & Conservatory and worked as an acoustic design consultant before returning to graduate studies. Ellington also has a background as a professional musician, playing throughout the east coast of the United States.

In his spare time, Ellington enjoys playing the drums, listening to jazz, and exploring New York City.

Animal Bioacoustics Representative: Brijonnay Madrigal

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Brijonnay (Bri) Madrigal is a Ph.D. student 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 potential effects of noise on these species inside and outside marine protected areas
including the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and Papahānaumokuākea
Marine National Monument. She also serves as a 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!

Acoustical Oceanography Representative:
Miad Al Mursaline

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

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: Megan Anderson

George Washington University

Megan Anderson is a PhD student at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Philosophy from William Jewell College in Kansas City, MO, where she first became involved in research and scientific societies (such as SPS, APS, and SOR). When she learned about biomedical acoustics, she was excited to find a place where fundamental physics can directly impact human well-being. Her research involves acoustic characterization of biomaterials and the use of microbubbles in tissue engineering applications. She loves science outreach, exploring museums, and getting to know fellow ASA members.


Engineering Acoustics Representative: Pratik Anirudha Ambekar

University of Washington

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: Mark Rau

Stanford University

Mark Rau is a Canadian PhD student at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He received a M.A. in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford as well as B.Mus. in jazz guitar and B.Sci. in physics degrees from McGill University. His research interests involve anything that involves guitars or audio effects often used with guitars. He is particularly focussed in physical modeling synthesis and its applications to luthiery.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys playing guitar and upright bass, building guitars, hiking in the Sierras, golfing, and sailing in the San Francisco Bay.

Noise Representative: Kenton Hummel

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Kenton Hummel is an Architectural Engineering Ph.D. student at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln. His current research looks to utilize machine learning techniques with the goal of better describing the hospital acoustic environment while incorporating occupant perception. Prior to graduate school, he attended the State University of New York at Fredonia obtaining his B.S. in Sound Recording Technology.

In his free time, Kenton enjoys video games, watching football, recording original music, spending quality time with friends, and playing cornhole.

Physical Acoustics Representative:
Ferdousi Rawnaque

Penn State University

Ferdousi Rawnaque is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Acoustics at Penn State University. Her research focuses on bubble nucleation in biological tissues using focused ultrasound. Besides Biomedical Acoustics, she is interested in Physical Acoustics, Signal Processing, and Psychoacoustics. She earned her MS in Electrical Engineering from UMass Dartmouth, and Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. In her free time, Rawnaque likes to explore new places, enjoys playing chess and writing fiction and non-fiction.

Psychological and Physiological Acoustics Representative:
Michael Smith

University of Minnesota

Michael is a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing-Sciences, where he works with Dr. Matthew Winn. His research focuses on speech perception and auditory training in patients with cochlear implants. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he completed his Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Washington in Seattle after completing an internship at the Stanford Ear Institute. When he’s not working in the lab, he enjoys playing D&D and videogames with his friends, cooking, but more importantly, eating delicious food.

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Structural Acoustics and Vibration Representative: AJ Lawrence

University of Texas at Austin

AJ is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is on underwater acoustic
metamaterials for asymmetric absorption with Professor Michael Haberman. He also has interests in
signal processing and architectural acoustics. He graduated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a
Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2014. Previously he worked at Bose Corporation for
three years on validation of professional and portable audio systems and acoustic engineering on
headset systems.

In his spare time, AJ enjoys reading, road running, backpacking, and bicycling.

Speech Communication Representative: Lucy Ruoqian Cheng

University of Kansas

Lucy is a PhD student in linguistics at the University of Kansas. She studies speech variability within language communities, with experimental methods of phonetics and psycholinguistics. Her current research explores how younger and older adults with normal hearing perceive speech sounds differently. She has also worked on the synchronic variation caused by an ongoing sound change in Eastern Min Chinese, and the variable tone sandhi patterns in colloquial Beijing. Before coming to Kansas, she received her BA in Chinese Language and Literature at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
In her spare time, Lucy enjoys rock climbing, listening to podcasts, journaling, and playing with her cat.

Signal Processing in Acoustics Representative: Sam Bellows

Brigham Young University

Sam is a PhD candidate at Brigham Young University in the department of Physics and Astronomy. His present research focuses on the directivity of musical instruments and speech, as well as spherical array signal processing techniques. He has also worked in areas such as microphone placement, virtual and room acoustics. He previously earned his BS in Applied Physics from BYU.

In his spare time, Sam enjoys playing and listening to music, being outdoors and traveling.

Underwater Acoustics Representative: Mark Langhirt

Penn State University

Mark is an NDSEG Fellow and PhD student at the Penn State University Graduate Program in Acoustics, and received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Central Florida. In between undergrad and graduate school, he worked for three years at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, FL, and during this time developed a strong interest in sonar applications, underwater acoustics, and physical oceanography. His current research interests are focused on analytical theory and numerical modeling of 3D underwater acoustic propagation.

In his free time, Mark enjoys running and cycling, Aikido, motorcycle riding, jazz and electronic music, and spoiling his cats rotten.