PolyU ME PhD student Muhammad Irsalan Arif won the prestigious Young Professionals Grant (YP Grant) for the 49th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering (INTER-NOISE 2020) to be held on 23-26 August 2020 in Seoul, Korea. The goal of the grant is to encourage students/young engineers to attend INTER-NOISE Congress and Mentoring Workshop. The Workshop provides mentorship on professional skills (networking, communication, job skills etc.) and allows Young Professional Awardees to hold informal discussions with world renowned experts in the field of acoustics.

The INTER-NOISE Congresses are the largest international gathering of experts in noise control engineering held each year. The INTER-NOISE Congresses have been held annually since 1972 at venues around the world. The Congresses include a large technical program consisting of papers and posters on all topics of noise control engineering. The congresses also include an exhibition of the latest products and instrumentation for noise control engineering. INTER-NOISE provides the best opportunity for engineers and scientists in all fields of acoustics to learn about and share their work with  peers from around the world.

The YP Grant is highly competitive where the participants from all around the world submit their applications based on their research work. The applications are reviewed by an International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE) judging panel and only few applications are selected for the grant. Muhammad Irsalan Arif applied regarding his research work on the development of a novel noise control methodology for airfoil tonal noise based on flow-induced vibration of an elastic panel. The methodology is superior to conventional approaches as it provides remarkable noise reduction yet does not sacrifice any airfoil aerodynamics. This feature is considered extremely beneficial for devising next generation aircraft wing noise control. The research idea has been highly rated by the judging panel and his application is selected for the YP Grant.

Muhammad Irsalan Arif is currently working under the supervision of Dr Randolph Leung, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.