Seminar - Acoustical Education and Research in Architectural Engineering Program at the University of Nebraska by Dr. Siu-Kit Lau
Date: 31 May 2012 (Thursday)
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Venue: DE306, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
An increasing number of schools are offering Architectural Engineering (AE) programs; currently there are 21 schools across the United States. However, only few of these AE programs include acoustics as a main option in their curricula. A comprehensive review of U.S. graduate programs in a report of “Technology for a Quieter America” by the United States National Academy of Engineering found that there is not sufficient training for students in acoustics in the U.S. This presentation will review the Nebraska Acoustics Group, housed within the AE program at the University of Nebraska which began in 1998. To cope with the needs, students could study acoustics within any of our five engineering degree programs (BSAE, MAE, MEng, MS, and PhD). There are currently two AE faculty out of 13 who focus in acoustics at Nebraska, and the program regularly offers at least six recurring acoustics courses. Descriptions of the acoustics courses, the research interests of the Nebraska Acoustics Group, and where our graduates are to date will be given. Specifically highlighted will be the theme of our acoustics group: to promote the advancement and science of architectural acoustics by closely tying our coursework and research to practice in the ‘real-world’.
Dr. Siu-Kit Lau received his Ph.D. in Acoustics and B.Eng.(1st Hons.) in Building Services Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2003 and 1997, respectively. Prior to join the University of Nebraska, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building Services Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His primary research interest is in noise control, particularly active and passive control methods. Dr. Lau has much practical hands-on real-world expertise from being an industry engineer and manager. He has worked in the architectural engineering industry as a consultant engineer, prior his Ph.D. study. In 2001, he took up an Application Manager position at Acron International Technology Ltd, designing environmental systems (acoustics, energy efficient and indoor air quality systems). This was a company established under the entrepreneurship program of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 2002, he worked at Emerson Climate Technology, managing industrial R&D projects and analyzing & devising solutions to product design, especially to mechanical noise and vibration in industrial air conditioning and refrigeration systems. During 2005 - 2006, he joined Johnson Electric as an Assistant Manager (R&D) leading a team of research engineers for R&D projects of rotary machines. Dr. Lau is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) in U.K.