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For Release: June 23, 2003

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office

Noise Control is Topic of Conference

Over 200 noise control engineers, architects, planners, acoustical engineers and scientists from all over the world will converge on Cleveland for NoiseCon 2003, the 19th national conference of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE). It will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel June 23 through June 25 and is open to the public. During the conference there will be distinguished plenary lectures, technical sessions, a special two-day power plant noise workshop and a major equipment and noise control product exposition.

The focus of INCE is primarily on the development and application of noise control solutions to society's problems. Of the nearly 1000 members of INCE, about 30% of them are Board certified in noise control engineering, a credential that INCE awards and maintains.

NASA is very involved in this year's conference. The General Chair is Beth Cooper, Acoustical Engineer/Manager of Acoustical Test Services at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Included among the speakers at Monday's plenary session from NASA Headquarters are Chief Health and Medical Officer Dr. Richard Williams, and Program Executive for Crew Health and Safety Colonel John Allen, in the Office of Space Flight, and Glenn's Deputy Director Dr. Julian Earls.

NASA personnel will speak during the conference on subjects including International Space Station (ISS) Noise Control, ISS Payload Noise Assessment, vibroacoustics and aeroacoustics and jet noise. Further information on the conference, in general, and the various sessions held each day can be found on the INCE-USA website at

On Tuesday, June 24, Glenn will host a tour of selected acoustical facilities at the Center for preregistered conference attendees. The tour stops will include the Aeroacoustic Propulsion Laboratory, the 9x15 Low Speed Wind Tunnel and the Acoustical Testing Laboratory (ATL).

The ATL is a nationally-recognized test laboratory and is celebrating its recent accreditation by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program for sound power determinations per ISO 3744. The tour program will highlight the accomplishments and progress of the facility since its grand opening in September of 2000.

Media representatives interested in attending the tour at Glenn will need to call the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2001 in advance to be cleared through Security.

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