Chair (2018-21) Tracianne B. Neilsen, Ph.D.

Welcome to the ASA Women in Acoustics (WIA) website! I am happy to serve as the chair of this committee, and I look forward to working with everyone to ensure that our committee continues to thrive and meet the needs of women in the Society.
WIA strives to foster a supportive environment for women acousticians of all experience levels and areas of expertise. At the National ASA meetings, please join feel free to join us at our WIA Committee Meeting (usually held on Tuesday afternoons), the Women in Acoustics Luncheon (usually held on Wednesday), and the Girl Scout Outreach Session (usually held late Wednesday afternoon). Also, the WIA committee sponsors the Young Investigator Travel Grant and the Dependent Care Subsidy to help defray costs of attending ASA meetings. In between meetings, consider joining our Mentoring Program. All of these activities and opportunities are open to both women and men. More detailed information about how to participate in these activities can be found on this website.

Chair Bio:  Dr. Tracianne B. Neilsen received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in underwater acoustics. After taking a break when she had three young children, she did part-time research for a decade modeling noise from supersonic jets. Since became a full-time physics professor in 2018, she has returned to her underwater acoustics roots. She loves helping students engage in the learning process both in class and on research projects.  She also enjoys acoustics outreach and has organized the “Listen Up! And Get Involved! Workshops” held at the meetings of the Acoustical Society of America for local Girl Scout troops. She is glad for the opportunity to be the chair of the Women in Acoustics committee and hopes to continue the traditions of involvement and encouragement. (Twitter: @tbnbyu)