Dr. Thomas C. Weber and Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds are back-to-back recipients of the Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). The Medwin Prize was established in 2000 from a generous gift made to the Acoustical Society Foundation by Herman and Eileen Medwin to recognize a person for the effective use of sound in the discovery and understanding of physical and biological parameters and processes in the sea.
Dr. Weber received the Medwin Prize at the 5th Joint Meeting: Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan in Honolulu, HI in November 2016. Dr. Weber conducts research in the field of underwater acoustics and acoustical oceanography. His specific areas of interest include acoustic propagation and scattering in fluids containing gas bubbles, the application of acoustic technologies to fisheries science, high-frequency acoustic characterization of the seafloor, and sonar engineering. Dr. Weber earned a Ph.D. in Acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University and has bachelor's and master's degrees in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He joined the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping in 2006 and is an assistant professor in UNH's Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds will be presented the Medwin Prize at the 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 8th Forum Acusticum in Boston, MA in June of 2017. Dr. Miksis-Olds is the Associate Director of Research and a research professor in UNH's School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and holds a research position in the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. Dr. Miksis-Olds is the university member representative and sits on the board of trustees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Quiet Ocean Experiment Program and serves as a Scientific Advisor to the Sound and Marine Life Joint Industry Programme (International Oil and Gas Producers) which is devoted to studying of effects of sound on marine organisms. Dr. Miksis-Olds was the recipient of an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award in 2011, and the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering in 2013. She is also a newly elected Fellow in the Acoustical Society of America. Dr. Miksis-Olds received an A.B. cum laude in biology from Harvard University and an M.S. in biology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She was a guest student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and then earned a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America—the world’s leading journal on acoustics, Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The Society also holds two major scientific meetings per year.