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Eckel Student Prize Award in Noise Control


Oliver C. Eckel was a recognized authority in acoustics and mechanical design, and founder of Eckel Industries Inc. He pioneered the design of anechoic chambers and developed panel systems for noise control in enclosures. He authored many papers and patents on the design of noise control products. After his retirement he established an R&D laboratory dedicated to wind turbine design. This award, established by the Eckel family and Eckel Industries of Canada Ltd., and administered by the Canadian Acoustical Association, pays tribute to the many contributions to acoustics and noise control by Oliver C. Eckel.


The award consists of a cash prize of $500 awarded every year.


The candidate must be: (1) a CAA member; and (2) a graduate student enrolled at a Canadian academic institution pursuing studies in any discipline of acoustics, conducting research related to the advancement of the practice of noise control. Note: A candidate may receive this award only once.


Applications must be received by the Prize Coordinator by April 30. Along with the application form, submit a written proposal (up to 750 words) summarizing the research work to be carried out.

CAA Prize Application Form:Word formPDF form..

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a Subcommittee set up by the Prize Coordinator. Applications are evaluated based on the quality and originality of the research proposal, and the potential contribution to the field of acoustics. Decisions made by the Prize Subcommittee are transmitted to the Awards Coordinator and Board of Directors of the CAA. The successful candidate will be notified by June 15.Decisions are final and may not be appealed. The CAA reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.

The names of prize winners will be announced at the annual CAA Symposium (usually in October), and published in the December issue ofCanadian Acoustics and on the CAA website.


Clair Wakefield, 301-2250 Oak Bay Avenue. Victoria, BC, V8R 1G5. Tel: (250) 370-9302 – Fax: (250) 370-9309. eckel-prize@caa-aca.ca

Prize Winners (last 5 years)

Guilhem Viallet, École de Technologie Supérieure

Chris Bibby, University of British Columbia

Shira Daltrop, University of British Columbia
Factors affecting the acoustical performance of highway noise barriers

Behrooz Yousefzadeh, University of British Columbia
Beam-Tracing Model for Realistic Prediction of Sound Fields in Rooms


Musarrat Nahid, University of British Columbia

Prediction of Speech Transmission Index in Eating Establishments 

Marc-André Gaudreau, École de Technologie Supérieure (Montréal)
Mesure de l’efficacité des protecteurs auditifs en continu au cours d’une journée de travail

Gary Chan, University of British Columbia
Prediction and active noise control in fitted industrial rooms