Programs for Young Professionals

The I-INCE programs for Young Professionals are managed by the Vice President - Technical Activities and coordinated now by the YP Coordinator.

The information on this page is organized by each of the following headings. Select and click on a heading to go to that portion of the page.

Young Professional Program and Goals

Young Professional Program Goals
I-INCE Young Professional Congress Attendance Grants Program (application form and rules below) The goal of the grant is to encourage students and young engineers or scientists to attend INTER-NOISE Congresses Award winners are invited to the Mentoring workshop.
I-INCE Young Professionals Mentoring Workshop at INTER-NOISE Congress (usually on Monday afternoon) The goals of the Young Professionals Workshop are to provide mentorship on professional skills (networking, communication, making a good start in a new job, etc.), and to allow time for Young Professional Awardees to hold informal discussions with world re-known experts in the field.
Awardee Presentations and Social Networking Session (usually follows on from the Mentoring Workshop) Provides opportunities for Young Professionals to have informal social interactions with I-INCE Leaders and experts in the field of noise control.
School on Practice of Noise Control (started in 2018, takes place late morning to mid-afternoon on Sunday before the INTER-NOISE Congress opens) The goal is to show students how experts have applied their acoustics and vibrations knowledge to solve noise problems.

Young Professional Congress Attendance Grants Program


In 2010, I-INCE initiated a grant program for noise control engineering students and young professionals who were within the first ten years of their careers. The goals of the grant is to expose students and young acousticians to senior professionals, give them experience in public presentation and paper writing, and assist them in the development of networking abilities. This grant enabled these young professionals and students to attend the INTER-NOISE Congress and network with senior engineers. History of the program is as follows:

How Does the Grant Program Work?

A call for applications goes out about 9 months before the INTER-NOISE Congress. The rules of the competition, the application form and other important information are posted on this I-INCE website (see below). In addition to completing and submitting the application form on this website, the applicants are required to complete Congress registration, comply with the deadlines for submission of the abstract and the manuscript as described on the conference website, and participate in the Congress. Students and young professionals are now required to submit their applications online on the I-INCE Young Professionals site. The applications are reviewed by an I-INCE judging panel and up to 20 awards are made. A provisional winners list is compiled and given to the technical program chair and staff of the INTER-NOISE Congress, and the best of the remaining candidates are put on a waiting list in case a provisional winner is unable to attend the Congress.

I-INCE Young Professional Congress Attendance Grants for INTER-NOISE 2019


The Board of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE) anticipates assigning funds to award 20 I-INCE Young Professional INTER-NOISE 2019 Congress Attendance Grants (YP Grants). Each I-INCE YP Grant has a value of 600 Euro. Note that Sociedad Española de Acústica (SEA) has also approved 10 Young Professional INTER-NOISE 2019 Congress Attendance Grants for Iberian applicants. Each SEA YP Grant has a value of 300 Euro. If you are an Iberian (currently residing in Spain or Portugal) please go to the SEA website for instructions on how to apply for their grants. Because the conference is being held in Madrid, Iberian applicants will only be considered for the SEA YP awards. Non-Iberian applicants will not be considered for the SEA YP awards.

Who is eligible?

Candidates can be either undergraduate or postgraduate students, postdoctoral, or young acousticians or noise control engineers working in industry. Candidates must be relatively early in their professional careers (typically less than 10 years of active career). Preference will be given to students.

Prior I-INCE grant winners are not eligible for the I-INCE Young Professionals Grants.

How do I apply?

Deadline: Same date as the INTER-NOISE 2019 Abstract Deadline - November 30th, 2018

  1. First, submit your abstract using the INTER-NOISE 2019 abstract submission portal. Instructions are given on the website:
  2. Record the paper or abstract number given to you upon submission of the abstract
  3. Download the Young Professionals application form in MSword format here or in PDF format here
  4. Rename the file with your abstract number: #####_IN19_YPG_YourLastName.pdf
  5. Complete the YP grant application. Follow instructions given in yellow section on the form.
    Describe research in only one paper for the YP grant process, even if you anticipate having multiple papers in the Congress.
    The research described should relate to the paper that you will submit associated with the abstract reproduced in the application.
    These are highly competitive, prestigious awards, so please follow instructions and edit your application carefully before submitting. If you do not follow instructions, you will not receive an award.
    1. Required information and a copy of the submitted INTER-NOISE abstract.
    2. One page that provides more details on theory, experiments, results or conclusions, as relevant to the paper that will be submitted for the abstract given on Page 1.
    3. One-page professional biography of the applicant.
    4. A copy of the applicant's passport or comparable (government issued) identity card.
    5. (optional, but highly desirable) A recommendation or funding support letter from your supervisor or an officer of your local I-INCE member society.
      A list of member societies can be found at:
  7. Combine the above information into a SINGLE PDF file and upload to this I-INCE web site Young Professionals Section using the file upload portal below.

Review Process, Registration and Notifications of Awards

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by an I-INCE YP Grants judging panel comprised of I-INCE Leaders.

Notification will be provided to successful applicants around 15 January 2019. Awardees' "complimentary" registration identification number will soon follow enabling successful applicants to register for the Congress without paying.

Note that the actual cost of your registration will be deducted from the award and the remainder of the award will be paid in local currency during the conference, if all the requirements have been met (see below). Awardees should check to see if there are volunteers needed to help during the conference, volunteering may reduce registration costs further.

People sometimes decline awards because they have another award and they cannot accept both, or they are unable to complete their paper, or they are unable to attend the conference. Usually, after review there is a waiting list of applicants who reviewers thought worthy of receiving this prestigious Young Professional Award, but there were insufficient funds for them. Applicants on this waiting list will be informed. Should awards be declined, they will be reassigned to people on the waiting list.

The awardees who meet all the requirements below will receive the award and will have their names posted on the I-INCE website after the Congress to recognize their achievement of being a recipient of these prestigious awards.

Post Award Requirements of Young Professional Attendance Grant Awardees

After being informed that they have received the award and they have the "complimentary" registration code, the successful candidates must:

Grant Application and Congress Deadlines and Dates

YP Grant Announcement should appear before 2018, September 30
Deadline for Abstract Submission (INTER-NOISE 2019 site) 2018, November 30
Deadline for I-INCE (I-INCE site) and SEA YP Award Application (SEA Site) 2018, November 30
Notification of YP Grant (by email) close to: 2019, January 15
Deadline of Full Paper Submissions (INTER-NOISE 2019 site) 2019, March 1
Early Conference Registration Ends (INTER-NOISE 2019 site) 2019, April 15
I-INCE School on Practice of Noise Control (by invitation) 2019, June 16
Conference Opening Ceremony on Sunday Afternoon 2019, June 16
Young Professionals Workshop, Awards & Networking Session (by invitation) 2019, June 17

Check the conference website for any updates.

INTER-NOISE 2019 Secretariat for answers to questions about the conference, e.g., abstract and paper submission, and registration.

Osman Taha Sen, I-INCE YP Coordinator or Patricia Davies, I-INCE VP, Technical Activities, if you have questions about the Young Professionals Activities or the Young Professionals Awards at INTER-NOISE 2019.

I-INCE Young Professionals Workshop at INTER-NOISE Congress

Once the winners of the Young Professionals Grant have been determined, they are invited to this Workshop so that they can gain valuable contacts and view presentations by noise control professionals. When there is room available, the invitation is also extended to most students who register for the Congress. A notice about the Workshop is posted on the INTER-NOISE Congress website, giving those who are not directly invited a chance to contact the Workshop organizers in order to attend the Workshop.

Workshop attendees are treated to discussions of topics such as:

This is usually followed by the presentation of certificates to Young Professional Travel Grant Awardees and a social networking reception (by invitation only) with I-INCE leaders and noise control experts.

Examples of Past Young Professionals Recent Workshop Presentations

How to Network? - S. Hambric (Pennsylvania State University)
A network is a group of people who help each other. For example, from the network, you can find information to help with your job and find opportunities for new projects. Professional networking is best done face to face, and professional meetings are a great place to start and/or grow your own personal network. Good times to network at professional meetings are during evening socials, coffee breaks, at the vendor exposition, bus and taxi rides, poster sessions, and after sessions. Join groups talking with presenters and authors. Ask about other people's research interests, their company or university, and their country. Exchange business cards with people. You can help your new contact later by referring one to another of your contacts.

Mission and Activities of I-INCE: - R. Singh
Professor Singh has discussed the I-INCE mission and its history. Various technical activities, publications and programs for young professionals are briefly explained. Young professionals are invited to become involved and participate in the planning of future technical sessions.

How to Publish a Paper on Noise? - C. Burroughs, J. S. Bolton and P. Davies
The main elements of all papers are: introduction, approach, results, conclusions, references. In the introduction, the author should state the problem. Offer a critical review of what has been done, and review relevant literature. Be careful to not overly engage in self-referencing. The approach should be clear, complete, and concise. There should be enough information for a reader to duplicate the work. Cite a reference when possible to avoid repeating material that is easy to find in a literature search. More information can be found in the INTER-NOISE 2010 Congress paper (by K. Attenborough, J.S. Bolton, P. Davies, C. B. Burroughs, S.A. Hambric, G. Maling, and R. Muehleisen), Publication of Your Paper on Noise, Paper # 467, INTER-NOISE 2010, 13 - 16 June 2010, Lisbon, Portugal. A copy of the paper is available through this link

How to Present a Paper at I-INCE Congresses? - P. Donavan (Illlingworth & Rodkin)
Presenting a paper at a conference is a three-step process - prepare the abstract and paper, prepare the slides, and present the paper. Keep the slides simple and use 18 or higher font. One slide per minute is a good guideline to follow. Since you'll only have their attention for a few minutes, adjust your content and consider the ability to grasp and remember the material. Practice your talk several times for timing. Do not read from prepared text, nor should you read directly from the slides.

Building up the Acoustics Community of Tomorrow - E. Ascari (EAA Young Acousticians Network)
The European Acoustics Association's Young Acousticians Network (YAN) is a Pan-European network for young people working in acoustics forming a community of young acousticians. They provide free services, connections with national activities and are a central contact point in Europe. YAN offers a mailing list and a monthly newsletter to keep members informed on various topics, including upcoming events and deadlines, publications from YAN members and society presentations. YAN also offers social events so that young acousticians can come together and network. More information can be found on their website.


A Noise Control Practice School took place just before INTER-NOISE 2018 in Chicago on Sunday 10am to 3pm. Another one is being planned for INTER-NOISE 2019 in Madrid. It will take place on Sunday and end just before the Congress Opening Ceremony. Young Professional Grant Awardees are invited to participate and other students can express interest in attending when they register for the Congress. Depending on space, some of those expressing interest in attending may be invited to attend. It is a five-hour School that includes four or five presentations on various aspects of Noise Control practice. As an example, the program for the 2018 School is shown below. The event in 2018 was co-sponsored by I-INCE and 3M.

INTER-NOISE 2018 Practice of Noise Control School Program

9:30 am - 10:00 am Check in and Welcome
Patricia Davies, I-INCE Vice President for Technical Activities
10:00 am - 10:45 am Case Studies from an Acoustic Consulting Practice
Renzo Tonin, Consultant, Renzo Tonin and Associates, Australia.

This presentation involves some interesting case studies that the author has been involved with in his acoustic consulting practice. The author is a consultant with Renzo Tonin & Associates in Sydney, Australia and is now mostly involved in expert witness work which involves the investigation of sound and vibration issues arising from commercial d.isputes and presenting evidence in court.

This presentation will focus on the following four topics:

  1. Wind Farm Noise - measurement and certification including the health effects of infrasound
  2. Gas Turbine installation - assessment of noise impact
  3. Coal Transfer Station - assessment of damage to the concrete structure caused by vibration during construction
  4. Road Pavement Noise - state-of-the-art measurement methods.
11:00 am - 11:45 am Case Studies in Appliance Noise Control
Sung Jin Kim, Technology Director, Midea Group, China.

Sung Jin Kim has worked on noise and vibration control of appliances for over 30 years. He has worked for LG, GE, Samsung and Midea and is currently the Technology Director at Midea's Corporate Research Center in Foshan, China.

In this presentation he will discuss how he approaches solving appliance noise and vibration problems and the art of working with product design teams to achieve multi-objective optimization including setting and meeting sound targets new appliances. The presentation will focus on the following three topics:

  1. Washing Machine Vibration - reduction of imbalance and foot force to the floor
  2. Large Axial Fan Noise - Noise source identification and balance between noise and flow rate
  3. Vacuum Cleaner Noise - Noise source identification and reduction. Sound quality improvement
Noon - 1 pm Lunch with INCE-USA Board of Directors and I-INCE Leaders in Chicago ABC, 5th Floor
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Vehicle and Product Noise Control - The Development Process and Case Studies
Gabriella Cerrato, Global Engineering Services Manager, Bruel & Kjaer, USA.
Gordon Ebbitt, Principal, Ebbitt Acoustical Consulting, LLC, USA.

Gabriella Cerrato has been working in industry (e.g., MTS, Fiat, Tecumseh Products) and consulting on a wide variety of noise and vibration problems since 1984. In 2005 she co-founded Sound Answers, an acoustics consulting company based in Canton, Michigan, which was acquired in 2015 by Bruel & Kjaer and where she now manages the Global Engineering Services. Gordon Ebbitt has worked on automotive-related noise problems at Bruel & Kjaer, Masland, Lear, Carcoustics and Toyota, also starting his career in the early 1980s. He is a specialist in acoustic materials and acoustic treatments. Gabriella and Gordon also both have an interest in sound quality and product sound design.

In this presentation they will highlight a structured approach to the diagnostic and solution of noise and vibration issues in products and vehicles in general. In the automotive industry, though the noise and vibration control processes are somewhat different among the automotive OEM's, there are many similarities. Those will be explored in an introduction to the general process and concepts used to develop and implement noise control strategies for passenger cars and light trucks. A few case studies will also be presented, some of them related to ground vehicles noise and vibration, others related to the noise and vibration performance of different products, such as consumer products, appliances, medical and construction equipment.

2:00 pm -2:45 pm Active Noise Control and Sound Design Case Studies
Rolf Schirmacher, Managing Director, Muller-BBM Active Sound Technology GmbH, Germany

Rolf Schirmacher has been working on Active Noise Control and Active Sound Design on a broad range of applications since the early 1990s. After pursuing his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Göttingen, he joined the consulting branch of Muller-BBM in 1996 and is Managing Director of its ANC branch since its inception in 2009.

In this presentation, he will discuss the concept of ANC and why a deep understanding of the physics of a specific noise issue is key to applying this advanced noise control technology. This does, unfortunately, also include the related effort and the limitations of its applicability.

The case studies will include coupled structure- & air-borne applications in a high-speed train as well as automotive engine noise control with extensions to sound design / acoustical user interface design.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Closing Remarks and Feedback

Demographics of Young Professionals Grants (from 2010 to 2018)

The Young Professionals Grant is truly an international affair with participation from thirty-eighth (38) countries. The enclosed table gives the demographics per country based on the country of origin of the participant and the country of work or study.

Country Country of Origin Country of Work/Study Country Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Albania 1 0 Korea 16 12
Argentina 2 2 Malaysia 0 1
Australia 1 6 Mexico 1 0
Austria 2 3 Netherlands 5 3
Belgium 3 3 New Zealand 1 2
Brazil 4 4 Pakistan 1 0
Canada 1 2 Poland 2 2
Chile 1 0 Russia 1 1
China 35 9 Serbia 4 4
Czech Republic 1 0 Singapore 0 1
Denmark 0 2 Spain 6 4
France 4 4 Sri Lanka 1 0
Germany 15 17 Sweden 1 3
Hong Kong 0 3 Switzerland 1 2
Hungary 2 2 Turkey 7 6
India 9 5 United Kingdom 4 13
Indonesia 2 2 USA 9 26
Iran 2 0 Vietnam 2 0
Italy 4 6 Zimbabwe 1 0
Japan 7 9

Previous Young Professionals Grant Winners

Winners of the 2018 Young Professionals Grant

YP Winners for 2018
First Last Country Country of Work
Ersen Arslan Turkey Turkey
Nicolás Bastián Chile Chile
Veerababu Dharanalakota India India
Caleb Goates USA USA
Siva Teja Golla India India
Kanji Ishikawa Japan Japan
Juhyun Jeon Republic of Korea Republic of Korea
Xishan Jiang China China
Jun Gu Kim Republic of Korea Republic of Korea
Guo Long China USA
Li Ma China Hong Kong
Miguel Yael Pereda Albarrán Spain Germany
Tobias Renz Germany Germany
Kangping Ruan China USA
Risako Tanigawa Japan Japan
Cédric Van hoorickx Belgium Belgium
Shuping Wang China China
Yu Xiong China USA
Yutong Xue China USA

Winners of the 2017 Young Professionals Grant

First Last Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Da-Young Kim Republic of Korea Republic of Korea
Miguel Angel Moratilla-Vega Spain United Kingdom
Yiqiao Hou China USA
Sipei Zhao China Australia
Hyeong Rae Lee Republic of Korea Republic of Korea
Bartlomiej Kukulski Poland Poland
Wei Huang China China
Omer Anil Tozkoparan Turkey Germany
Jens Mecking Germany Germany
Alexander Klabes Germany Germany
Miyu Hashimoto Japan Japan
Tang Qisen China China
Merve Esmebasi Turkey Turkey
Fanyu Meng China Germany
Xuhao Du China Australia
Zhengqing Liu China Australia
Christoph Struempfel Germany Germany
Andrew Price Canada Canada
Yangfan Liu China USA
Guillermo Quintero Perez Mexico Spain

Winners of the 2016 Young Professionals Grant

First Last Country
Simon Brown United States
Susumu Hirakawa Japan/United Kingdom
Paramasivam Balakrishnan India
Gil Jun Lee Republic of Korea/USA
Shahab Fatima India
Marko Jankovic Serbia
Joshua Meggitt United Kingdom
Alexander Lee Republic of Korea/Germany/Switzerland
Yuanfang Zhang China/France
Chang Liu China/The Netherlands
Behshad Noori Iran/Spain
Miodrag Stanojeevic Serbia
Ana Dordevic Serbia
Daniel Steele USA/Canada
Dongwoo Min Republic of Korea
Gahee Kwon Republic of Korea

Winners of the 2015 Young Professionals Grant

First Last Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Rui Cao China United States
Philip Feurtado United States United States
Filip Franek Czech Republic Republic of Korea
Youssef Gerges France/Lebanon France
Laure-Anne Gille France France
Rui He China United States
Michael Krak United States United States
David Larner Australia Australia
Seungkyu Lee Republic of Korea United States
Robertus Opdam The Netherlands Germany
Joseph Plattenburg United States United States
Leandro Rodiño Argentina/Spain Argentina
Sneha Singh India United Kingdom
David P. Song United States Republic of Korea
Guohua Sun China United States
Hongdan Tao China United States
Yuhui Tong China Australia
Antoni Torras-Rosell Spain Denmark

Winners of the 2014 Young Professionals Grant

First Last Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Marieke Bezemer-Krijnen Netherlands Netherlands
Martin Fischer Germany Germany
Silke Hohls Germany Germany
Sebastian John Germany Germany
Dong-Soo Kang South Korea South Korea
Christine Klei Germany Germany
Joonhee Lee South Korea USA
Zhao Peng China USA
Calum Shark UK UK
Andre Verstappen New Zealand New Zealand
Jung-Han Woo South Korea South Korea
Liang Yao China Japan
Yong-Bin Zhang China China
Jianwen Zheng China China

Winners of the 2014 Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCB) Grant

First Last Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Apoorv Agha India Singapore
David Bello Bondarenco Brazil Brazil
Abhijit Dhamanekar India India
Nicholas Durup United Kingdom United Kingdom
Rafael Gerges Brazil Brazil
Maya Mochizuki Japan Japan
Yasir Naveed Pakistan Hong Kong
Ni Puto Amanda Nitidara Indonesia Indonesia
Andreas Stephanus Indonesia Indonesia
Hongyun Tang China China
Sahan Hasaranga Wasala Sri Lanka New Zealand

Winners of the 2013 Young Professionals Grant

First Last Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Elena Ascari Italy Italy
Mai Fujiwara Japan Japan
Gabor Gareb Hungary Hungary
Markus Guldenschuh Austria Austria
Carsten Hoever Germany Sweden
Fabio Kaiser Austria Austria
Hasan Koruk Turkey Turkey & USA
Pyoung Jik Lee South Korea Switzterland
Katarina Paunovic Serbia Serbia
Sarah Payne United Kingdom United Kingdom
Andrea Prato Italy Italy
Edwin Reynders Belgium Belgium
Laura Rossi Italy Italy
Peter Rucz Hungary Hungary
Lena Schell-Majoor Germany Germany
Osman Sen Turkey Turkey
Cheng Yang China Hong Kong
Xiaozheng Zhang Chinav China

Winners of the 2012 Young Professionals Grant

First Last Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Vijaya Ambarisha India USA
Annalies Bockstael Belgium Belgium
Cameron Fackler USA USA
Maria Foraster Pulido Spain Spain
Christoph Hoeller Germany United Kingdom
Maarten Hornikx The Netherlands Sweden
Xin Hua China USA
Jeffrey Kastner USA USA
Seunghoon Lee Korea Korea
Shuhei Oka Japan Japan
Sönke Pelzer Germany Germany
Marcel Remillieux France USA
Jens Rohlfing Germany Italy
Josef Schlittenlacher Germany Germany
Louena Shtrepi Albania Italy
Rostand Tayong France France
Xavier Valero Spain Spain
Limin Zhou China USA

Winners of the 2011 Young Professionals Grant

Name Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
William Baker Zimbabwe England
Thilo Becker Germany Germany
Efren Fernandez-Grande Spain Denmark
Balthasar Fischer Switzerland Austria
Byoungho Kown Korea Korea
Hyun Lim Korea England
Thu Lan Nguyen Vietnam Japan
Quang Nguyenhuy Vietnam Japan
Eric Schreurs The Netherlands Australia
Jianwei Song China China
Hui Xie China England
Jianfei Yin China England

Winners of the 2010 Young Professionals Grant

Name Country
Ernesto Accolti Argentina
Umberto Berardi Italy
Hande Bezci Turkey
Krishna Prapoorna Biligiri India/USA & Sweden
Nikolay Kanev Russia
Michal Kozupa Poland
Caroline Marques Brazil
Samira Mohamady Iran/Malaysia
Elieni Strufaldi Brazil
Kim White The Netherlands
Julia Winwroth Sweden
Hui Xie China/England
Serkan Zeren Turkey
Updated by Professor Raj Singh, Professor Patricia Davies and Dr. O. Taha Sen, 2018, September 19.