RSG Senior Director honored with The William W Lang Award for the Distinguished Noise Control Engineer

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Thu, 11/19/2020 - 10:14am -- Denise Sortor

The Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE) honored RSG Senior Director Kenneth Kaliski, PE, QEP, INCE Bd. Cert. with The William W. Lang Award for the Distinguished Noise Control Engineer. The award, which is given every two years, acknowledges Ken’s meaningful service to and enthusiastic support of INCE Board Certification, notable contributions to the field of wind turbine acoustics, and use of rigorous analytics and novel approaches to advance the field of noise control engineering.

“This award means a great deal to me. It is an honor to be recognized by my peers in this way,” said Ken. “Noise is unique in that it is something everyone can relate to. We are all experts in what we consider noise, but there are only a few of us that understand the complex mechanisms such that we can engineer successful solutions. That’s what makes the work interesting.”

INCE’s traditional awards ceremony, which would have been held in a large auditorium filled with peers and colleagues in the acoustics field, was canceled this year due to the pandemic. Instead, INCE’s president, Michael Bahtiarian, INCE Bd. Cert., traveled to RSG’s headquarters in White River Junction in September to present the award to Ken in person during a socially distanced ceremony attended by a small group that included RSG’s CEO, President, and members of RSG’s acoustics services team.

“Ken has clearly given significant, meaningful volunteer efforts to INCE USA, and as president, I’d like to thank him for his service, and also thank RSG’s president and CEO for supporting Ken while he does that,” said Michael while presenting the award to Ken.

As a recipient of The William W. Lang Award for the Distinguished Noise Control Engineer, Ken joins an elite group of acousticians, including the late Leo L. Beranek, who is widely regarded as the founder of modern acoustics and was an MIT professor. Previous recipients also include George Maling, who pioneered noise control engineering as an engineering discipline, and Eric Ungar, who is the foremost vibration and structural damping expert.

According to INCE, the award corresponds to the title of “Distinguished Professor” in academia, or to the Honorary Fellowship Award given by professional societies such as the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Ken is the twelfth person to receive the award since its inception.

Ken has been with RSG for over 30 years since its founding in 1986. During that time, he has served for 15 years on its Board of Directors. His work at RSG focuses on community noise monitoring and modeling, architectural acoustics, transportation noise, and industrial noise control projects. He also works on complex modeling projects in the fields of market and energy research. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for INCE where he is Board Certified, he is certified as a Qualified Environmental Professional through the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice and is a member of ASA. He is the coholder of Patent 7,092,853 for an Environmental Noise Monitoring System.

A full awards ceremony occurred on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET during the virtual NOISE-CON 2020 conference.