This mini-symposium presents diverse sounds from two perspectives: the diversity of noise and vibration problems in industry and the diversity of voices that is needed at our universities. In the first part of the mini-symposium, speakers from vehicle industry and high-tech industry will share their experiences with sound and vibration problems within their application fields. In the second part, we will learn about gender imbalance in academia and possible ways forward.
Biography of guestpeakers
Lic. Siv Leth
Siv Leth is senior consultant at Accum AB in Stockholm Sweden. She has been working on vehicle noise control at different positions in naval, mining, aerospace, automotive and railway industry for over 35 years. Siv has for the last 15 years, until 2016, been Head of the global Center of Competence for Acoustics and Vibration and Director in Specialist Engineering at Bombardier Transportation. Bombardier is one of the world’s largest supplier of rolling stock and rail equipment. Until mid 2017 she was adjunct Professor in Engineering Acoustics at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm within the Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research (MWL). She has participated in numerous international R&D projects: As Technical coordinator in the large European Shift2Rail JU for Cross Cutting Activities up to 2016 and chairing UNIFE (European Rail Industry) Noise Expert Group. She was independent Advisor to the European Commission in the Transport Advisory Group in FP7. Her initial training was in Naval Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden and as doctoral researcher in aeroacoustics at Luleå University of Technology. She is author of numerous papers published in international journals and conferences on acoustics of trains and aircraft.
Dr.ir. Francois-Xavier Debiesme
Francois is currently Project Lead within the business area of Development & Engineering at the department of Mechatronics at ASML (Veldhoven, the Netherlands). ASML is the world's leading manufacturer of chip-making equipment. He came in contact with acoustics during his mechanical engineering studies at Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC, France), thanks to a specialization in acoustics and industrial vibrations. He pursued studying underwater acoustics at Seatech (Florida, USA), a research center affiliated with Florida Atlantic University. The subject of his work was acoustic signatures of submarines and autonomous underwater vehicles. Coming back to Europe in 2000, he took a position for a Ph.D. in numerical methods for acoustics at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e, the Netherlands). He started at ASML in 2005. He held various positions, studying the impact of dynamics and acoustics on the performance of high tech lithographic equipment. In 2012 he became project manager for system dynamics, leading the development and implementation of dynamics architecture for each new generation of machines. In 2017, he shifted his focus to line management, concentrating on technical roadmaps.
Dr. Curt Rice
Since August 1, 2015, Dr Rice has been the Rector (President) of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus). He leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research, and was the head of the Board for Current Research Information System in Norway (CRIStin) through 2016. Before becoming Rector, he worked at the University of Tromsø (2002-2015). From 2002–2008, he was the founding director of their first Norwegian Center of Excellence, the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). From 2009–2013, he served as the elected Vice Rector for Research & Development (prorektor for forskning og utvikling). He is part of the European Science Foundation’s genderSTE COST action (Gender, Science, Technology and Environment); and helped create the BALANSE program at the Research Council of Norway, which is designed to increase the numbers of women at the highest levels of research organizations. He is on the Advisory Board of the European Commission projects EGERA (Effective Gender Equality in Research and Academia) (FP7) and LIBRA (H2020); was on the Science Leaders Panel of genSET (FP7), in which they advised the European Commission about gender in science; and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Gender Summits.