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Paul D. Schomer named recipient of the ASA Distinguished Service Citation

Acoustical Society of America Distinguished Service Citation

Grant and Award Announcement

Acoustical Society of America

Melville (NY), 8 October 2015--Paul D. Schomer, Owner and Principal of Schomer and Associates, has been named recipient of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Distinguished Service Citation for excellent service as Standards Director of the Acoustical Society of America and for leadership in the development of standards in acoustics and the standards program. The Distinguished Service Citation is awarded to a member of the ASA in recognition of outstanding service to the Society. The award will be presented at the 170th meeting of the ASA on 4 November 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.

"For 14 years, I was given the opportunity to do meaningful work that I enjoy doing. ASA should get the award for affording me this opportunity" said Schomer.

Paul Schomer received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering-Acoustics from the University of Illinois. He held the position of Standards Director of the ASA from 2002 to 2015 when he was named Standards Director emeritus. Dr. Schomer served as Executive Director and board member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Inc., Head of the U.S. Delegation of Technical Committee 43 (acoustics) and Subcommittee 1 (noise) of the International Organization for Standardization, Chair of Working Group 45 dealing with environmental noise assessment of the International Organization for Standardization, and Chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers Construction Site Sound Level Subcommittee.

Dr. Schomer's main interest over the years has been all aspects of environmental noise, but he has also made significant contributions to the measurement of building acoustics including development of what came to be known as the MILISSA system for his Ph.D. a full decade before the Milissa was developed, and new work this past year on using intensity to measure the ability of homes to shield the occupants from outside noise. In environmental areas, Dr. Schomer has 47 years of experience dealing with noise measurement and the effects of noise on people and communities. This experience includes airport, aircraft, helicopter, construction and traffic noise, general industrial and urban noise, wind turbine noise, blast and mining noise, small arms gunfire noise.

Paul Schomer is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a Board Certified Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA. He was named Engineer of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1990 and One of the Top 10 Federal Engineers of the Year (1990) by the National Society of Professional Engineers. He holds the US Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the second highest award given by the Army.


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. For more information about the Society visit our website,

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