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Acoustics honor

Oct. 24, 2019

Electrical engineer Jorge Mateus wins prestigious undergraduate research award in acoustics

Object detection studies by an electrical engineering student at Michigan State University have earned him a prestigious Robert W. Young Award for Undergraduate Student Research in Acoustics.

Electrical engineering senior Jorge Mateus makes some noise for MSU with prestigious acoustics award.
Jorge Mateus is making some noise for MSU by winning an acoustics award for undergraduate research.

Jorge Mateus, a senior in MSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), is one of four undergraduate researchers from around the world to receive the honor from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). The $500 award comes with an opportunity to present his work at ASA’s bi-annual Acoustics 2020 conference in Chicago next year.

His research focuses on utilizing acoustic/ultrasonic arrays for object detection, which can eventually be implemented in a wide range of applications including autonomous vehicles and motion sensors.

Mateus is an undergraduate research assistant working in the Physical Ultrasonics, Microscopy and Acoustics (PUMA) lab in the ECE Department. The PUMA lab works on advancing ultrasonics, acoustics and vibration for material characterization, nondestructive evaluation, and microscopy.

His adviser is ECE Assistant Professor Sunil Chakrapani, who heads the PUMA lab. The award selection is based on a research proposal with an adviser in the area of acoustics.

Mateus is from Luanda, Angola.