Peter Moriarty, (ME 2011) won the 2010 Robert W. Young Award for Undergraduate Student Research in Acoustics for his proposal to do lab and field research on the phenomenon of apparent Faraday waves produced by the mating behavior and especially the acoustic oscillations of the American alligator. His lab research investigates the effect of periodic protuberances on Faraday wave onset and amplitude. There will be a field experiment to establish that the so-called “water dance” of the American alligator is in fact the result of the Faraday wave instability.
The Robert W. Young Award for Undergraduate Student Research in Acoustics is a gift to the Acoustical Society Foundation made by the family of the late Robert W. Young in his honor, establishing an annual grant for undergraduate student research awards.
Robert W. Young was a Physicist, Inventor and Researcher in musical acoustics and musical instruments. Young’s 63 research publications in musical acoustics concerned tuning of wind instruments, vibration of piano strings, temperature and humidity effects upon timing, inharmonicity of string vibration modes, and the resulting stretched scale of piano tuning. He was the associate editor for musical acoustics for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America for 45 years.
Peter Moriarty will receive his award in the 161st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Seattle, WA, in May 2011.