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Reducing Noise in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Primary Investigators:
Douglas Adams
Brief Description of Project:
The noise level in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in a hospital can negatively impact the health of the infant.  Many approaches have been used to reduce the noise that include staff training, warning lights, and ear coverings. However, the implementation of all of these measures have had limited success.   Implementation of an active noise cancellation system inside an infant isolette could significantly reduce the noise that an infant is subjected to in the NICO.

Desired Qualifications: 
Strong desire to learn new things.
An interest in conducting experiments and analyzing data to investigate the effects on noise levels.
Self-motivation to search for the information that is needed to complete a project.
Excellent teamwork and ability to collaborate with others.
Ability to communicate about the project including writing and presentation skills.
A basic understanding of physics including Newton’s Laws. 

Nature of Supervision:
Research staff and faculty adviser will supervise the student. 
Meetings will be held several times a week with research staff and once per week with faculty adviser to discuss challenges and solutions in the project. 

A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Discuss research plan and goals of the project.
Setup measurement system including sensors and data acquisition equipment.
Conduct experiments.
Analyze data.
Summarize and present results.
Repeat process after changes are made to traduce noise levels. 

Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Douglas Adams
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering