Make a noise! Acoustics professor at KU wins award

University of Kansas architecture professor Robert C. Coffeen has been named the nation’s top educator in acoustics by the Acoustical Society of America.

The prize is awarded every year by the leading international society devoted to the science and technology of sound.

“I am honored and feel privileged to receive the Rossing Prize,” Coffeen said in a statement. The lecturer and adjunct associate professor at the KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning teaches all or a portion of 10 courses focusing on acoustics of buildings, including room acoustics, architectural noise control and electroacoustic sound reproduction.

“Having him here makes our school a greater place,” said John Gaunt, dean of the School of Architecture. “He often tells his students that ‘there’s more to sound than what you hear,’ and thanks to his passion and gift for teaching, his students understand that.”

Previously, Coffeen, who has been an acoustical consultant on projects around the world, also was a radio engineering officer with the U.S. Army; principal engineer with Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City; founder and principal consultant for Coffeen Fricke & Associates, consultants in acoustics and audiovisual communication, in Lenexa; and principal of R.C. Coffeen, consultant in acoustics, in Leawood.