What is the INCE Foundation?
The INCE Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt publicly-supported charitable organization. The INCE Foundation was established in 1993 with the approval of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA. It is incorporated in the State of New York, is organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and is classified as a publicly-supported charity. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
The purposes of the Foundation are to:
- support, promote, and advance scientific and educational activities directed toward the theory and practice of noise control engineering,
- aid in the progress and development of this field and related arts and sciences,
- promote, and support such scientific and educational activities through grants, funding, and financial assistance to various individuals, institutions, and organizations.
Awards given by the Foundation
The Martin Hirschorn IAC Prize
This prize is funded with the income from a $100,000 gift given in 1999 by the New York Community Trust, Martin Hirschorn IAC Fund. The prize is awarded annually, but for two different purposes:
- In odd-numbered years, the $4000 Martin Hirschorn IAC Prize is awarded "...as a contribution to the education of a graduate student studying noise control engineering in the United States of America who proposes a project related to an application of noise control engineering and/or acoustical conditioning of architectural spaces."
- In even-numbered years, the $4000 Martin Hirschorn IAC Prize is given for "The best paper on new and/or improved cost effective noise control and/or acoustical conditioning products as published in the two years preceding the award."
INCE Foundation Officers and Directors
Officers: Eric W. Wood, President, William J. Cavanaugh, Vice President–Development, Robert D. Hellweg, Secretary and Treasurer.
Directors: Leo. L. Beranek, Robert J. Bernhard, William J. Cavanaugh, Kenneth M. Eldred, Robert D. Hellweg, William W. Lang, George C. Maling, Jr., Alan H. Marsh
The INCE Foundation publishes an annual newsletter that describes the awards given each year. Copies of the newsletter may be obtained from George C. Maling, Jr. 60 High Head Road, Harpswell, ME 04079. Copies in PDF format may be obtained by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Contributions to the Foundation
Contributions to the INCE Foundation may be made by check or in conjunction with INCE/USA Member dues. Checks should be made payable to the INCE Foundation and sent to Robert D. Hellweg, Treasurer, INCE Foundation, 13 Pine Tree Road, Wellesley, MA 02482. All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged.
Individuals or companies contributing $100 or more to the Foundation can receive a copy of the 96-page booklet titled Noise and Vibration Control—Principles and Applications. The booklet is a collection of drawings and explanatory text that illustrate the principles of noise control. The material was prepared by the late Stig Ingemansson, and copies of the booklet were donated to the INCE Foundation by Ingemansson Technology AB in Gothenburg, Sweden. Alternatively, donors of $100 or more can receive a CD-ROM of all of the technical papers published in Noise Control Engineering Journal, Volumes 1-48 (1973-2000).
Or, donors of $100 or more can receive a copy of the 2010 report titled "Technology for a Quieter America" which was written by a National Academy of Engineering Study Committee chaired by George Maling. The report was published by the National Academies Press. Unlike the above two options, the report is not of insubstantial value, and $18 per copy is not tax deductible.
Recognition levels for donations to the INCE Foundation
- Benefactor: $1000 and up
- Patron: $500 - $999
- Sponsor: $250 - $499
- Donor: $100 - $249
- Friends: up to $99