INCE-USA Honors and Awards

The Institute of Noise Control Engineering presents honors and awards in recognition of outstanding service and activity to the noise control community.

These awards are made possible with the generous support of the INCE Foundation.

A summary history of INCE-USA awards, including winners through 2017 is available here.

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Upcoming INCE Awards and Honors for 2021

For INTER-NOISE 2021, the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the United States (INCE-USA) and the INCE Foundation are excited to be accepting nominations for four major awards:

These awards would be presented at the upcoming INTER-NOISE 2021 Congress, August 1-4, 2021. A brief summary for each of the awards, including submission/nomination deadlines, is provided below.


Interested in Applying?

To receive an application for these awards, please use the links below or send a request to:

Dana M. Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert.
INCE Vice President, Honors & Awards

Professional Awards

INCE-USA Members' Choice Project Award (New for 2021)

Award: Certificate and recognition of achievement in conference and INCE-USA materials.

Submission Deadline: April 8, 2021

Download the application here.

INCE-USA is offering the Members’ Choice Project of the Year Award to acknowledge notable project(s) completed in the field of noise control or architectural acoustics. The primary candidate must be an Associate or Full Member of INCE-USA. Of the applications received, finalists will be selected for voting by INCE-USA Members. One or more projects may receive the award during any given year.


George C. Maling Award for Excellence in Noise Control Engineering

Award: Engraved Memento and Honorarium of $3,000

Nomination deadline: April 8, 2021

Download the application here.

The George C. Maling Excellence in Noise Control Engineering Award is intended to provide, and disseminate widely, recognition for an outstanding project, product, or processes in the applied practice of noise control engineering. The project, product or process should demonstrate a significant contribution toward a quieter environment. The precise nature of the project, process, or product is not rigorously defined by policy, but is left to the nominator to establish and the judges to evaluate. Some examples of possible nominees may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Innovative consumer or industrial products developed specifically for the purpose of noise control or noise reduction,
  • Improvements to existing consumer or industrial projects to significantly reduce noise levels or noise exposure,
  • Development of new or improved techniques, materials or products for noise control, for buildings and construction,
  • Development or improvement of noise policy, guidance or standards resulting in greater or more consistent noise control engineering application or practice,
  • New or innovative techniques used in noise assessment or control for large transportation, energy or industrial projects, including environmental studies, design or construction projects,
  • Development or improvements of tools, equipment, processes, practices, computer programs and applications for use in noise analysis and control.


Nominations may be developed to recognize an individual or group of individuals for closely related contributions which, in the opinion of the nominator, constitute collectively a significant specific contribution to noise control engineering. The award shall consist of an engraved memento and an Honorarium of $3,000. A suitable nomination package for this award is not trivial and will require some time to prepare, so please request the nominating instructions at least one month before the submission deadline. There will be no extension of the submission deadline.


Student Awards

Award Eligibility for INCE-USA Student Awards

A person who has won any of the student/young professional awards previously is not eligible this year for that same award. A person may be nominated for both travel awards but will only be able to receive one of them. Participating in the Student Paper Competition does not affect eligibility for either of the travel awards. Student travel awardees must be Student Associates of INCE-USA. Applications to become an INCE-USA Student Associate are available at and membership is free for students. Awardees are determined solely by the INCE-USA Honors and Awards Committee and any independent volunteers who may be solicited by the committee. The INCE-USA Honors and Awards Committee will make awards based on nominee/applicant qualifications and available funding. Many thanks to the generous donors who make these awards possible.

INCE Student Membership -- Become a Student Associate

Full-time students enrolled in engineering, physics or architecture at a college or university having at least one ABET- or ACSA-accredited program, are eligible to become Student Associates of INCE-USA at no cost.

To become an INCE-USA Student Associate, find out more information here.


INCE Student Scholarship (New for 2021)

Award: $6,000 USD cash prize

Submission Deadline: April 8, 2021

Download the application here.

The INCE Student Scholarship is granted to a college student studying noise control or architectural acoustics in the United States of America who, through personal qualifications and proposed research experience, is judged to exhibit the highest potential for performing research benefiting some aspect of noise control and promoting its usefulness to society. An application must be received for each candidate wishing to be considered for this award.

Martin Hirschorn IAC Prize -- Graduate Student Project Award

Award: $4,000 USD cash prize

Submission Deadline: April 8, 2021

Download the application here.

This award is granted 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. An application must be received for each candidate wishing to be considered for this award, which shall contain detailed information about the student and the proposed project including a commitment to publish the results of the project in a form suitable for the Noise Control Engineering Journal.

Student Paper Competition

Award: $500 - $1,500 USD cash prize

Download the application here.

INCE-USA is pleased to announce a Student Paper Competition for INTER-NOISE 2021, with up to 5 awards given to the most outstanding papers. The Winners of the Student Paper Competition Awards will receive $500 USD, plus an additional $500 award if they attend the INTER-NOISE 2021 Awards Ceremony. If a winning paper is expanded and accepted after peer review for publication in the Noise Control Engineering Journal, the student will receive an additional $500 award.

"Classic Papers in Noise Control Engineering" Competition

Award: $1,000 USD cash prize*

Click here to download the application.

INCE-USA is sponsoring a special session of seminal noise control papers open to students, "Classic Papers in Noise Control Engineering" for INTER-NOISE 2021. Students will present on one of the classic papers listed in the entry form. An award will be given based on the student's presentation itself. The abstract should focus on the main thrust of the original paper and the focus of the presentation, which could also include additional work that has been done by the student presenter. The additional work could include reproduction of the results in the original paper, additional analysis, or influence of the original paper on subsequent research or noise control practice, etc. A winner, as determined by the INCE-USA judging panel, will receive $1000 *if she or he attends the INTER-NOISE 2021 Awards Ceremony.

INCE-USA Student Travel Awards

- Download the Michiko So Finegold Award Application here.

- Download the Hallberg Foundation Award Application here.

Michiko So Finegold Award (for graduate student/young professional travel)
For the eighth year, INCE-USA is pleased to offer the Michiko So Finegold Award, supporting U.S. graduate students and young professionals traveling to INTER-NOISE 2021 to present their work on noise effects, development of noise policy, and related aspects of noise control engineering. Qualified graduate students/young professionals can apply. This award is funded by the INCE Foundation through an endowment from the Michiko So Finegold Memorial Trust.

Hallberg Foundation Award (for student travel)
For the fifth year, INCE-USA is pleased to be able to offer the Hallberg Foundation award, supporting North American undergraduate or graduate students traveling to INTER-NOISE 2021 to present their work in any areas of noise control engineering. Multiple awards will be offered. As with the Michiko So Finegold Award, qualified students can apply. This award is funded by the INCE Foundation through an endowment from the Elizabeth L. and Russell F. Hallberg Foundation.

Honors from the Institute

Click the links below for listings of the individuals who have earned Honors from the Institute.

Full Listing of INCE-USA Awards

Click the links below to learn more about each award and when it will be offered next.

Professional Awards from the Institute:

Student Awards from the Institute:

Information on awards and support for students and educators is summarized on the Students and Educators page.

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