Sabra Awarded 2015 Medwin Prize

Karim Sabra of the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded the Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) for contributions to the development of ambient noise inversion techniques. The award was presented at the 169thmeeting of the ASA on 20 May 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography was established in 2000 from a generous gift made to the Acoustical Society Foundation by Herman and Eileen Medwin to recognize a person for the effective use of sound in the discovery and understanding of physical and biological parameters and processes in the sea.

Dr. Sabra’s research interest is in acoustic and elastic wave propagation with an emphasis on underwater acoustics, medical ultrasound, biomechanical testing, and signal processing. He is also interested in developing robust sensing modalities using non-conventional signals commonly regarded as nuisance such as ambient noise.

Karim Sabra earned an M.S. in Engineering from ENSTA, Paris and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He served as a Project Scientist at the Scripps Institution in Oceanography in San Diego before joining The George W. Woodruff School ofMechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007 where he is an Associate Professor.

Dr. Sabra is a Fellow of the ASA. He was awarded the A. B. Wood Medal and Prize of the Institute of Acoustics (UK) in 2009 and the R. Bruce Lindsay Award of the Acoustical Society of America in 2011.

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum ofthe study of acoustics. ASA publications include the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America—the world’s leading journal on acoustics, Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The Society also holds two major scientific meetings per year.