Lily Wang

Lily Wang, Associate Dean for Faculty and Inclusion, University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Past President, Acoustical Society of America

Dr. Lily Wang is a Professor in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, and Associate Dean for Faculty and Inclusion in the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Her primary research interests are in room acoustics and noise control. Dr. Wang is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA); Board-Certified by the Institute of Noise Control Engineering; a Professional Engineer licensed in Acoustics through the state of Oregon; and a recipient of the ASA Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship, ASA R. Bruce Lindsay Award, NSF CAREER Award, and ASHRAE Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award.  She has also received a number of teaching and mentoring awards, including the ASA Student Council Mentoring Award. She has served as ASA President (2018-19), Vice-President (2015-16) and Chair of the its Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics (2004-07).

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One Society’s Approach to Leadership


The Acoustical Society of America has engaged in a number of programs that have provided opportunities for leadership development at different levels of the society, from those at an early career stage to general members to elected leaders of the society.  These include hosting an ASA School to connect junior and senior members of the society, an Early-career Acousticians Retreat that helps to build engagement and desirable skills among early career members, a fundraising Campaign for ASA Early Career Leadership, a number of activities aimed at engaging membership in activities and decisions that support the society’s recent Strategic Plans, improving communications on how to volunteer in the society, and onboarding activities for new officers and Executive Council members.  This presentation reviews the various initiatives and presents one outgoing officer’s perspectives on what has worked well and potential areas for improvement to share with other professional societies.