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Singh to be honored with 2016 Distinguished Control Engineer Award

Rajendra Singh, faculty emeritus, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University, will be honored with the Distinguished Noise Control Engineer Award on June 15 at the NoiseCon 2016 Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.  The conference is presented by INCE-USA, a member society of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering, a consortium of organizations with interests in acoustics and noise control.  To learn more about the award click here.

Singh will be recognized for his long career as an outstanding researcher in the area of gear noise, as an exemplary educator in the noise control industry, and for extensive contributions to INCE-USA and I-INCE that have enhanced professional discussions and connections within the industry.  Jeff Fullerton, vice president of Honors and Awards for INCE-USA, noted, “Dr. Singh joins a very impressive group, all of whom have shaped and advanced noise control as a benefit to society and as a profession.”  His nominators lauded his “pioneering work on the vibro-acoustic and nonlinear analyses of machine elements,” and would rank Singh among the top international leaders in these fields.  They cited Singh as “a source of intellectual stimulation and scholarly excitement to bright and motivated students,” and acknowledged his effective leadership in the noise control profession.

Singh’s research interests include machine dynamics, acoustics and vibrations, non-linear dynamics and signal processing, automotive noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control, and geared system dynamics and acoustics.  He is director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Program’s (I/UCRC) Smart Vehicle Concepts Center at Ohio State, launched in 2007.  Singh is senior fellow, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and the first holder of a distinguished chair at Ohio State, the Donald D. Glower Chair in Engineering.  He has also directed over 18 million dollars in sponsored research and grant programs over two decades.

He has published more than 450 papers including 229 journal articles, nine books and one patent, and has supervised 44 PhD students, 74 master’s students and 48 bachelor’s degree students.  Singh developed an innovative graduate sequence on noise and vibration control in partnership with General Motors, introduced new courses in acoustics, machine dynamics and digital signal processing and developed a comprehensive and unique undergraduate honors program in mechanical engineering.

He has served on numerous professional society and other boards and editorial boards, including as past president of INCE-USA.  Singh is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and was elected to the inaugural class of Ohio State’s Emeritus Academy in 2014.  He has consulted with more than 50 organizations throughout his career including General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Renault, Nissan, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Cummins, Apple, Microsoft, Dow Chemical and Eaton, among many others.

Letters supporting Singh’s nomination from industry, academia, INCE-USA and I-INCE included a letter from Courtney Burroughs, INCE-USA, who stated, “He is an amazing contributor to research, teaching and service.”  Teik C. Lim, dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Cincinnati commented, “Professor Singh is a prolific scholar, researcher and innovator of forward-thinking solutions…with major  accomplishments that would not have happened if not for his lasting contributions in the field of noise control and acoustics and the respect he commands from his peers.”


INCE-USA is a non-profit, membership-driven professional organization incorporated in Washington, D.C. and is a Member Society of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering, a consortium of organizations with interests in acoustics and noise control. Its primary purpose is to promote noise control solutions to environmental, product, machinery, industrial and other noise problems.