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Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation Board of Directors


Jose OrtegaJosé C. Ortega

José C. Ortega received a B.S. degree in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1957. Graduate work in physics with emphasis in acoustics led to an M.S. degree in 1961 from UCLA. He began his professional career in 1956 at Veneklasen Associates and its affiliate Western Electro-Acoustic Laboratory and that association continues today. His professional work has included microphone design and calibration, jet engine noise suppression, environmental noise studies, development of instrumentation and measurement methods related to acoustical scale models, managing an acoustical laboratory for testing of commercial products, and the design and evaluation of auditoria, television and recording studios. Mr. Ortega is currently Principal Emeritus at Veneklasen Associates, Inc. and an acoustical measurement consultant at Western Electro-Acoustic Laboratory, Inc. Mr. Ortega’s interests outside of his professional area include his family, reading Christian and classical books, woodworking, music, preservation of the natural environment and activities at his local church.


John LoVerdeJohn J. LoVerde

John J. LoVerde received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1989. He earned a Masters Degree in Acoustics for the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA he worked on the link between the acoustical energy and listener reaction to sound within auditoria. John has published over 20 technical papers in acoustics, teaches and lectures internationally presenting at the last seven meetings of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

David LubmanDavid Lubman

David Lubman is an acoustical consultant/scientist in Orange County, California specializing in architectural acoustics and noise. He is a founder of the new field of archaeoacoustics. His discoveries and insights about the engineering of sound by our ancient ancestors have appeared in Science, Scientific American, New Scientist, National Geographic, Science News, and in recent books. Lubman served as consultant for the Discovery Channel special “Joshua and the Walls of Jericho”. His interpretation of sound at the temple of Kukulkan is discussed in the History Channel’s “The Ancient Maya Power Centers” He’s been interviewed by National Public Radio, Science Friday, BBC London and Scotland, and German National Radio. Lubman has a deep interest in the acoustics of performing arts spaces, both secular and sacred. He served as national chair for architectural acoustics for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and Senior Editor of a book “The Acoustics of Worship Spaces”, published by the American Institute of Physics. Lubman was co-chair (with Louis C. Sutherland) of the ANSI Working Group that developed the highly influential classroom acoustic standard, ANSI S12.60. He is a strong advocate of that standard which, he believes, can greatly improve learning and scholastic achievement. He serves on ANSI and other standardization bodies. As a member of the Green Building Council, he and his colleagues have successfully introduced acoustical requirements into LEED architectural guidelines.His research advances have helped to standardize sound power measurements now widely used for rating noise of HVAC equipment. Lubman’s publications are cited in acoustical measurement standards stand as part of the scientific basis for acoustical measurements specified in national building codes. Lubman earned a BSEE (1960) from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MSEE from the University of Southern California (1962). He worked in the aerospace industry and taught university mathematics in southern California. Lubman is a Fellow of the ASA and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE). He served as an elected Director of INCE and ASA Executive Councilman, and as Chair of ASA’s Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics. In 2004, Lubman received ASA’s Helmholtz – Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver medal in Noise and Architectural Acoustics- For contributions to noise, standards, architectural acoustics, and archaeoacoustics.



Myron MannMyron Mann


Myron Mann is a professional educator, having a long career as a professor of physics in the Los Angeles Community College District. In addition to his continued service in that capacity on a part-time basis in semi-retirement, he teaches one physics class in a private high school. While pursuing graduate studies in physics, he worked part-time in acoustics, initially in the aerospace industry and later with an acoustical consulting firm. The latter employment continued throughout his teaching career during summer breaks. While engaged in college teaching, Mr. Mann developed and taught a very popular course in introductory acoustics. Many of his students were either professional musicians or were preparing for employment in the commercial music industry. Having had a lifetime of experience in vocal performance ranging from solo work to church choir to oratorio chorus, Mr. Mann is himself an active amateur musician.



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