Board Of Directors

John J. Loverde

John J. LoVerde is the Director of Architectural Acoustics at Veneklasen Associates, and has more than 34 years of experience in acoustical consulting. John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1989. He earned a Masters’ Degree in Acoustics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has designed all building types, including thousands of guestrooms and multifamily residential spaces. He has also developed specialized acoustical risk management programs for owners and developers, which they employ portfolio-wide. John has published over 160 technical papers and presented at numerous conferences around the world. In November 2009, he was appointed to ASA’s Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics, and in 2013, he was recognized in the field as a full Member of the ASA. In 2017, John became a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for contribution to noise and impact sound control. John has also provided the theory for 9 of the 12 current impact metrics recognized in the ASTM E33 standards.

Wayland Dong

As Director of Applied Research at Veneklasen Associates, Wayland Dong develops calculation and measurement methods and maintains a high level of technical capability among the staff. He is an active member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the international acoustics research community. He has coauthored papers in the Journal of the ASA and given numerous presentations at ASA meetings and international conferences, as well as at other professional meetings and architectural and developer groups. Impact and airborne noise isolation in multifamily structures has been his longstanding research subject. Other subjects include uncertainties in acoustical measurement methods, sampling, and calculation methods for exterior façade analysis, and measurements of flanking noise transmission.

Gary E. Mange

Gary Mange has more than fifty years experience in environmental acoustical measurements and analysis, during which, he has been an active member of ASTM and the Audio Engineering Society. In his career, Gary worked on the acoustic designs of residences, office buildings, churches, industrial plants, and large amphitheaters. Gary also developed the NOMAS (NOise from Multiple Acoustic Sources) model, which was used for several years before commercialization of other similar models. He served as the Lab Manager of the Western Electro-Acoustic Laboratory from 1999 to 2015. He has been an integral part of the Foundation since 2015, and has steered the direction of the Foundation such that a maximum impact can be made in the field of Acoustics.

Previous Board of Directors

David Lubman (1996 - 2024)

David passed away on March 31, 2024 and we remember him for his contribution to the Foundation. We wish that he rest in eternal peace.

David joined the board of the Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation in 1996. He favored projects that not only had an academic interest but would directly benefit the less fortunate, championing research proposals on subjects such as cochlear implants, ultrasonic wound healing, and a thermoacoustic stove to reduce indoor air pollution. He led the Foundation's effort to produce Steven Garrett’s textbook Understanding Acoustics, which is the first open-source acoustics textbook. During his tenure with the foundation, David was also awarded the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal in Architectural Acoustics and Noise by ASA, recognizing his work in noise and standards, and for his contributions to architectural and archeological acoustics.

Joe Ortega (1996 - 2007)

Joe passed away recently we remember him for his contribution to the Foundation. We wish that he rest in eternal peace.

Joe served as the CEO and the Board of Director of the Foundation until 2007. Joe worked with Paul Veneklasen from 1957 - 2007, for 50 years! He had an immense contribution to the field of Acoustics such as development of microphones for boundary layer pressure fluctuations, boundary layer control for aircraft noise, and development of specialized electro-acoustic microphones (teeth microphones) for communication in aircrafts, among other things. He is also credited with the design of several auditorium spaces around the world.

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