WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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B A C K G R O U N D B Y S I D 4 R T P R O D U C T I O N / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M Wood's Contribution One clue to Wood's pre-eminent influence in his field can be found in his resume, which is16 pages long. "I started out helping to reduce the sound of 747 airplane engines for Pratt & Whitney," explains Wood. His manner is mild and in a flannel shirt and khakis he looks every bit the outdoorsman he has been for years, assisting his wife Brenda in her work raising and training Golden Retrievers. As he talks about a career that has spanned five decades, his pride is self-evident. Then he describes his role as a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and as a past president of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. "We have over 950 members in the society, from all over the U.S. and overseas," he says, with quiet satisfaction. The latter promotes professional competency in noise control engineering with seminars and recognitions for excellence. Wood's resume is a summary of his consulting expertise and reads like a comprehensive overview of his chosen field. From industrial applications (power generation and paper mills to pipelines and rail- ways) to aircraft design, building construction, and product noise reduction he has had his hand in almost every area of noise-generating human activity. One measure of the man can be found in his publications, which when taken in total comprise over two hundred manuals, sponsored reports, and papers, whether self-authored or written as collaborations. In range they run from efforts to reduce the impact of noise on residen- tial neighborhoods to virtually every area in the landscape of produc- tion that defines human enterprise. Yet Wood's contribution to his field and its impact on the lives we live can best be seen elsewhere in the form of a personal memoir dis- guised as a fond recollection of his years at Bolt, Beranek and Newman. 79 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7 A Little Quiet, Please!

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