Top IOA award for Ying-Tsong Lin

A leading world expert in underwater acoustics has received an award from the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) in recognition of his outstanding work in the field.

Dr Ying-Tsong Lin, Associate Scientist in Applied Ocean Physics and Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Massachusetts, USA, was presented with the A B Wood Medal by William Egan, IOA President, at the Institute’s Seabed and Sediment Acoustics conference in Bath.

The medal, awarded in memory of Albert Beaumont Wood, is aimed at younger researchers whose work is associated with the sea. Following his graduation from Manchester University in 1912, Albert Beaumont Wood became one of the first two research scientists at the Admiralty to work on antisubmarine defence. He designed the first directional hydrophone and was well known for the many contributions he made to the science of underwater acoustics and for the help he gave to younger colleagues.

Below is the citation for the award:

Ying-Tsong’s formal education was through the Taiwanese educational system, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the National Cheng Kung University, and his Master’s degree and Ph.D. degree (2004) from the National Taiwan University (NTU), all in the area of ocean engineering, with a specialty in ocean acoustics. After the receipt of his Ph.D. degree, Dr Lin came to WHOI, where he was a postdoctoral scholar from 2004-2008. This rather long stay as a postdoc enabled Dr Lin to get acquainted with both the research community and funding agencies in the USA, where he wished to stay. In 2008, Dr Lin was appointed as an Assistant Scientist at WHOI, and in 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Associate Scientist.

The research work that Ying-Tsong has conducted both at WHOI and at NTU can be summarised by five topics:

(1) bottom geo-acoustic property inversion

(2) underwater sound propagation in complex ocean environments

(3) sound propagation model development

(4) marine mammal acoustics

(5) passive acoustic source localization.

These five research topics concern both underwater acoustics (the forward problem) and acoustical oceanography (the inverse problem).

Though Dr Lin’s contributions in all of these areas is of high quality, he is perhaps best noted for his work in complicated, three-dimensional coastal environments. This work is a combination of experiment, theory, and computation, and Dr Lin is accomplished in all three. Dr Lin is also a very interdisciplinary researcher, and his interests include physical oceanography, marine biology, and marine geology, as well as (of course) acoustics.