Eoin A. King

Coordinator, Honors Program; Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
860.768.5953 UT 302B
Education

PhD, Acoustics, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland

PGrad Dip, Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland

BA BAI, Mechanical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland


Associate Professor King has been working at University of Hartford since 2013. The 2019 Belle K. Ribicoff Faculty Prize winner has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Acoustics. He was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Institute of Noise Control Engineers, as well as appointed as the editor of Noise New International, a quarterly magazine of INCE-USA. King is proud to continue research in the field of Environmental Acoustics.

Experience

Assistant Professor, University of Hartford, USA August 2013 – Present

  • Appointed as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Acoustics in August 2013.
  • Currently developing and delivering lectures in a variety of undergraduate engineering subjects including Architectural Acoustics, Environmental Acoustics, Noise and Vibration, as well as supervising senior design projects.
  • Acting as Academic Advisor to freshman students.
  • Continuing research in the field of Environmental Acoustics.
  • Writing and submitting research proposals as well as establishing collaborative links with private industrial partners and international research institutions.
  • Performing several administrative duties and contributing to the overall academic community at the University of Hartford.

Acoustics Engineer, Roughan & O’Donovan, Ireland June 2012 – July 2013

  • Primarily worked as a consultant to the National Roads Authority of Ireland (NRA).
  • Coordinated the development of all strategic noise maps for major roads in Ireland (approx 4,000km) in accordance with Phase II of EU Directive 2002/49/EC.
  • Successfully delivered noise map results to the Environmental Protection Agency (the designated national authority).
  • Acted in an adjunct role at Trinity College Dublin as course coordinator for the Institute of Acoustics’ distance-learning Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.
  • Delivered presentation to delegates from Croatia through the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) Program.
  • Successfully became Chartered Engineer in June 2013.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Jan 2008 – June 2012

  • Developed advanced strategic noise mapping techniques for the national roads network along with continued research in the field.
  • Assisted the NRA adopt a new noise calculation method along with the deployment of a noise monitoring network and the coordination of a post-EIA evaluation study.
  • Nominated by the Department of the Environment to represent Ireland as an expert in a European Technical Forum of Experts (CNOSSOS-EU) for the development of guidelines for the competent use of future common noise assessment methods.
  • Appointed Irish course coordinator for the Institute of Acoustics’ distance-learning Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.
  • Delivered lectures to undergraduate students in a variety of engineering subjects including Acoustics, Computer Science and Mechanics of Solids.
  • Invited to present aspects of my research to the SENSEable City Lab at MIT.

Director of Infrasonic Ltd., 28 Casino Road, Marino, Ireland June 2008 – June 2012

  • Founded a noise and vibration consultancy company, Infrasonic Ltd., along with two colleagues from Trinity College Dublin.
  • Coordinated a wide range of acoustic projects (e.g. background noise assessments, compliance monitoring) and delivered high quality technical reports and EIS documents.
  • Developed excellent management skills e.g. client management, project scoping, budgeting and have excellent knowledge of acoustics legislation and policy.
  • Awarded Innovation Voucher from Enterprise Ireland (2008).

Environmental Acoustician, National Roads Authority, Ireland April 2007 - Jan 2008

  • Developed all strategic noise maps for major roads in Ireland (approx 600km) in accordance with Phase I of EU Directive 2002/49/EC.
  • Advised the NRA on many issued related to environmental noise, e.g. reviewed several Environmental Impact Statements and assisted in public procurement tender evaluations.

Professional Membership

  • Engineers Ireland
  • Institute of Acoustics (UK)
  • Acoustical Society of America (Membership Approval Pending)

Academic Service and Career Development

I am actively engaged in a personal continuing professional development (CPD) plan through my membership with professional institutions. This includes the development of skills in project management, risk management, communication and other key competencies. I also act as a peer reviewer for several journals and funding agencies (listed below).
Journal Reviews
  • Applied Acoustics (Impact Factor: 0.887)
  • Science of the Total Environment (Impact Factor: 3.190)
  • Journal of Environmental Management (Impact Factor: 2.596)
  • Landscape and Urban Planning (Impact Factor: 2.004)
  • Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
  • Sustainable Cities and Society

Funding Agency Reviews

  • METRANS Transportation Centre, USA
  • Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) - Flanders Research Foundation, Belgium
  • Boards and Working Group Membership
  • CNOSSOS-EU Technical Forum of Experts (European Commission)
  • CNOSSOS-EU Working Group 2 – Road Traffic Noise
  • CEN Working Group (CEN/TC 226 WG 6 TD 2 N457) – Noise Barrier Assessment
  • National Noise Map Steering Group (EPA, Ireland)
  • National Noise Map Technical Group (EPA, Ireland)
  • Peer Review Group for the IOA’s Good Practice Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-
  • 97 for Wind Turbine Noise Assessment

Contributions to Other Publications

  • A Good Practice Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-97 for the assessment and Rating of Wind Turbine Noise, Institute of Acoustics, May 2013
  • Towards a Comprehensive Noise Strategy, Report prepared for the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (PE492.459), November 2012.
  • Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe (CNOSSOS-EU), European Commission Joint Research Centre Reference Report (Report EUR 25379 EN), September 2012.
  • Noise Management and Abatement, Report prepared by Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR), April 2010.

Research and Grants

My research to date has been highly multidisciplinary and I have maintained a steady rate of publication since being awarded my Ph.D. Articles have appeared in such journals as Energy Policy (Impact Factor: 2.723), Environment International (4.69), Applied Acoustics (0.887), Journal of Environmental Management (2.596), Environmental Impact Assessment Review (1.944) and Transportation Research Part D (1.108).

Collaboration also forms a major part of my research. This is evidenced by my work with experts from planning (Dr. Enda Murphy, University College Dublin), air quality (Prof. Aonghus McNabola, Trinity College Dublin), nanotechnology (Dr. Shane Bergin, Imperial College London, UK) and public policy (Dr. Vincent O’Malley, NRA, Brian McManus, Dublin City Council, Jeff Parnell, New South Wales Department of Planning, Australia).

Research Interests include:

  • Environmental Acoustics
  • Environmental Planning
  • Musical Acoustics

Grants

Title: Contribution of floor treatment characteristics to background noise levels in health care facilities Funding: Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation $40,000

Description: Activity noise in hospitals is highly dependent on floor treatments. The objective of this project is to assess the acoustic properties of a range of different floor surfaces with and without certain underlayments. This application was written in conjunction with Prof. Bob Celmer (University of Hartford)

Title: Testing, modelling and optimal design of noise barriers for Ireland

Funding: NRA Research Fellowship Programme (2010)

€140,843

Description: The objective of this project is to improve current assessment procedures for determining the acoustic performance of road traffic noise reducing devices. This application was written in conjunction with Prof. Henry Rice (Trinity College Dublin) and Prof. Bidisha Ghosh (TCD).

Title: Evaluating the performance of microphone wind shields in high wind speeds

Funding: Innovation Voucher Award, Enterprise Ireland (2008). €5,000

Description: The research involved assessing wind effects on a microphone mounted in a wind tunnel and may lead to the development of a correction factor for measuring noise in high winds. The results of this study were presented at an international noise conference in Ottawa, Canada in 2009. This funding was presented to Infrasonic Ltd.

Title: Development of advanced strategic noise maps for the national road network

Funding: NRA Research Fellowship Programme (2007) €209,000

Description: The objective of this research was to develop advanced methods of measuring and predicting road traffic noise on national roads in order to assist the NRA meet their legislative requirements under EU Directive 2002/49/EC. This application was written in conjunction with Prof. Henry Rice (TCD)

Title: An independent tool for strategic noise mapping

Funding: HPC-Europa Transnational Access Scholarship (2006). €2,000 approx

Description: This Transnational Scholarship funded a collaborative visit to Cineca, Italy’s largest high performance computer centre. Research results were presented at the International Congress of Acoustics, Madrid, Spain in 2007.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • E. Murphy, E.A. King, An assessment of residential exposure to environmental noise at a shipping port, Environment International, 63:207-215, February 2014
  • E.A. King, F. Pilla, J. Mahon, Assessing noise from wind farm developments in Ireland: a consideration of critical wind speeds and turbine choice, Energy Policy, 41:548-560, February 2012
  • E.A. King, V.P. O’Malley, Lessons learnt from post EIS evaluations of national road schemes in Ireland, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 32(1):123-132, January 2012.
  • E.A. King, E. Murphy, H.J. Rice, Evaluating the impact on noise levels of a ban on private cars in Dublin city centre, Ireland, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 16(7):532-539, October 2011
  • E.A. King, E. Murphy, H.J. Rice, Implementation of the EU environmental noise directive: Lessons from the first phase of strategic noise mapping and action planning in Ireland, Journal of Environmental Management, 92(3):756-764, March 2011. (This paper was reported on in Science for Environment Policy, the newsletter of the European Commission’s environmental news service for policy makers, distributed to over 11,00 subscribers. Issue 230, February 2011)
  • E. Murphy, E.A. King, Scenario analysis and noise action planning: Modelling the impact of mitigation measures on population exposure, Applied Acoustics, 72(8):487- 494, July 2011 (This paper was reported on in Science for Environment Policy - Special Issue 29, November 2011)
  • E. Murphy, E.A. King, Strategic environmental noise mapping: Methodological issues concerning the implementation of the EU Environmental Noise Directive and their policy implications, Environment International, 36(3):290-298, April 2010. (This paper was reported on in Science for Environment Policy - Special Issue 192, April 2010)
  • E.A. King, H.J. Rice, The development of a practical framework for strategic noise mapping, Applied Acoustics, 70(8):1116-1127, August 2009
  • E.A. King, E. Murphy, A. McNabola, Reducing pedestrian exposure to environmental pollutants: A combined noise exposure and air quality analysis approach, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 14(5):309-316, July 2009
  • E. Murphy, E.A. King, H. J. Rice, Estimating human exposure to transport noise in central Dublin, Ireland, Environment International, 35(2)298-302, February 2009
  • Vincent O’Malley, E.A. King, Larry Kenny, Chris Dilworth, Assessing methodologies for calculating road traffic noise levels in Ireland – Converting the CRTN indicators to the EU indicators, Lden and Lnight, Applied Acoustics, 70(2):284-296, February 2009

Published Conference Proceedings

  • E.A. King, Strategic noise mapping in Ireland (Phase Two): Implementation of lessons learned from the first phase’, Proceedings of Internoise 2012, New York, United States.
  • E.A. King, S. Bergin, R. Storey, Investigating the acoustic characteristics of carbon nanotube buckypaper, Proceedings of Internoise 2012, New York, United States.
  • E. Murphy, E.A. King, Residential Exposure to port noise: a case study of Dublin, Ireland, Proceedings of Internoise 2012, New York, United States.
  • F. Pilla, E.A. King, B. Broderick, R. Britter, Real-time measurement of inhabitants exposure to noise and air pollutants with a network of sensors, IBM Second workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications, Newcastle, UK, PURBA 2012.
  • E.A. King, J. Parnell, V.P. O’Malley, The assessment and control of road traffic noise: A comparison between Irish and Australian policy, Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem (ICBEN) 2011, London, UK.
  • E.A. King, E. Murphy, A critical review of current policy for the assessment of nighttime noise in the EU, Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem (ICBEN) 2011, London, UK.
  • G. Bennett, E.A. King, J. Curn, V. Cahill, H.J. Rice, Environmental noise mapping using measurements in transit, Proceedings of ISMA 2010, Leuven, Brussels.
  • E.A. King, B. McManus, P. McDonald, H.J. Rice, Evaluating the impact on noise levels arising from a ban on private cars in Dublin city centre, Proceedings of Internoise 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • E. Murphy, E.A. King, Strategic noise mapping, population exposure estimates and ‘acoustical planning’ mitigation analysis in a European capital city, Proceedings of Internoise 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • E.A. King, H.J. Rice, V.P. O’Malley, Assessing the suitability of using the recommended interim method for road traffic noise mapping in Ireland, Proceedings of Euronoise 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • E.A. King, H.J. Rice, V.P. O’Malley, Measuring road traffic noise in Ireland: Evaluating the suitability of the CRTN shortened measurement procedure, Proceedings of Euronoise 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • E.A. King, J. Mahon, F. Pilla, H.J. Rice, Measuring noise in high wind speeds: Evaluating the performance of wind shields, Proceedings of Internoise 2009, Ottawa, Canada.
  • E.A. King, H.J Rice, The development of an independent noise prediction model, Proceedings of the 19th International Congress on Acoustics, Madrid, Spain, 2007.
  • E.A. King, H.J Rice, Relating short-term measurements to the Lden indicator, Proceedings of Internoise 2007, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • E.A. King, H.J Rice, Refining noise maps for public dissemination, Proceedings of Euronoise 2006, Tampere, Finland.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Mapping for sustainability: environmental noise and the city’ E. Murphy, E.A. King in Methods for Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences, ed. F. Fahy and H. Rau, London: Sage, February 2013.

Published Reports

  • ‘Environment Transport Interface’, M. O’Mahony, H. Rice, B. Broderick, B. Caulfield, R. O’Donoghue, B. Ghosh, E. Murphy, E.A. King, R. Ganguly, K. Delaney, Synthesis Report prepared for Environmental Protection Agency, 2012.
  • ‘Data Flow 4 Statistical Data – Supplementary Report Major Roads for: Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC)’, E.A. King, T. Stafford, Environmental Protection Agency, 2007.

Popular Media & News Services

  • ‘Study claims Dublin port noise above WHO guidelines’, article by F. McDonald, Irish Times, January 3rd, 2014
  • ‘Loud music used to lure teen buyers’ article by S. Maguire, Sunday Times, July 1st, 2012.
  • ‘Dublin city centre car ban has little impact on noise’ article by S. Maguire, Sunday Times, May 20th 2012
  • ‘The sound of silence: preparing for the roar of electric vehicles’ E.A. King, H.J. Rice, in Acoustics Bulletin, the Institute of Acoustics’ bi-monthly newsletter, Vol 36(6), November, 2011

Articles/Books Under Preparation

PUBLISHED

  • E. Murphy, E.A. King, Environmental Noise Pollution: Noise Mapping, Public Health and Policy, Elsevier in May 2014.

UNDER PREPARATION

  • E.A. King, E. Murphy, A critical review of the use of A-weighting for environmental noise assessments, Journal paper under preparation.
  • E.A. King, The development of a noise annoyance map, Journal paper under preparation.

Presentations and Invited Talks

  • Noise Mapping Ireland’s National Roads Network, E.A. King, Presentation given as part of the Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year Award Competition, October 2013
  • Environmental Engineering, E.A. King, Invited lecture to MSc Environmental Engineering Course, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, November 2012.
  • Strategic noise mapping, E.A. King, Presented at NRA National Conference 2012, Limerick, Ireland.
  • Strategic noise mapping in Ireland (Phase Two): Implementation of lessons learned from the first phase, E.A. King, Presented at Internoise 2012, New York, United States.
  • Investigating the acoustic characteristics of carbon nanotube buckypaper, E.A. King, Presented at Internoise 2012, New York, United States.
  • Current Environmental Noise Research in Trinity College Dublin, E.A. King, Presentation to the SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), July 2011.
  • Noise Mapping the National Road Network, E.A. King, National Roads Authority Lunchtime Lecture Series, May 2011.
  • Environmental noise mapping using measurements in transit, G. Bennett, E.A. King, J. Curn, V. Cahill, H.J. Rice, Presented at ISMA 2010, Leuven, Brussels.
  • Noise Modelling for the National Road Network, E.A. King, B. Kennedy, Environmental Protection Agency National Workshop on Strategic Noise Mapping, Tullamore, October 2010
  • Evaluating the impact on noise levels arising from a ban on private cars in Dublin city centre, E.A. King, B. McManus, P. McDonald, H.J. Rice, Internoise 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Assessing the suitability of using the recommended interim method for road traffic noise mapping in Ireland, E.A. King, H.J. Rice, V.P. O’Malley, Euronoise 2009,
  • Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Measuring road traffic noise in Ireland: Evaluating the suitability of the CRTN shortened measurement procedure, E.A. King, H.J. Rice, V.P. O’Malley, Euronoise 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Environmental Noise in Ireland, E.A. King, Queens University Belfast, December 2009
  • Measuring noise in high wind speeds: Evaluating the performance of wind shields, E.A. King, J. Mahon, F. Pilla, H.J. Rice, Internoise 2009, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Noise Mapping to Action planning: The Road Ahead, E.A. King, B. Kennedy, Environmental Protection Agency National Workshop on Action Planning, Tullamore, March 2008.
  • Environmental Noise in Ireland, E.A. King, Queens University Belfast, December 2008.
  • The development of an independent noise prediction model, E.A. King, H.J Rice, 19th International Congress on Acoustics, Madrid, Spain, 2007.
  • Relating short-term measurements to the Lden indicator, E.A. King, H.J Rice, Internoise 2007, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Refining noise maps for public dissemination, E.A. King, H.J Rice, Euronoise 2006, Tampere, Finland.
  • Attendance at Selected International Conference and Seminars
  • International Congress on Noise Control Engineering, Internoise 2012, New York, USA.
  • Symposium on the Acoustic Street Environment, 2012, University of Bath, UK.
  • International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, ICBEN 2011, London, England.
  • CNOSSOS-EU WG 2 (Road Traffic Noise), 2011, Joint Research Centre, Italy.
  • International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering, ISMA 2010, Leuven Belgium.
  • CNOSSOS-EU Technical Forum of Experts, 2010, Brussels, Belgium.
  • National Workshop on Strategic Noise Mapping (EPA), 2010, Tullamore, Ireland.
  • Transport Research Arena, TRA 2010, Brussels, Belgium.
  • International Congress on Noise Control Engineering, Internoise 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • European Conference on Noise Control, Euronoise 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • International Congress Noise Control Engineering, Internoise 2009, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Aircraft Noise (X-Noise) Workshop, Dublin, Ireland, 2008.
  • CEN Working Group (CEN/TC 226 WG 6 TD 2 N457) meeting 2008, Bologna, Italy.
  • Transport Research Arena, TRA 2008, Ljubjana, Slovenia.
  • International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2007, Madrid, Spain.
  • International Congress on Noise Control Engineering, Internoise 2007, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • European Conference on Noise Control, Euronoise 2006, Tampere, Finland.
  • Harmonoise Final Conference, 2004, Rhodes, Greece.

Attendance at Selected International Conference and Seminars

  • International Congress on Noise Control Engineering, Internoise 2012, New York, USA.
  • Symposium on the Acoustic Street Environment, 2012, University of Bath, UK.
  • International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, ICBEN 2011, London, England.
  • CNOSSOS-EU WG 2 (Road Traffic Noise), 2011, Joint Research Centre, Italy.
  • International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering, ISMA 2010, Leuven Belgium.
  • CNOSSOS-EU Technical Forum of Experts, 2010, Brussels, Belgium.
  • National Workshop on Strategic Noise Mapping (EPA), 2010, Tullamore, Ireland.
  • Transport Research Arena, TRA 2010, Brussels, Belgium.
  • International Congress on Noise Control Engineering, Internoise 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • European Conference on Noise Control, Euronoise 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • International Congress Noise Control Engineering, Internoise 2009, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Aircraft Noise (X-Noise) Workshop, Dublin, Ireland, 2008.
  • CEN Working Group (CEN/TC 226 WG 6 TD 2 N457) meeting 2008, Bologna, Italy.
  • Transport Research Arena, TRA 2008, Ljubjana, Slovenia.
  • International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2007, Madrid, Spain.
  • International Congress on Noise Control Engineering, Internoise 2007, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • European Conference on Noise Control, Euronoise 2006, Tampere, Finland.
  • Harmonoise Final Conference, 2004, Rhodes, Greece.