#ExploreAcoustics Case Study

Dominic Bowers

Final Year Student, University of Salford

Why should students ‘Explore Acoustics’?

If you are interested in how things work, have an inquisitive mind and love music then it’s the perfect industry for you.

Why did you study acoustics?

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but when I found out about acoustics I realised it was a great course for me. I play the guitar, love science and physics – and acoustics merges everything together.

What course are you studying and how will it help you in your future career?

I’m an undergraduate at the University of Salford, studying Acoustics and have been continually surprised at the variety of projects the course has exposed me to.

Part of my course was spent in a placement in an acoustic design consultancy in London, enabling me to travel across the country, meet people in different industries and attend meetings with executives from a range of companies.

It’s been eye-opening to discover the breadth of work available in the industry – from construction sites to studios and even cathedral design.

Why is it important for students to study STEM subjects?

At A Level, I studied maths, physics, music technology and electronics and the STEM subjects help to understand the science behind acoustics.

It’s also important to find a balance between creativity and science because acoustics is a combination of technology and music and although there are the scientific parts of the job, it also includes a creative flair.

What do you enjoy about acoustics? Where do you want to make your mark?

I enjoy seeing the reaction of others when they experience sound in different spaces. I’ve really enjoyed university open days where I’ve given tours in the anechoic and reverberation chambers – just to see the reaction on peoples faces walking into the different spaces and experiencing something new is amazing.

In the future, I want to design buildings for different purposes, needs or features. With acoustics the possibilities are endless – and that’s why I love it.

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