Emily Wigley Receives ENE Outstanding Senior Award

Emily Wigley receives awarde
Wigley, an acoustical engineering major in the Multidisciplinary Engineering program, received the award at the College of Engineering Honors Reception on April 19.

Wigley has been extremely active in the Purdue EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) program and is team leader for the M.D. Steer Speech Language and Audiology Clinic team. They have developed educational tools to assist in the teaching of Purdue audiology students, clinical tools to help clinicians treat and diagnose patients, and adaptive devices for individuals with a hearing impairment.  EPICS opened the door for Wigley to do research in audiology and to become involved in competitions. This experience led to working on productions for the theatre department and becoming an Engineering Ambassador.

In conjunction with a cell phone device developed in EPICS, Wigley participated in several entrepreneurship competitions. In Spring 2008 her team placed third in the Idea 2 Product competition at Purdue, and she was invited to assist with the National Idea to Product competition at Georgia Tech as a Social Entrepreneurship Ambassador. Her team was invited to compete in the Global Idea 2 Product competition in Austin. Texas, where they placed third in our preliminary division.

Over the past two years, Wigley has also worked in the Purdue Theatre Department in a variety of important roles including as an assistant sound engineer, sound mixer and sound board operation in the production of major public performance events for the Purdue Repertory Dance Company.

She has also been a member of a research team with Dr. Johannes Strobel in the School of Engineering Education to create an acoustic-based model to measure student attentiveness. Preliminary findings from this project have been accepted for presentation in two peer-reviewed conferences this summer, one national and one international.

(The above photograph was taken at the February 18 presentation of the Outstanding IDE Senior Award for Service, by Prof. Phil Wanket to Emily Wigley.)