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  • August 26, 2019

Acentech’s Continued Growth Spurs New Hires, Promotion, and Employee Accolades

A photogrid of Acentech new hires and promotion recipients

Acentech is proud to announce three new hires, a promotion, awards and accolades!


Christopher Hornsby, RCDD, IT/Security Consultant, Cambridge, MA
Chris Hornsby recently joined Acentech, as an IT and Security Consultant at our Cambridge, MA headquarters. He provides a range of IT and security consulting on higher education, commercial and institutional projects, from the design of wireless network systems, data centers and structural cable media to AV and network surveillance equipment integration. Chris is a BICSI certified Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD), with certificates from Leviton’s Copper and Optical Fiber Communications Cabling System; BICSI ICT Design Fundamentals; and the University of Massachusetts, Boston’s Practical Project Management Certificate Program.

Anthony DeMarte, Acoustics Consultant, Trevose PA
Anthony DeMarte is a new member of Acentech’s Architectural Acoustics group, having joined our expanding Philadelphia, PA team. Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Acoustics from the University of Hartford, and worked for a San Francisco-based acoustics and vibration control firm prior to joining Acentech. His work will include the assessment and design of acoustic and vibration control solutions for a variety of project types.

Khaleela Zaman, Acoustics Consultant, Cambridge, MA
Khaleela recently joined our Architectural Acoustics group, and will be based at our Cambridge, MA headquarters. She received her Master of Science in Architectural Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning a Faculty Graduate Recognition Award for academic achievement in acoustics. She also completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, with double minors in Construction Management and Music.


Jack Briskie, a recent addition to Acentech’s Noise and Vibration Group, just received his Professional Engineer in license in Mechanical Engineering. Jack works primarily on vibration, environmental and industrial projects, but also has a wide range of project experience, from site surveys to acoustics for performing arts spaces. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Acoustical Engineering and Music from the University of Hartford. Congrats Jack!

Kristen Murphy, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Senior Consultant, recently earned WELL accrediation. Kristen’s acoustics consulting practice includes educational, healthcare, performing arts, commercial, and residential projects, with a special focus on sustainable design. Kristen earned her BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and her MS in Architectural Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kristen will be sharing her knowledge at Greenbuild 2019 this November. Congrats Kristen!


Marc Newmark, Director, Noise and Vibration Group
Marc Newmark was recently promoted to Director of Acentech’s Noise and Vibration Group. Along with his management of the group’s workflow and resources, Marc will continue consulting on a range of projects – from higher education facilities and research labs to transportation and environmental markets. Marc received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a BS in Business Administration from Babson College. He has been with Acentech for 11 years, and works on high profile construction monitoring and vibration mitigation projects for notable clients, including Yale University, Harvard University, Boston College, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Institute of Noise Control Engineering

Acentech is pleased to announce that three staff members were recognized at the most recent Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE-USA) meetings.

At the INCE winter meeting, Principal Consultant Eric Wood was elected Fellow of the Institute by the INCE Board of Directors. (The designation of Fellow is awarded to INCE members that have made notable contributions to the Institute and the field of noise control engineering.) Eric has provided exceptional consulting in this area for over fifty years. He has served in multiple executive roles at INCE-USA including President from 2012 to 2014. He is currently the President of the INCE Foundation, a position he has held since 2009. Eric also serves on the advisory board and is the proceedings editor for the Technology for Quieter America (TQA) Program. Eric began his career at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in 1967 and moved to Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) in 1972. Eric is one of the founders of the current incarnation of Acentech, which secured its independence from BBN in 1991. During his half century of consulting, he has applied his skills to hundreds of industrial and environmental noise projects, authored numerous industry reference manuals, and has published and presented papers to leading industry associations.

At the same INCE-USA Board Meeting, Acentech Principal Consultant Michael Bahtiarian, INCE Bd Cert, was elected by the board of directors to become INCE’s Executive Vice President/President-Elect. Michael will become the INCE President at the end of the winter board meeting in January 2020, and will then serve two years as President. Until then, he serves as an Executive Vice President.

At INCE’s Noise-Con 2019 in San Diego this month, Eric Wood received the Distinguished Service Medal for his generous service to INCE-USA as a long-time active member, Director,  past President of INCE-USA and current President of the INCE Foundation. Andy Carballeira, Senior Consultant, was recognized for achieving his Board Certification; Jim Barnes presented with Peter Beiter on Trends in Managing Industrial Worker Noise Exposure; and Mike Bahtiarian presented a paper titled Can Digital Newspapers Save the Pressman’s Hearing?

The Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE-USA) is a non-profit organization that promotes noise control solutions to environmental, product, machinery, industrial and related noise issues. INCE-USA members who are Board Certified in Noise Control Engineering have attained the highest professional status in the field.

Engineering News Record Top 20 under 40 Award

Last but not least – a huge congrats to our own Ben Markham, Director of Architectural Acoustics, who was selected from the Engineering News Record (ENR) regional Top Young Professionals for the national Top 20 under 40 list! Read all about his trip to NYC with 19 other national winners, including photo shoots, a behind the scene video, and thoughtful comments in the ‘Brainstorming Ways To Help Industry Go Greener‘ segment (see link in ENR’s August 2019 article). President Jeffrey Zapfe remarked “I am very proud of my colleague Ben Markham for being recognized as one of ENR’s Top 20 Under 40. Ben is a tremendous asset to our firm and is extremely deserving of the award. Congratulations Ben.”