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A gold medal for Dr. Ingo R. Titze

Ingo R. Titze, PhD

Ingo R. Titze, PhD, physicist, acoustician, and research scholar of the human voice, has been named 2024 Gold Medalist of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) for “contributions to understanding human voice production and the development of clinical applications.”

Dr. Titze is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah in three departments: Music, Otolaryngology, and Biomedical Engineering. His primary position is Senior Scientist at the Utah Center for Vocology. He is also Founder and current President of the National Center for Voice and Speech. As a retiree, he remains a Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Iowa. He has written over 500 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, authored five books, and edited two books. He received an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1965 and a PhD in physics from BYU in 1972 under the mentorship of William J. Strong. Titze is known as the Father of Vocology, a word and discipline he helped coin and originate in 1990, encompassing the study of vocalization in humans and animals.

As an avid singer, much of Ingo’s studies have focused on the singing voice. In the years 2000-2009, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts provided large laboratory and voice training spaces for his work with professional actors and singers.

Other major recognitions have been Honoree of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (2010), ASA Silver Medalist in Speech Communication (2007), first elected President of the Pan American Vocology Association (2015), and the Sundberg-Titze Award (2020) granted yearly by the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia. He gave a Forum Lecture at BYU in 1998 and the Presidential Lecture at the University of Iowa in 2001.

The ASA, with some 8000 members worldwide, is part of the American Institute of Physics. It covers many areas of acoustics, including architectural acoustics, acoustic oceanography, animal bioacoustics, music acoustics, speech production and perception, noise control, biomedical acoustics, and vibration theory. A Gold Medalist is chosen from these combined areas once a year, the highest recognition of the Society. Titze is the third recipient from the State of Utah, and the first from the state of Iowa, where much of his research originated.