Featured Scholar: Daniel Myers

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Featured Scholar: Daniel Myers
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Daniel bl,ersi dico.ered his. Io. of computer
science in an unlikely place-the concert hall. "I
started playing cello in the sixth grade and Featured Schotar:
guitar a couple of years after that," he says. Daniel Myers
"Music technology, electric guitars and
amplifiers was what got me interested in
computer technology and being an engineer. 2002 - 2003 University Scholar
I'm a computer scientist because I am a guitar Mentor: Mark Schmalz
player." College of Engineering
Born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, Daniel
attended the Tennessee Governor's School for
the Arts until his father's job brought him to
Miami when he was 16 years old. He finished
his last two years at Miami-Palmetto High
School and came to UF in the fall of 2000 as a
National Merit Scholar. He chose computer
engineering as a major and became a cellist in
the University Orchestra. After taking a few
courses with CISE Professor Mark Schmalz, he
decided it was time to take on a research
project. He did an independent study in
Schmalz' acoustics lab in spring 2002, which he
turned into a USP project that allows him
combine his two interests-music and computer

"My research project is a software simulator for
acoustic propagation in enclosed spaces,"
Daniel says. "We focus on creating a software
program that architects and engineers can use to model the sonic behavior of a room, auditorium or cathedral that they want
to build or modify. It's our goal to come up with something to automate that whole process."
Daniel's job is to write the actual computer code for the software program he named G-VERB. The program is designed to
take away the problems one encounters when having to go into a room and manually test its sound quality.
"If you go to a concert hall or a theater-any place where sound matters-somebody has to actually design that component
of the building," he says. "You don't just build it and hope it sounds okay, though in the past that's actually what you had to
do. Now, with computer technology, people who design auditoriums and concert halls can figure out what it's going to sound
like before construction begins and, hopefully, it will help them design better sounding rooms and do it more inexpensively."
Daniel enjoyed his project so much that he's decided to consider researching as a career option. "I've gotten to the point that
I like doing this whole research thing, so I'm considering going all the way and getting my PhD so I can be a researcher as
a career," he says. "But that's something that takes a lot of time, I've got to go to graduate school and get my master's
degree first and find out how I like working in that environment."

Daniel presented his paper at the USP symposium in April and is considering taking it to a professional conference. He has
been accepted into NASA's Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars program and will spend this summer researching
at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.


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