In addition to serving as vice chair of the The Quiet Coalition, David Sykes chairs several professional organizations in acoustical science and engineering where he focuses on public policy and technology development: The Acoustics Research Council; American National Standards Institute Committee S12 Workgroup 44; The Rothschild Foundation Task Force on Acoustics; and the FGI Acoustics Working Group—a partnership with the American Hospital Association. He is the lead author, with William Cavanaugh and Gregory Tocci of “Sound & Vibration 2.0” (2012, Springer-Verlag), a contributor to the National Academy of Engineering report “Technology for a Quieter America” (2011) and to the US-GSA guidance “Sound Matters” (2012), and he co-founded the Laboratory for Advanced Research in Acoustics (LARA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He recently retired from the executive committee of the board of directors of the American Tinnitus Association.
A graduate of the University of California/Berkeley with graduate degrees from Cornell University, Mr. Sykes has spent several decades as an adviser to senior management at companies such as Apple, Bank of America, Fidelity, HermanMiller, JP Morgan, Steelcase, St.Gobain, as well as several government agencies, NGOs, and non-profits in technology. healthcare and higher education, while holding faculty appointments at research universities including Boston University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and also lecturing at other institutions of higher education. He is a frequent organizer of special sessions for professional conferences as well as a frequent public speaker in the U.S., Europe, U.K., Eurasia, Asia, and the Middle East.