Faculty Advisor

Gerstenfeld, Arthur

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Project Center

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Noise is a worldwide problem that has negative effects on academic performance. This project, in cooperation with Professor Angel David Cruz Baez from the University of Puerto Rico, evaluated noise levels and sources of noise that were present in San Juan public schools. Through the use of surveys and classroom data collection from four local schools, we determined poor classroom acoustics were problematic in selected schools. From our data and research, we made recommendations to local public schools and the Puerto Rico Department of Education for controlling noise distractions in Puerto Rico public school classrooms. Lastly, we made recommendations to companies located in Puerto Rico for producing acoustical treatments from recyclable materials currently existing on the Island.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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