Faculty

Pasquale Bottalico, PhD

Pasquale Bottalico, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pasquale Bottalico earned his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Univeristà Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy), while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Opera Singing at the F. Cilea Music Academy of Reggio Calabria (Italy). In 2005, he moved to Turin where he earned his master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). For his master’s thesis, Dr. Bottalico combined his studies of engineering and music to explore musician perceptions of acoustics and the correlation with objective index from ISO 3382.

Dr. Bottalico earned his Ph.D. in Metrology, studying acoustics with particular attention to the uncertainty of measurements and statistical analysis of data. For his dissertation, he investigated classroom acoustics of primary schools, and its relationship with safety, examining the students and the teachers separately. Specifically, he: 1) described the speech intelligibility in the classroom, which affects students’ learning; and 2) examined how the acoustical features of a classroom can influence vocal performances. Dr. Bottalico is particularly interested in the professional voice user and singer techniques, as well as the definition and the quantification of the vocal load. Other fields he is interested in are Speech Intelligibility, Room Acoustics, and Musical Acoustics. Bottalico is also a professional chorister, performing under such prestigious directors as Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos, Yuri Ahronovitch, Jeffrey Tate, Juanio Mena, Gianandrea Noseda, Ottavio Dantone, Wayne Marshall, Helmuth Rilling, Christopher Hogwood, Robert King, and Ivor Bolton.

 

Graduate students

Silvia Murgia

Silvia Murgia

PhD Student

Silvia is a PhD student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her bachelor's and Master's degree in Architecture. During the years of her Master she got passionate about Acoustics, working on a project aimed at improving learning abilities of primary school children. Her master thesis was focused on studying the relationship between the perception of well-being and noise in relations to classroom acoustics in first grade children. Her current research investigates factors influencing speech intelligibility in primary school including acoustic parameters, vocal disorders and, now, the use of masks.

 

Tomás Sierra

Tomás Sierra

PhD Student

Tomás is currently a second year PhD student in the Speech and Hearing Science department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Bachelor on Electronic Engineering at Universidad de Ibagué, after which he became a Master on Particle Physics at Universidad del Tolima, both in Colombia. His professional interests include physics of sound and room acoustics as well as sound behavior in music; not just physically but also psychologically. His current research looks into the effects of room acoustics on voice parameters such as vocal fatigue and control, among others, and its role in speech and voice perception.

 

Carolyn Legare

AuD Student

 

Kristen Moore

Kristen Moore

AuD Student

Kristen is currently a second year AuD student in the Speech and Hearing Science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. While at Purdue, she minored in Human Development and Family Studies and served as an HDFS student mentor. She was also a member of the Purdue University cheerleading team. Her research interests include room acoustics occupational noise exposure.

 

Rachael Piper

Rachael Piper

AuD Student

Rachael N. Piper is currently a 4th year Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student in the Speech and Hearing Science department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently completing her externship at South Shore Hearing Center in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts, in 2017, from State University of New York at Plattsburgh in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her current research involves evaluating the Lombard Effect and speech intelligibility in older adults while in the presence of ambient noise from a restaurant. Rachael's interest in speech and hearing has stemmed from her love of theatre and natural curiosity for improving acoustical sound quality in varying environments.

 

Brianna Legner

Brianna Legner

MA Student

Brianna is currently a first year Master’s student studying Speech Pathology in the Speech and Hearing Science department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois in May of 2020. During her undergraduate career, she worked under Dr. Bottalico assisting an AuD candidate and their studies with the Lombard Effect, ambient noise and willingness to spend time and money in a restaurant within the elderly population. Currently, she is excited to continue her work under Dr. Bottalico studying the Lombard Effect, speech intelligibility, and vocal effort. Her professional interests include speech intelligibility, articulation, and phonology in children, specifically children with craniofacial differences. Her goal would be to return to her rural hometown to provide healthcare services for those special populations in her community.

 

Charles Nudelman

Charles Nudelman

MA Student

Charlie is a second year Master of Science candidate at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. He received his Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professionally, he aspires to pursue a career in research after becoming a clinical speech-language pathologist with a special interest in voice disorders. His previous research has explored voice acoustics in clinical assessment and singing, bilingual judgements of vocal quality, and speech perception in noise. Currently, his research investigates the effects of room acoustics on voice parameters, biofeedback for patients with vocal pathologies, and the characteristics of daily voice use in these patients.

 

Mia Webster, MA Student

Mia Webster

MA Student

Mia is currently a second-year Master’s student in the Speech and Hearing Science Department at the University of Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the same program. Her professional interests include working with bilingual Spanish-English speakers of all ages as a clinical speech-language pathologist. Her research interests include investigating the effects of vocal fatigue in bilingual speakers.

 

Undergraduates

Ella Marzolf

Ella Marzolf

2019-2020 AHS Spark Program

Ella is currently a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences with a concentration in Health and Aging in the College of Applied Health Sciences. She is looking to graduate in the Spring of 2022 and apply to the Masters of Health Technology one year accelerated program for her fourth year. Her hobbies include running, reading and hiking.

 

Aamina-Nikole Adebayo

2020-2021 AHS Spark Program

 

Lydia Fleming

Lydia Fleming

Lydia is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois. Her declared focus in SHS is Audiology and she is also pursuing a Spanish Minor. After graduation in May 2021, Lydia plans on attending Graduate school for her AuD. Lydia has become involved in helping with Tomás's research because of her interest on how room acoustics can have an effect on speech perception.

 

Rachel Lowrance

Rachel Lowrance

Rachel is an undergraduate senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is studying Speech and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Audiology and a minor in Music. Her interests include: music perception in correlation to hearing loss, music and hearing devices, and pediatric audiology.

 

Alyse Ruda

 

Lab Alumni

  • Kelly Kost
  • Emilie Palacios
  • Alison Perlman
  • Lauren Putira
  • Angelica Wozniak

Research Collaborators

  • Supraja Anand, PhD, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of South Florid
  • Ariana Astolfi, PhD, Dipartimento Energia, Politecnico di Torino
  • Lady Catherine Cantor-Cutiva, PhD, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Universidad Manuela Beltrán
  • Juliana Codino, PhDC-CCC-SLP, Lakeshore Professional Voice Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • Eric Hunter, PhD, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University
  • Keiko Ishikawa, PhD, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois
  • Maria Cristina Jackson Menaldi, PhD, Wayne State University
  • Karen Kirk, PhD, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois
  • Giuseppina Puglisi, PhD, Dipartimento Energia, Politecnico di Torino
  • Yvonne Redman, Associate Professor, School of Music, University of Illinois
  • Adam Rubin, MD-PhD, Lakeshore Professional Voice Center, Detroit, Michigan