Dr Elena ProkofievaAcoustic Consultant

Acoustic Consultant

BSc, MSc, PhD, MIOA, MAES, MRAS

Elena graduated from State University of Nizhnij Novgorod, Russia with Bachelor (1997) and then Master (1999) degrees in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in Materials. She then took part in the research project between the University of Bradford, UK and New Transducers Ltd (NXT) upon improvement of performance of flat DML speaker panels. This 3.5 year project led to the PhD degree in Acoustics awarded to her in 2003.

Shortly after graduation, she was offered a newly created position of acoustic design engineer in Linn Products Ltd, Glasgow, where she stayed for 4 years. Her responsibilities were design and development new loudspeaker system for the company. She was also involved in the manufacturing process, installation and demonstration of sound systems, as well as conducting research on room acoustics and acoustic modelling.

Elena joined Robin Mackenzie Partnership in 2007 as knowledge transfer researcher with additional functions of acoustic consultant and project manager.

Areas of expertise

Product development

Elena is regularly involved in new product development from prototype testing in small scale to full scale testing on real sites. She worked with products developed by such companies as Monarfloor Acoustic Systems (Icopal Ltd), Besblock Ltd, Intelligent Wood Systems, and others. Some newly developed products from Icopal, Besblock and other companies had been successfully trialled across England and then were entered into Robust Details Handbook.

Project management

Elena had been working as a project manager and acoustic expert of Low Carbon Building Technologies Gateway over the duration of this project (2009-2014). This project, sponsored jointly by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and European Regional Development Fund had been run to support small and medium Scottish businesses to help them design and develop the innovative products for construction industry. In 2015 Edinburgh Napier University was awarded the Queens’s Anniversary Prize for this and other projects, all related to sustainable construction, timber engineering and wood science.

Research and knowledge transfer projects

Elena was a knowledge base supervisor for two KTP projects: with Monarfloor Acoustics systems Ltd (3 years) and with SFX Technologies Ltd (2 years).

The project with Monarfloor delivered the series of second generation flanking products for the full house isolation solutions. The project had been in the final for the UK KTP Awards in 2013. Elena also had supervised one of the members of the project team, who was the first student at Edinburgh Napier University to receive Master of Research degree in 2013.

SFX Technologies project had led to the development of new acoustic product – SFX gel audio transducer. Elena had been a PhD supervisor for the KTP associate at this project, who had been awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Edinburgh Napier University in 2013.

Project experience

Elena has worked in the audio industry as an acoustic design engineer for 4 years for Linn Products Ltd, Glasgow, UK. She was involved in many research projects during this time, including loudspeaker development, installation and demonstration. She also conducted research in room acoustics and acoustic modelling.

Acoustic design

Elena has been responsible for acoustic aspects of the planning, design and development, documentation, construction and commissioning of a large number of school projects in Scotland ranging from primary to higher education.

Sound Insulation Testing

Elena undertakes sound testing for numerous new build and refurbishment projects in accordance with ISO 140 and the requirements of Section 5 –of the Technical Handbook for the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004.  Elena is a registered ANC tester involved in sound testing in England and Wales in accordance with Approved Document E, the Building Regulations 2000.

Air Tightness Testing

Elena is a registered iATS tester involved in airtightness testing in England, Wales and Scotland in accordance with ATTMA TS1 2007. These include various projects for Pihl UK Ltd, Anderson Monarflex Icopal UK Ltd, NB Clark and others.

Environmental Impact Assessment – Noise

Elena has undertaken a number of noise impact assessments in accordance with Planning Advice Note 1/2011 (for Scotland) and Planning Policy Guidance 24 (England & Wales) including transportation Road, Rail and Aircraft), leisure, commercial and IPPC industrial noise assessment.

Current positions:

  • Acoustic Consultant, Robin Mackenzie Partnership, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Research Fellow, Edinburgh Napier University
  • The Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS) registered Air Tightness Tester
  • ANC Part E and Section 5 Registration Scheme registered Sound Insulation Tester
  • Institute of Acoustics (IOA)
  • Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Russian Acoustic Society
  • Sitting in the Committee for Scottish branch of AES and in the newly developed Scottish Audio and Acoustics Network (SAAN)

 

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