Fernando began his relationship with music and sound at an early age. Raised in a musically-minded family, he started taking piano lessons at his aunt’s conservatory at the age of 8. During his adolescence, he became interested in synthesizers and sound design and explored the music of Stravinsky and Pierre Boulez. Showing mathematical skills and a passion for physics in high school, he enrolled in Mechanical Engineering at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), one of the leading colleges of engineering in Argentina. After graduation, he was accepted as a student at Penn State’s Graduate Program in Acoustics (USA), where he received a Master of Engineering in Acoustics degree in 2007, being the first of his class to graduate with a thesis on the topic of sound localization in enclosed spaces. Back in Argentina, he became a faculty member of the Electrical Engineering Department at ITBA, teaching electronics and leading the blossoming acoustics division in this educational institution for the period comprising 2007 to 2016. In 2017, he started his Ph.D. studies, once again at Penn State, under the advice of Dr. Michelle Vigeant, principal investigator of the Sound Perception & Room Acoustics Laboratory (SPRAL). His research focuses on finding just noticeable differences (JNDs) and optimal values for concert hall acoustic parameters, based on subjective preference.
Fernando is an assistant professor of acoustics at ITBA.