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AES Educational Foundation Announces 2013 Awards

Puluse calls recipients “brain trust”

President of the AES Educational Foundation Don Puluse announced the recipients of the 2013 AES Educational Grants for Graduate Studies in Audio Engineering, on behalf of the foundation’s board of directors.

“The honorees for this landmark year are extraordinary talents, with impressive academic resumes and real-world experience,” said Puluse, who noted that it is the 30th year of the awards. “If this is part of the brain trust that will guide our industry into the next era in audio engineering, I think we are in great hands.” 

Harman International is providing two new grants to support graduate education in audio. These have been awarded to Brecht De Man and Kai Siedenburg. De Man has undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from University of Ghent, Belgium, and is studying for his Ph.D. at Queen Mary University of London. Siedenburg has an M.S. in mathematics from Humboldt University Berlin, and is a Ph.D. candidate in music technology at McGill University. He was previously a Fulbright visiting student at University of California at Berkeley and did his master’s thesis at University of Vienna. 

Kathleen Gray has been named the recipient of the Emil Torick Scholar distinction. She is earning an M.A. in acoustical studies, specializing in psychoacoustics, at the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University. She holds a Bachelor’s of music in violin performance from Towson University. The award’s namesake, former AESEF president Torick, coincidentally, was also a violinist.

The John Eargle Award, given annually to a student who excels in both technology and music, is presented to Elizabeth Marston towards her M.M. in sound recording at McGill. Marston holds a B.A. in music from Seattle Pacific University and has completed coursework at the Berklee College of Music.

Repeat awards were granted to Areti Andreopoulou and Ross Penniman. Andreopoulou is studying for her Ph.D. in music technology at the Steinhardt School of NYU. She has a degree from the University of Athens, Greece, and an M.M. from Steinhardt. Penniman holds a B.M. and a B.S. from University of Michigan, and will receive an M.S. in music engineering technology from the University of Miami.

Other awards were offered to Javed Hamza and Rebecca Vos. Hamza is pursuing a Ph.D. in speech and audio processing from Imperial College London, where he also completed his previous degrees. Vos has a B.S. in physics from Manchester University, an M.S. in audio acoustics from the University of Salford, and will earn her Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of York.

Kevin Fallis, Charles Holbrow and Marlene Mathews have also been offered awards. Fallis will receive an M.M. in sound recording from McGill, where he also received his B.M. before receiving a diploma from Vancouver Film School. Holbrow completed his undergraduate studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell and will receive a Master’s from M.I.T. in media arts and sciences. Mathews is studying for an M.M. in music technology at McGill. Her previous degree is a B.S. in computer science from Long Island University. She also attended Recording Engineers Institute.

Application forms and additional information are available online.