Ronald E. Uhlig (left, pictured with AES president Frank Wells) received an Honorary Member designation from the AES.
New York, NY (October 22, 2013)—The opening ceremonies of the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention celebrated the accomplishments of this year's AES Awards winners—“individuals who have made great contributions to audio and the AES,” said AES Awards Committee Chair Jim Kaiser—with major awards going to individuals in the music production and technology fields.
This year's Honorary Member designation was given to Ronald E. Uhlig, presented by Brian McCarty, in recognition of Uhlig's engineering achievements to enhance the film sound experience for the audience, including the development of international standard setting technology that allowed stereo variable area soundtracks to replace monaural film sound, and later, the development of digital data read/write capability for 35mm digital audio.
The Gold Medal Award was given to two honorees this year, recognizing their achievements in audio engineering over a period of year. Floyd Toole was the first recipient of this award for his outstanding contributions to theory, practice and international standards in the area of subjective and objective evaluation of loudspeakers in rooms. Rudolph Van Gelder was the second recipient of the Gold Award for his dedication to creating jazz music over six decades.
The Silver Medal Award was presented to Laurence Fincham, in recognition for a sustained series of significant contributions to electroacoustics and signal processing in the area of domestic sound reproduction.
The Fellowship Award was presented to Theresa Leonard, for her professional achievements and dedication to the Audio Engineering Society and to its education initiatives; to Joel A. Lewitz, for his contributions to the design of electroacoustics systems in architectural spaces, teaching and mentoring within the industry, and long association with the AES; and to Timothy Shuttleworth for his significant contributions to digital audio product design and many years of service to the AES.
The Citation Award was given to Bozena Kostek in recognition for her outstanding efforts as Editor to improve the quality, responsiveness, and impact of the Journal of the AES.
The Board of Governors Award, given for outstanding contributions to the Audio Engineering Society, was presented to the following:
• William Crabtree, in recognition of co-chairing the 50th International AES Conference "Audio Education" in Murfreesboro, TN, USA, on July 25-27, 2013.
• Michael Fleming, in recognition of co-chairing the 50th International AES Conference "Audio Education" in Murfreesboro, TN, USA, on July 25-27, 2013
• Janos Gyori, in recognition of chairing the 132nd International AES Convention in Budapest, Hungary, on April 26-29, 2012.
• Michael Kelly, in recognition of his chairing the 49th International AES Conference "Audio for Games" in London, UK, on February 6-8, 2013.
• Jim McTigue, in recognition of co-chairing the 133rd International AES Convention in San Francisco, CA, USA, on October 26-29, 2012.
• Jan Abildgaard Pedersen, in recognition of his chairing the 48th International AES Conference "Automotive Audio" in Munich, Germany, on September 21-23, 2012.
• Valerie Tyler, in recognition of co-chairing the 133rd International AES Convention in San Francisco, CA, USA, on October 26-29, 2012.
• Umberto Zanghieri, in recognition of his chairing the 134th International AES Convention in Rome, Italy, on May 4-7, 2013.