New York, NY (October 19, 2017)—In his recent role as chair of the AES President’s strategic planning team, David Scheirman helped promote outreach and alliances leading to this 143rd convention’s co-location with the NAB Show New York and the inaugural AES@NAMM in January 2018. Now, as he steps into the position of AES President, Scheirman has his eye on three core areas offering further expansion possibilities.
The first, he says, is finding ways to better connect with colleagues overseas. “We are a US-based organization, but we are truly international in scope. Three of the major areas where we’ve seen strong membership growth are Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia.”
There has been a tremendous increase in the number of electrical and acoustical engineering graduates in China, India and Pakistan, he says—countries where interest in audio technology is a cornerstone of their education and research institutions. AES membership has doubled over recent years in China, and Scheirman has been invited to address the 2018 International Symposium of Electro-Acoustic Technology at Nanjing University on the benefits of AES membership.
Secondly, “I’m pleased to be coming into the presidency at a time when we are getting a new AES Diversity and Inclusion Committee on our Board of Governors, working with my colleague Leslie Gaston-Bird, AES Western Regional VP for the U.S. and Canada, and co-chaired by Piper Payne,” he says. “We’re seeing a welcome increase in focused activities—social and educational panels and workshops—and we’re glad to see an increasing number of professionals in organizations like SoundGirls.com.”
Thirdly, says Scheirman, the student population has long been a focus of the AES. “We support them as we can, with the student delegate assembly, which has global participation. We fund travel for regional officers of that committee to our international conventions.”
In celebration of UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (October 27), he also notes, AES conference chair and past President John Krivit is announcing a new scholarship for student archivists from emerging nations to travel to and participate in the 2018 AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation and Restoration at the US Library of Congress ' National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, VA.
“We are increasingly finding ways to connect young men and women graduates entering the field of audio engineering around the world with career opportunities, to network with and be mentored by working career professionals,” says Scheirman. The society is also working to raise awareness among student engineers of the diversity of pro audio job opportunities. “There are many, many career opportunities available outside of the traditional studio recording or sound reinforcement communities—audio for games and virtual reality, forensic audio, automotive audio,” he says.
Scheirman, an AES member since 1975, has been involved with PA rental companies, an installed system integrator, an electro-acoustical measurement laboratory, a computer-control system developer, a networking technology R&D firm and leading loudspeaker manufacturers. He has served in a variety of roles with the AES, including three terms on the Board of Governors.