143rd Convention Committee
The AES would like to thank all of the committee members that volunteer their time to put on our technical program!
Agnieszka Roginska (Co-Chair)
Agnieszka Roginska is Music Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Music Technology program at New York University. Her research focuses on the analysis, simulation and applications of immersive and 3D audio.
Paul Gallo (Co-Chair)
Paul Gallo is the former founding publisher of Pro Sound News and the AES Daily. Also publishing director of numerous other pro audio, video, and music industry trade magazines. Currently Executive Director of the Sports Video Group, developers of the DTV Audio Group initiative. Longtime AES member and interviewer for the AES Oral History Project, and Co-Chair of the 139th AES Convention.
Areti Andreopoulou (Papers Co-Chair)
Areti Andreopoulou is a visiting researcher at the University of Athens in the Laboratory of Music Acoustics, and Technology (LabMAT). She has a background in musicology and Master's and PhD in Music Technology from New York University. Her fields of interest include spatial audio, immersive environments, auditory displays, and data sonification.
David Bialik (Broadcast and Streaming Chair)
David Bialik is currently the Director of Stream Operations for CBS Radio and has been a Broadcast Engineer since 1982. He has organized and chaired the Broadcast and Streaming track in the USA conventions since its inception.
Braxton Boren (Papers Co-Chair)
Braxton Boren received his PhD in Music Technology at NYU as part of the Spatial Audio Research Group. He is an assistant professor in the Audio Technology program at American University, specializing in applications of science and technology to music and the humanities.
Julia Caruso (Facilties Chair)
Before taking on the Studio Manager position at NYU, Julia Caruso was working as a broadcast engineer at CBS Radio. Additionally, she was also a live sound engineer at Columbia University and at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. She holds a B.M. in Music Technology from NYU.
Henry Cohen (Sound Reinforcement Co-Chair)
Rebecca Feynberg (Archiving and Restoration Chair)
Rebecca Feynberg is an engineer, musician, and educator whose research and practice explores the preservation and restoration of early sound recordings. She has collaborated with the Thomas Edison National Historical Park and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Rebecca has taught courses at New York University, Hofstra University, and Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Nuno Fonseca (Audio for Cinema Chair)
Nuno Fonseca (PhD) is a professor at Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal) and the creator of "Sound Particles" software, a 3D CGI-like software for audio post production (Cinema, TV, Games, VR), capable of using particle systems to generate thousands of sounds in a virtual 3D world, currently used in all major "Hollywood" studios.
Paul Geluso (Special Events Chair)
Paul Geluso’s work focuses on the theoretical, practical, and artistic aspects of sound recording and reproduction. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (1988) and a Master of Music in Music Technology from New York University (2000). He currently serves as a Music Assistant Professor in the Music Technology program at New York University’s Steinhardt School where he teaches courses in sound recording, music production, music technology, and ear training.
Jim Kaiser (Recording and Production Chair)
Jim Kaiser is an audio engineer and educator, and instructor of Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont University in Nashville. His experience includes location and studio recording, surround production, audio restoration and mastering, and technical design of music production facilities. Jim chairs the Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices and co-chairs the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Deliverables Committee.
Gavin Kearney (Spatial Audio Co-Chair)
Gavin Kearney is vice-chair of the AES Audio for Games Technical Committee and leads the 'Audio for New Realities' subgroup. His research interests include spatial audio and surround sound, sound design for film, television and interactive media, real-time audio signal processing, Ambisonics and spherical acoustics, interactive audio systems, recording and audio post-production technique development.
Michael Kelly (VR and Game Audio Co-Chair)
Michael Kelly is Senior Director of Research and Development at DTS. His work is focussed in Games and VR and Michael also co-chairs the Technical Committee on Audio for Games.
Mac Kerr (Sound Reinforcement Co-Chair)
Mac left his early career as a theatrical lighting designer to join Erskine Shapiro Theatre Technology, a small theatrical sound company in 1976, and never looked back. After spending 10 years learning from a couple of really smart guys he struck out on his own as a freelance system designer and FOH mixer largely in the corporate audio world. Now, after more than 30 years on his own he he has branched out to also work in corporate and network broadcast. Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.
Matthew Kulewicz (Volunteers Chair)
Matthew Kulewicz is a sound engineer/designer and musician whose work focuses on sound for tv/film as well as music recording and production. Having received his Master’s Degree for Music Technology at NYU, he is an adjunct professor, department administrator and academic advisor for the Music Technology program.
Scott Leslie (Product Development Chair)
Scott Leslie focuses on improving and redefining product development for the pro audio industry. His areas of specialty include company strategy, product management, product development process, engineering leadership, and managing product development as a financial portfolio. Prior to starting his consulting firm PD Squared, Scott Leslie was VP of Engineering at JBL Pro and CEO at Renkus-Heinz.
Steve Martz (VR and Game Audio Co-Chair)
Marta Olko (Education Assistant)
Marta Olko is a doctoral student at the Music Technology Program at New York University. Her research is focused on mixing and recording techniques for virtual reality environments. Her professional and independent work experience has taken place in the areas of audio postproduction for film, music composition, live sound engineering, and Max/MSP programming for contemporary music.
Bill Siegmund (Technical Tours Chair)
Recording engineer Bill Siegmund has been active in the New York audio community for nearly 30 years. He owns Digital Island Studios, LLC, a recording company specializing in the production of classical music working with the likes of the New York Philharmonic, members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Steve Earle, and many others. Bill is a member of the adjunct faculty at New York University and Belmont University in Nashville. Bill has been an AES member for over 25 years.
Kyle P. Snyder (Education Chair)
Kyle P. Snyder is an educator, engineer, and consultant dedicated to the advancement of audio education for engineers at every stage of development. He is a faculty member and Director of Outreach within Ohio University’s School of Media Arts & Studies where he routinely teaches courses in audio recording, sound design for film and video, and live event production.
Valerie Tyler (Workshops and Tutorials Co-Chair)
Jonathan Wyner (Workshops and Tutorials Co-Chair)
Jonathan Wyner is best known as a mastering engineer and educator. Making records and teaching since 1983, he is a professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College, Education Director for iZotope and Chief Engineer at M Works Studios. Author of a book and online course about audio mastering, he is excited by the creative possibilities that the marriage of music making and new technology brings us.
Fred Willard (Broadcast and Streaming Assistant Chair)
38 years in radio and television with an affinity for high fidelity compelling audio. BS Towson University, 15 years with Maryland Public Television (PBS), and another 15 with Univision Communications as Washington, DC Director of Technology. Early HDTV work with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center imaging and shuttle mission support. As a member of AES, SMPTE, and SBE, I support technology and innovation of the broadcast business and my local market with creative solutions.
Richard Wollrich (Treasurer)
Richard Wollrich has worked at all the major motion-picture studios in various capacities, including Chief of Projection Engineering at 20th Century Fox and as a Post Production Sound Mixer with Sony Pictures Entertainment. In his last position, he was responsible for authoring a number of 5.1-channel soundtracks in multiple languages destined for feature-film DVD and Blu-ray Disc release. Richard holds a BS degree in Business and has served as Treasurer for the AES Los Angeles section for the past twelve years, and was Treasurer for the 141st International Convention and 2016 International Conference.
Staff & AES Leadership
Alex Case (President)
Robert Clyne (Marketing)
Bob Moses (Executive Director)
Steve Johnson (CIO)
Graham Kirk (Sales)
Christopher Plunkett (Operations)
Corey Walthall (Marketing)
Frank Wells (Marketing)
Mary Ellen Ilich (Program Editor)