Education & Career

SDA Officers

Maryam Safi

SDA Chair - Europe & International Regions

 MaryamMaryam is a 3rd year Media Technology student at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) in the Faculty of Design, Media and Information.
After graduating with a B.Sc. degree in Statistics from Azad University of Tehran in 2008, Maryam worked as a sales analyst for 3 years. In 2012 she started a new journey to independence and moved to Hamburg. 

Studying and working as a teaching Assistant in the HAW Hamburg’s Sound Lab, she has the chance to become familiar with the AES. She soon became a member and went to AES 140th Convention in Paris, which was a fantastic chance to further her knowledge and understanding of sound and since July 2016, she has been the Treasurer of the Hamburg Student Section. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Media Technology, Maryam is hoping to further explore her understanding in the audio field and will be looking to undertake a Master’s programme.

In addition, she was a member of the organizational team of events, including “Dante Day” 2016, "klingt gut!" 2015-2017 and 13th Sound and Music Computing conference.

Aside from her projects in the Sound Lab such as live studio concerts, film post production, or experimenting with the different methods of recording with her fellow students, she enjoys writing and analog photography. 
She loves sharing her moments with others, and she loves nature.


Justin Chervony

SDA Chair - North & Latin America

Justin Chervony is a first year student in the graduate Sound Recording program at McGill University in Montreal. He has come from a background heavily emphasizing performance on the tuba and teaching.

He began working in audio and experiencing AES while at Ithaca College. Being a part of their chapter and program, while additionally teaching beginner Sound Recording classes during Ithaca College's Summer Music Academy, provided a meaningful and rewarding foundation in audio. While doing this, he also helped run two regional tuba/euphonium conferences while at Ithaca College which gave him valuable understanding in coordination and communication. Most recently he is an active AES member at McGill as their Co-Vice Chair. These experiences spurred Justin to want to give back to the audio community in any way he could.

Justin enjoys traveling for projects and trying his best to not stare at a computer screen. When he has a chance to get away, he likes to read, go hiking or skiing, and stargaze.




Bartłomiej Chojnacki

SDA Vice Chair - Europe & International Regions

BartekBartlomiej Chojnacki is a PhD student  in Acoustics at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland. He recieved bachelor's of science degree in Acoustic engineering in 2017 and master's in on Noise and Vibration Engineering , leading both scientific and industrial career in many student and professional organisations. 

AES Member since 2014. Active member of student societies, awarded three times with awards on Student Design Competitions (Silver in Paris 2016, silver in New York 2017, gold in Milan 2018). Localy member of Scientific Clubs, organizes scientific conferences and professional meetings in whole country with different range. Author of over 20 scientific publications, including 4 from the AES library. From 2017 he is a Sectretary of the Central Board in AES Polish Section.

Professionaly working in music industry for two years as an Acoustic Designer and Operational Director of Mega-Acoustic company, Polish producer of the room acoustic treatment products, develop his skills in working with people, managment and administrations. Former Audio Research Intern in Facebook Reality Labs, Redmond, WA.




Alex Dempsey

SDA Vice-Chair - North & Latin America

Alex Dempsey is from Wantagh, New York where his musical journey began. Starting his musical career as a drummer and guitarist, he spent a lot of his early life taking lessons and training to be a musician before getting involved with audio. After getting invited to attend a recording session at Five Towns College with the professor of Audio Recording Technology, his pursuit of becoming an audio professional began. 

During his time at Ithaca College, Alex's professors and classmates inspired him to work hard and to expand his knowledge. The Audio Engineering Society chapter at Ithaca College exposed him to more opportunities to grow his knowledge. As an engineer at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and school, Alex got valuable exposure to working with engineers from all over the country with many different backgrounds and skills. From all of the generous mentoring he recieved, Alex wants to work with others and give back to the community that he loves.

Whenever he is not doing audio work, Alex enjoys working out, watching movies and hanging out with friends. 






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