Education & Career

SDA Officers

Michael France

SDA Chair - North & Latin America

Michael France is a Junior in the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, focusing on music production in the School of Media Arts & Studies.

A long time enthusiast of sounds, he discovered a passion for music production and sound design in high school.

When not in class he enjoys working on creative projects and keeping himself busy with audio related tasks. He is working as the Head Engineer for Ohio University’s School of Music, Assistant Engineer at 3 Elliot Studio, and Assistant Audio Supervisor for Ohio University’s Immersive Media Initiative.

Michael’s involvement in AES began his Freshman year when he started attending Ohio University’s section meetings. Sophomore year he attended the Central Indiana Audio Student Workshop, followed by the 137th International AES Convention in Los Angeles. His experiences at these events inspired him to pursue leadership roles in the AES community and to encourage others to get involved.

From time to time Michael steps away from audio work to go outside and get some fresh air.


Angelika Podoła

SDA Chair - Europe & International Regions

Angelika Podoła is a master exchange student at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany. At the same time she is pursuing her master's degree in Acoustics at Adam MIckiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.

She received a bachelor's degree in sound engineering at Adam Mickiewicz University as well as a bachelor's degree in viola performance at the University of Music Academy. She has played violin and viola since her childhood, almost 19 years. During this period of time, she has played with orchestras in Poland, Germany, England, and the United States.

In 2014 she became a member of the AES student section in Poznan, where she was involved in forming this section from very beginning. While she was living in NYC she had an opportunity to attend an AES meeting there. She saw how the section was run and she shared this experience to help organize the AES student section in Poznan. These experiences inspired her to pursue leadership roles in the AES.

Right now she focuses more on acoustics in medicine and researching human lung auscultation sounds and their adventitious lung sounds as respiratory sounds, but in her free time she tries to combine her musician background with a passion for soundtrack and music production.


Mitchell Graham

SDA Vice Chair - North & Latin America

Mitchell Graham is a senior at the Univeristy of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, studying sound engineering in the Department of Performing Arts Technology. 

He has always had a passion for music, picking up several instruments at a young age. He started working as an intern at a local music venue at age 14, and was quickly promoted to front-of-house engineer for performances. Mitchell currently works in the University of Michigan’s audio studios where in addition to recording students and faculty, he teaches certification courses for the audio facilities.

Joining AES was an easy choice for Mitchell as he searched for opportunities to continue to grow and give back to the audio community. After joiningthe University of Michigan’s student section in 2014, hehas used his time in the organization to make an impact on his campus and the greater AES community. He currently serves as the Chair of his section and has attended every AES Convention since the 139th in New York City.

In his spare time, Mitchell can be found in his living room studio, lovingly called “Raisin Toast Records,” where he produces, records, and makes music with friends and members of the Ann Arbor/Detroit music scene who love music and life as much as he does.


Maryam Safi
SDA Vice Chair - Europe & International Regions

Maryam 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. A very good choice as a second hometown, but with the opportunity to make a dream come true: get to know about SOUND!

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.

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