AES Member Profile

Durand R. Begault PhD

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Audio Fields:

  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Architectural Acoustics
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Musical Acoustics
  • Libraries, Governments, Cultural Institutions - Forensics
  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Other: Forensic Audio

Job Duties:

  • Researcher
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Acoustician
  • Composer
  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Engineer
  • Forensics
  • Musician/Talent
  • Recording Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • Other: Director Audio Forensic Center


NASA: Research scientist specializing in psychoacoustics, human factors, multimodal systems, and communications engineering. Development of new audio technologies for advanced human-machine interfaces for aeronautic and space applications, virtual environment systems, and speech communications.

AUDIO FORENSIC CENTER: Consultant-expert witness in the areas of audio, video and media forensics, and patents. Testimony over 50 times in court or depositions, in U.S. Federal and State courts including the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), and courts in Canada and International arbitration panels (ICSID).

AES Awards

In 2002, Durand Begault was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for his contributions to our understanding of spatial hearing and its applications.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

NASA Ames Honor Award, contractor category, 1999
Ten NASA Certificates of Recognition for Inventive Contributions, 1992-2005
Three NASA Garner Space Act Awards for US patents, 1994, 2002
Three NASA Director's Discretionary Funding awards 1992, 1997, 2001
NASA Ames Research Center Nielsen Award for best basic research proposal, 1992
National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Ames Research Center, 1988-90
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, U.C.S.D. Computer Audio Research Laboratory, 1987
University of California Regent's Fellowship, U.C.S.D., 1981-2

Education Background

PhD UC San Diego
MFA Mills College
BA UC Santa Cruz

Employment History

1988-current: NASA Ames Research Center
1996-current: Audio Forensic Center, Charles M Salter Associates


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