AES Member Profile

Mark R. Gander

Mark R. Gander

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Audio Fields:

  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Transducers
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound
  • Broadcasting - Studio
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound


Mark R. Gander has had numerous papers published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, is one of the authors of The Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook, and edited volumes 3 and 4 of the AES anthology Loudspeakers. In 1994 he received an AES Fellowship, and that year he was also elected to serve as a Governor of the AES. In 2007 he was elected to the InfoComm International Board of Governors. He is also a member of the ASA, the IEEE, and SMPTE.

AES Awards

In 1994, Mark R. Gander was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for significant developments in low frequency transducer design and measurement, and in loudspeaker systems for large scale music reinforcement.

In 2014, Mark Gander was presented with the AES Bronze Medal Award in recognition of his significant contributions in the field of loudspeaker development and for mentoring a generation of audio engineering researchers.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

In 2017 he received the Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal for Cinema Sound from the Society of Motion Picture and Telrvision Engineers. The Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal, sponsored by Warner Bros., recognizes outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods and/or apparatus for motion picture sound, at any step in the process.

"The award was in recognition of his contributions to the design and development of cinema loudspeaker systems. Gander has brought a comprehensive perspective to these efforts and has been responsible for every aspect of bringing a new loudspeaker design to market, from transducer engineering through logistics of manufacture and distribution to the signature marketing of the JBL Professional cinema product line. In his four decades devoted to the highest fidelity cinema sound reproduction, Gander has influenced cinema loudspeaker design industrywide."

Education Background

Mr. Gander earned a B.S. degree from Syracuse University in 1974. In 1976 he received an M.S.E.E. from The Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in audio electronics and instrumentation, which included the multidisciplinary program in acoustical engineering.

Employment History

In 1976 Mark joined James B. Lansing Sound, Inc., where he had design responsibility for various consumer and professional loudspeaker products.

Over a 40+year career at JBL/Harman he has held positions as transducer engineer, applications engineer, product manager, vice president marketing, vice president engineering, vice-president strategic development, and director of technology for JBL Professional.

Related Experience

In 1974-75 Gander worked as a sound engineer and audio systems designer in broadcasting, studio recording, and concert sound reinforcement

Why Am I An AES Member?

The AES through its Journal and Conventions was my introduction to audio and the beginning of my self-education. Starting with my joining the Society in 1972 I continued to follow and learn from the activities and publications of the Society, as well as from the personal networking opportunities that AES Conventions, Conferences and Section Meetings provide. Throughout my professional career both in industry and in my writing and presentations, the AES has continued as the primary cornerstone of my audio life.


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