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AES Educational Foundation Announces First Time Mary Lea Simpson Scholarship Winner

The organization has announced Christian Steinmetz as the inaugural winner of the Mary Lea Simpson memorial scholarship

Mary Lea Simpson

The AES has announced Christian Steinmetz as the first Mary Lea Simpson memorial scholarship winner.

The scholarship is named after Mary Lea Simpson, a former graduate of the audio production programme at the New England Institute of Art. It is awarded to a limited number of full-time undergraduate students in their final year at a North American college or university undertaking an audio engineering/recording arts programme.

Steinmetz, who currently is completing a dual major BS in electrical engineering and BA in audio technology at Clemson University, is also the chief engineer at the Clemson radio station, WSBF-FM, and producer for WSBF Live Sessions.

Steinmetz’s previous work includes interning for Cirrus Logic, designer of DSP integrated circuits. He also has experience in working as a researcher, pursuing work related to audio signal processing for music production.

The scholarship is administered by AES Educational Foundation president Don Puluse and chair of the foundation’s Mary Lea Simpson scholarship committee, Barry Marshall.

The AES Educational Foundation was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the profession of audio engineering. Grants for graduate studies with emphasis on audio topics are awarded annually. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, achievements, goals and recommendations. Since its inception, the AESEF has presented awards totaling over one million dollars.

The AES Educational Foundation is affiliated with, but not funded by, the Audio Engineering Society. Grants have been made possible by contributions from the estate of John K. Hilliard, JBL Inc., HARMAN International Industries Inc., the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the families of John Eargle, David Smith, Emil Torick, Mary Lea Simpson and the family and friends of Bruce Swedien, Don and Fran Pearson, Larry Estrin and Audio Precision, honoring Tom Kite.

The Foundation also receives support from other benefactors such as in-memoriam donors, and individuals and companies that support education in audio. Additional information is available from the Audio Engineering Society, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1225, New York, NY 10176, USA. Application forms are available on its web site:

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