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For Release: September 3, 2008

A+ 125th AES Convention Student Events Curriculum

Career Workshop & Fair, Recording &  Design Competitions, Mentoring, & More

Mark Swiderski SAN FRANCISCO: AES Conventions represent the ultimate connectivity Mecca for plugged-in students eager to network with established engineers, producers, music industry pros and manufacturers.  “Education Committee Co-Chairs Dottie Kreps, Teri Grossheim and Mark Swiderski have devised an exemplary program to provide student attendees with a wealth of career-building details and networking opportunities,” reports AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “Scheduled for October 2-5 in SF’s Moscone Center, 125th AES Convention Student Events are certain to provide instructive benefits for all attendees.”
Student Events Program Highlights Include:
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2:30 – 4:00PM 
ONE ON ONE MENTORING SESSION, PART 1: Following the Student Delegate Assembly meeting 9:00 – 11:00AM, students may register for individual meetings with distinguished audio industry mentors. This rewarding opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with industry mentors will continue on Friday, Oct. 3, 9:00 – 11:00AM.
Thursday, Oct. 2
LISTENING SESSIONS: Chair Dave Greenspan will review student recording projects in a non-competitive listening session designed to provide constructive feedback from a professional panel and audience members. This event is not open to finalists in the Recording competition. A second Listening Session is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4,.
Friday, Oct. 3, 10:00AM – Noon:
EDUCATION FAIR: Institutions offering studies in audio (from short courses to graduate degrees) will be represented in a “table top” session. Information on each school’s respective programs will be available via displays and academic guidance. Admission is free, and open to all convention attendees.
Friday, Oct. 3, 1:30 -4:30PM
RECORDING COMPETITION/SURROUND: A distinguished panel of judges will critique finalists in an interactive presentation and discussion. Student members can submit stereo and surround recordings in the categories classical, jazz, folk/world music, and pop/rock. Meritorious awards will be presented at the closing Student Delegate Assembly Meeting on Monday.  The STEREO RECORDING COMPETITION is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, 2:30 – 6:00PM
Friday, Oct. 3, 2:30 – 4:40PM 
RESUME REVIEW:  AES Convention Co-Chair and leading industry consultant John Strawn will chair this session aimed at job candidates in electrical engineering and   computer science. Confidential, no-cost, no-obligation resume reviews will offer  recommendations on: missing resume elements, items to omit and how to strengthen talent and skill descriptions. Recent graduates, juniors, seniors, and graduate students seeking full-time employment in hardware or software engineering for the audio and music industries will especially benefit from this session. 
Friday, Oct. 3, 4:30 – 6:00PM 
CAREER WORKSHOP:  Moderators: Keith Hatschek and Gary Gottlieb have programmed an interactive workshop on student member input. Topics are focused on education and career development within the audio industry. An online discussion based on this talk will continue on the forums at
Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:00 – 11:00AM 
CAREER FAIR: The Career/Job Fair will feature several companies from the exhibit floor. Convention attendees, students and professionals alike, are welcome to visit with representatives to learn about audio industry job and internship opportunities. Resumes are requested.
Sunday, Oct. 5, 9:00 – 10:00AM
DESIGN COMPETITION: Students at any university or recording school may submit audio projects to showcase their technical skills. The Competition is focused on design concepts and prototypes, not recording projects or theoretical papers. Designs will be judged by a panel of industry experts in design and manufacturing. Multiple prizes will be awarded.
The 125th AES Convention will be held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center October 2-5, 2008.  For information please visit 
Photo caption: Education Committee Co-Chair Mark Swiderski.
Currently celebrating its 60th anniversary,  The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers.  The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East.  The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination  of  technical information for the industry.  For additional information visit