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University of Massachusetts-Lowell - October 26, 2011

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This week, DSP engineer Kirk Buschen from Harman International spoke to us about his career, school, and life experience. He studied sound recording at SUNY Fredonia, then continued his education by getting bachelors and masters degrees from Binghamton University in electrical engineering. He discussed how he got his first job by putting out 1500 resumes, before the time of word processing. He also talked about getting most of his DSP training on the job and the longevity of his career is partly due to being able to teach oneself about current technology and implementing technology. The most recent technology that Kirk developed the DSP for is called QLS or QuantumLogic system. It can analyze incoming audio and creates additional channels of audio that will separate the natural reverb form the audio source. If you would like to learn more about this technology check out this forum:

The was an extensive Q&A session and Kirk offered many suggestions about how to transition out of school and into the working world. We also discussed current DSP development tools and how to get more experience and familiarity at school and in the AES journals.

Thank you to Kirk for donating his time and making the trip to UML in the middle of a busy week of moving into a new home, on the heels of a great deal of international travel!

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