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New SMPTE president Seidel to promote education

"Increasing the society's online educational course offerings to include basic audio/video technologies for young engineers is a high priority," says Robert Siedel

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the US-based professional body which specialises in the development of media standards and “moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media and entertainment industries”, has announced its new officers and governors for 2015–16. Robert Seidel, vice-president of engineering and advanced technology at CBS, will take office as the society’s new president on 1 January.

Seidel (pictured), who previously held SMPTE board roles including executive vice-president and finance vice-president, will serve a two-year term as SMPTE president, succeeding Wendy Aylsworth, senior vice-president of technology at Warner Bros Technical Operations, who will now become the society’s past president.

“Going forward in this new role with the society, I look forward to embracing adjacent market industries, such as over-the-top television, that use motion-imaging and file-based workflows,” says Seidel. “I will also work to drive ongoing efforts to expand the number of student chapters, infuse the society with young members and help to ensure the long-term growth of the society.

“Increasing the society’s online educational course offerings to include basic audio/video technologies for young engineers is a high priority, as is offering advanced courses in new file-based and IP technologies to the seasoned professional engineer.”

SMPTE executive director Barbara Lange adds: “Bob Seidel has been a tremendous asset to the society in several key positions, and we are confident that he will continue and build on the good work done by Wendy during her successful tenure as president.”

Other incoming SMPTE officers elected for the two-year 2015–2016 term include Matthew S. Goldman, senior vice-president of TV compression technology at Ericsson, who will serve as executive vice-president; Patrick Griffis, executive director of the technology strategy in the office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories, who will continue his service as education vice-president; and Peter Wharton, vice-president of technology and business development at BroadStream Solutions, who will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer. In January 2015, the board will elect an officer to fill the post vacated by Goldman.

Angelo D’Alessio, general manager at the Center for Accessible Media (CAM), will again serve as governor for the EMEA region and Central and South America.

Newly elected officers and governors will be further introduced to the SMPTE membership at the Ssociety’s annual membership meeting on 22 October at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California.