At the 143rd Audio Engineering Society Convention hosted in New York, New York from October 18 – 21, Ohio University Lecturer & AES Governor Kyle P. Snyder chaired the Student & Career Track. “Our AES student members and younger attendees are literally the future of the audio industry,” said Kyle P. Snyder. “Our Student and Career Development events are designed to educate and encourage the next generation of audio industry pros, something that’s always been a top priority for AES.” The four day program featured a packed schedule including mentoring events, recording critiques, student recording & design competitions, and various special events.
The 143rd Convention also saw the historic naming of the student design competition after industry legend Saul Walker. The naming was formally announced during the AES New York 2017 Opening Ceremony, on Wednesday, October 18, with members of the late Mr. Walker’s family in attendance.
The Saul Walker AES Student Design Competition is an opportunity for aspiring hardware and software engineers to participate in a worldwide contest during AES Conventions and gain recognition for their hard work, technical creativity, and ingenuity, as well as advice and mentorship from the competition judges. Students are encouraged to submit entries, with few restrictions on the nature of the projects, except that designs must be for use with audio. The competition is one of many throughout AES Conventions that are coordinated by the Student Delegate Assembly. “Our student & career events are a cornerstone of the convention and fantastic opportunities for students to grow in their craft,” said Kyle P. Snyder, AES Education Committee Chair. “We’re honored to pay tribute to Saul Walker in the most fitting way possible, by connecting him to future hardware engineers through our educational initiatives.”