Voice of America
Responsible for researching and testing new technologies and their possible application for the Voice Of America (VOA).
- Researched portable devices such as tablet computers and smart-phones as a tool for journalist. Developed journalist kit based on these devices.
- Designed and implemented a Internet based video conferencing system that allows VOA video journalist around the world to connect to VOA TV studios and do live reports from the field in a cost effective manner.
- As part of a partnership between VOA and USTTI (United States Telecommunication Training Institute) www.ustti.org. Acted as an instructor for groups telecommunications personnel from around the world that visited Washington DC to learn about new technologies. Courses taught where, “Computer Applications in Broadcasting”, “Open Source Applications for Broadcasting”, and “Audio Editing Workshop”.
- In a joint project between VOA, State Department, and Embassy in Mexico conducted a series of training session in rural parts of Mexico to teach journalist about how to produce community radio.
- Introduced the agency to Content Management Systems and formed part of a team that helped evaluated and implement the agency's first CMS which handled 40+ languages.
- Technical director for a multi-agency produced database driven multimedia CD-ROM to train journalist in developing countries on how to report on health issues.
- Designed and implemented automated streaming system to encode and distribute 100+ hours per day of IBB audio and video programming over the Internet.
- Worked on the first VOA internally produced Multimedia CD-ROM called the Voice Of America Multimedia Catalog, for the Office of Business Development. This was used as a tool for selling VOA programming to affiliates, this technology greatly simplified staffs ability to give presentations internationally.
- Introduced Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) to the Agency after attending DAW Shootout conference put on by the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) in New York City. Headed up the evaluation project team and made final recommendations for implementation at the Agency. This was one of the first digital audio projects at the agency and eventually lead to the current digital audio editing system.
- Designed, tested and installed control systems for audio, RF, and other subsystems at VOA Relay Stations in the Philippines, Greece, and Botswana.
- Design of audio systems for relay stations. Lead engineer responsible for the evaluation Digital Audio Workstations for use in-house at VOA headquarters.
- Part of team that designed 1,500 user fully digital audio network at VOA headquarters. This design included heavy involvement in the areas of digital audio systems and high speed LAN networks.
- Member of computer committee which selected computer hardware and software for the Division.
- Extensive use of microcomputers as an engineering tool.
- Good knowledge of software packages for word processing, database, spreadsheets, digital audio editing, digital video editing, web streaming, communications, microcomputer trouble-shooting, Computer Aided Design, multimedia, scanning, Internet, and control systems.