Avid’s Kovalick Awarded SMPTE Sarnoff Medal
October 29, 2009
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.: Al Kovalick, enterprise product strategist at
Avid, received the SMPTE 2009 David Sarnoff Medal for his contributions to the
advancement of file-based video storage, playback and interchange for use in
television production. The award will be presented during a special ceremony
tonight in conjunction with the Technical Conference of the Society of Motion
Picture and Television Engineers.
Each year, the organization recognizes an individual who has made outstanding
contributions in the development of new techniques or equipment which have
contributed to the improvement of the engineering phases of television,
including theater television.
Kovalick has worked in the field of hybrid audio/video and information
technology systems for the past 16 years. He is an SMPTE Fellow, an active and
visible member of the SMPTE standards committees and a founding member of Pro
MPEG Forum and the Advanced Media Workflow Association. He has 18 U.S. and
international patents, is the author of the first book in the field on
converged AV and IT systems, “Video Systems in an IT Environment, Second Ed.:
The Basics of Professional Networked Media and File-based Workflows,” and has written
more than 50 published papers.
Kovalick has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from San
Jose State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UC