WASHINGTON: The National Association of Broadcasters
announced today that television technology innovator Thomas B. Keller, and radio
engineering expert L. Robert du Treil, have been named the 2011 recipients of
the NAB Engineering Achievement Award. They will be honored with the award at
the NAB Show Technology Luncheon on Wednesday, April 13 in the Las Vegas
Keller, who will receive the Television Engineering Award, has spent over 50
years working in the U.S. television broadcast industry, contributing
significant achievements to broadcast engineering development and emerging as a
leading technical innovator. As president of technology consulting firm T.
Keller Corp., he has led development and extensive laboratory and field studies
of new technologies for broadcasting. Among his accomplishments, Keller created
an early computerized captioning system for the hearing-impaired and engineered
one of the first Electronic Field Production programs ever produced for network
Keller served as head of NAB’s Science and Technology department in the 1980s,
helping establish the Advanced Television Systems Committee and overseeing the
Advanced Television Terrestrial Broadcast Project, which provided
transmission/reception of early HDTV technologies used for demonstrations to
the FCC and congress. Keller is a Lifetime Fellow of SMPTE and a senior member
of the Broadcast Technology Society of the IEEE.
Du Treil, this year's Radio Engineering Achievement Award winner, has over 50
years of experience in all aspects of radio and TV engineering. He is currently
a consultant of du Treil, Lundin & Rackley, Inc., where he previously
served as owner and president. du Treil is best known for his contributions to
international discussions on mediumwave (AM) directional antenna technology in
the early 1980s.
In addition to his consulting work, he has published a number of papers and
articles and made presentations to national, state and local broadcast
engineering groups over the years that have led to numerous innovations in the
field. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers, and the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and the Association of
Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, having previously served as
The NAB Technology Luncheon will also feature an address by three-time national
bestselling author, celebrated lecturer and technologist Steven Berlin Johnson
as well as the presentation of the Technology Innovation Award honoring
organizations that bring advanced technology exhibits and demonstrations of
significant merit to the NAB Show. The NAB Best Paper Award, established in
2010, will also be presented to the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit
published in the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Proceedings.
Past TV Recipients from 1991 (Award combined
2010 Mark Richer, ATSC, Washington, D.C.
Sterling Davis, Cox
Broadcasting, Atlanta, Ga.
Antoon Uyttendaele, ABC Inc., New York
Victor Tawil, Association for Maximum Service Television,
S. Merrill Weiss, Merrill
Weiss Group LLC, Metuchen, N.J.
Oded Bendov, TV Transmission
Antenna Group, Inc., Cherry Hill, N.J.
Glynn Walden, Infinity
Broadcasting, New York
Robert P. Eckert, FCC, Washington, D.C.
Bernard Lechner, Consultant, Princeton, N.J.
Larry Thorpe, Sony Electronics, Inc., Park Ridge, N.J.
Max Berry, Capital Cities/ABC (retired) Elkins Park, Pa.
John Turner, Turner
Engineering, Mountain Lakes, N.J.
Robert Hopkins, Sony Pictures High Definition Center, Culver
Michael Sherlock, NBC, New York
Charles Rhodes, Advanced
Television Test Center, Alexandria, Va.
Carl G. Eilers, Manager of
Electronic Systems R&D, Zenith Electronics, Glenview, Ill.
Thomas J. Vaughan, PESA Micro
Communications, Inc., Manchester, N.H.
Stanley N. Baron, Technical Development, NBC, New York
James C. McKinney, Chairman, ATSC, Washington, D.C.
Kerns Powers, David Sarnoff and NBC Consultant, Princeton, N.J.
Harris Corporation, Broadcast Division, Quincy, Ill.
William Connolly, Sony
Advanced Systems, Montvale, N.J.
Jules Cohen, Jules Cohen and Associates, Washington, D.C.
Renville H. McMann, CBS Technology Center, Stamford, Conn.
Dr. George Brown, RCA
Laboratories, Princeton, N.J.
Carl E. Smith, Smith
Electronics, Cleveland, Ohio
Otis S. Freeman, WPIX, Inc.,
Tribune Broadcasting, New York
Joseph Flaherty, Technology, CBS Inc., New York
Julius Barnathan, Broadcast Operations and Engineering, ABC,
Wallace E. Johnson, Association for Broadcast Engineering
Standards, Washington, D.C.
James D. Parker, CBS Television Network, New York
Robert W. Flanders,
McGraw–Hill Broadcasting Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
John A. Moseley, President, Moseley Associates, Inc., Goleta,
Daniel H. Smith, Capital Cities Communications, Inc.,
Dr. Frank G. Kear, Consulting
Engineer, Washington, D.C.
John D. Silva, Golden West
Broadcasters, Los Angeles, Calif.
Joseph B. Epperson,
Scripps–Howard Broadcasting Co., Cleveland, Ohio
A. James Ebel, KOLN–TV, Lincoln, Neb.
John M. Sherman, WCCO, Minneapolis, Minn.
Benjamin Wolfe, Post–Newsweek Stations, Washington, D.C.
Philip Whitney, General Manager, WINC, Winchester, Va.
Jarrett L. Hathaway, NBC
Television Network, New York
Howard A. Chinn, CBS Television Network, New York
Robert M. Morris, ABC, New York
Carl J. Meyers, WGN
Continental Broadcasting Co., Chicago, Ill.
Edward W. Allen, Jr., FCC,
John H. DeWitt, Jr., WSM,
Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. George R. Town, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
N. Harmon, Westinghouse Broadcasting Co., New York
Raymond F. Guy, Consultant
T. A. M. Craven, FCC, Washington, D.C.
John T. Wilner, Hearst
Corporation, Baltimore, Md.
, Baltimore, Md.