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02.23.2011 12:00AM
NAB Engineering Achievement Awards Go to Keller and Du Treil
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 Hilton.

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 release.


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 president.


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 from 1959-90.)
2010
Mark Richer, ATSC, Washington, D.C.
2009
Sterling Davis, Cox Broadcasting, Atlanta, Ga.
2008
Antoon Uyttendaele, ABC Inc., New York
2007
Victor Tawil, Association for Maximum Service Television, Washington, D.C.
2006
S. Merrill Weiss, Merrill Weiss Group LLC, Metuchen, N.J.
2005
Oded Bendov, TV Transmission Antenna Group, Inc., Cherry Hill, N.J.
2004
Glynn Walden, Infinity Broadcasting, New York
2003
Robert P. Eckert, FCC, Washington, D.C.
2002
Bernard Lechner, Consultant, Princeton, N.J.
2001
Larry Thorpe, Sony Electronics, Inc., Park Ridge, N.J.
2000
Max Berry, Capital Cities/ABC (retired) Elkins Park, Pa.
1999
John Turner, Turner Engineering, Mountain Lakes, N.J.
1998
Robert Hopkins, Sony Pictures High Definition Center, Culver City, Calif.
1997
Michael Sherlock, NBC, New York
1996
Charles Rhodes, Advanced Television Test Center, Alexandria, Va.
1995
Carl G. Eilers, Manager of Electronic Systems R&D, Zenith Electronics, Glenview, Ill.
1994
Thomas J. Vaughan, PESA Micro Communications, Inc., Manchester, N.H.
1993
Stanley N. Baron, Technical Development, NBC, New York
1992
James C. McKinney, Chairman, ATSC, Washington, D.C.
1991
Kerns Powers, David Sarnoff and NBC Consultant, Princeton, N.J.
1990
Hilmer Swanson, Harris Corporation, Broadcast Division, Quincy, Ill.
1989
William Connolly, Sony Advanced Systems, Montvale, N.J.
1988
Jules Cohen, Jules Cohen and Associates, Washington, D.C.
1987
Renville H. McMann, CBS Technology Center, Stamford, Conn.
1986
Dr. George Brown, RCA Laboratories, Princeton, N.J.
1985
Carl E. Smith, Smith Electronics, Cleveland, Ohio
1984
Otis S. Freeman, WPIX, Inc., Tribune Broadcasting, New York
1983
Joseph Flaherty, Technology, CBS Inc., New York
1982
Julius Barnathan, Broadcast Operations and Engineering, ABC, New York
1981
Wallace E. Johnson, Association for Broadcast Engineering Standards, Washington, D.C.
1980
James D. Parker, CBS Television Network, New York
1979
Robert W. Flanders, McGraw–Hill Broadcasting Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
1978
John A. Moseley, President, Moseley Associates, Inc., Goleta, Calif.
1977
Daniel H. Smith, Capital Cities Communications, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.
1976
Dr. Frank G. Kear, Consulting Engineer, Washington, D.C.
1975
John D. Silva, Golden West Broadcasters, Los Angeles, Calif.
1974
Joseph B. Epperson, Scripps–Howard Broadcasting Co., Cleveland, Ohio
1973
A. James Ebel, KOLN–TV, Lincoln, Neb.
1972
John M. Sherman, WCCO, Minneapolis, Minn.
1971
Benjamin Wolfe, Post–Newsweek Stations, Washington, D.C.
1970
Philip Whitney, General Manager, WINC, Winchester, Va.
1969
Jarrett L. Hathaway, NBC Television Network, New York
1968
Howard A. Chinn, CBS Television Network, New York
1967
Robert M. Morris, ABC, New York
1966
Carl J. Meyers, WGN Continental Broadcasting Co., Chicago, Ill.
1965
Edward W. Allen, Jr., FCC, Washington, D.C.
1964
John H. DeWitt, Jr., WSM, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
1963
Dr. George R. Town, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
1962
Ralph N. Harmon, Westinghouse Broadcasting Co., New York
1961
Raymond F. Guy, Consultant
1960
Commissioner T. A. M. Craven, FCC, Washington, D.C.
1959
John T. Wilner, Hearst Corporation, Baltimore, Md. , Baltimore, Md.


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