New York, NY, October 14, 2019 — The AES Educational Foundation has announced that the recipient of the 2019 Mary Lea Simpson Scholarship is Olivia Canavan. The memorial scholarship is named after Mary Lea Simpson, a graduate of the audio production program at the New England Institute of Art. It is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in final year of studies at a North American college or university undertaking an audio engineering/recording arts program.
Canavan will earn a B.S. from the University of Rochester in Audio and Music Engineering, with a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, She has worked as a research assistant in Rochester's 3D Audio Lab and given a presentation at an AES convention. Olivia continues her research in assistive hearing technology improvements in spatialization, applying facets of DSP and ambisonic mixing/processing.
Canavan wishes to pursue a Master's degree in electrical and computer engineering, focusing on DSP for 3D audio technology. She is the current president of the UR AES student section, and is passionate about expanding the number of women involved with audio/music technology.
The scholarship is administered by AES Educational Foundation president Don Puluse and chair of the foundation’s Mary Lea Simpson scholarship committee, Barry Marshall.
The AES Educational Foundation was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the profession of audio engineering. Grants for graduate studies with emphasis on audio topics are awarded annually. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, achievements, goals and recommendations.
The AES Educational Foundation is affiliated with the Audio Engineering Society. Grants have been made possible by contributions from Audio Precision, Dolby, Genelec, Harman International, JBL, L-Acoustics, PMC, the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the families of John Eargle, John K Hillard, Mary Lea Simpson, David Smith, Emil Torick and the family and friends of Larry Estrin, Don and Fran Pearson and Bruce Swedien. The Foundation also receives support from other benefactors such as in-memoriam donors, and individuals and companies that support education in audio. Additional information is available from the Audio Engineering Society, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1225, New York, NY 10176, USA. Application forms are available on its web site: www.aes.org/education/foundation/.