Currently serving as director, acoustic research at Harman International, Dr. Sean Olive has been announced as the next president of the Audio Engineering Society.
Olive comes from a varied pro audio background and holds degrees from the University of Toronto and McGill. He served as an audio research scientist for the National Research Council of Canada for several years, before joining the HARMAN team in 1993. He has stayed active in academia, teaching classes at UCLA on occasion, and has been involved in various aspects of the AES’s technical committees and research initiatives.
One set of goals embraced by Olive is to continue diversifying the scope of the AES and its membership. As he points out, “The recording industry has been at times resistant to change, and we are still feeling the effects of the failure to fully embrace digital technology.
"The ways that consumers are experiencing music are evolving at a rapid rate, with audio as a mobile experience now being much more common than a living room with a hi-fi system. Headphone sales are through the roof, and the AES has a chance to help improve the consistency and quality of the mobile experience.
"As our membership continues to move toward this world, along with the worlds of film, sound contracting, live sound, automotive audio and gaming, we need to further explore these avenues in order to better serve our members.
"There is also huge room for AES member expansion into the so-called ‘BRIC’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and we plan to increase our outreach in those regions. The AES has a tremendous leadership role and a strong membership base, and I look forward to leveraging these assets to assist in the ongoing transition to the AES of the 21st century.”