The Audio Engineering Society has announced the promotion of Nadja Wallaszkovits to president, which took effect as of January 1 2019.
“Having worked with Nadja for many years as part of the AES team, we look forward to having her serve in the role of president, as the Society continues our mission to promote science and education in the field of audio engineering,” stated AES’ past president David Scheirman. “Nadja’s knowledge of audio engineering technologies and experience within the AES will be a valuable asset in the coming year.”
Wallaszkovits has been involved with AES for over 25 years, including serving as vice chair of the Austrian section, and on the Technical Committee for Archiving Restoration and Digital Libraries, as well as working in Standards on the Subcommittee on Metadata for Audio. She also served as convention co-chair, and received the AES Board of Governors Award for her work on both the 142nd (Berlin) and 144th (Milan) AES international conventions.
For the past year, Wallaszkovits has worked on the Executive Committee of the AES Board of Governors as president-elect, making her an obvious candidate for the role.
Wallaszkovits has a strong background in audio, having studied ethnomusicology at the University of Vienna before joining the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2005, and now, currently holding the position of chief audio engineer at the Academy’s Phonogrammarchiv. She recently took over the management of a Public Private Partnership collaboration between the Phonogrammarchiv and NOA Gmbh that is dedicated to the restoration of acetate media.
Wallaszkovits also fills the role of vice chair for the Technical Committee of International Association of Sound Archives (IASA), as well as being a member of the Training and Education Committee.
“I became associated with the AES for the first time in the early days of my audio education when a professor recommended that I join the Society, and invited me to attend the local section’s meetings,” said Wallaszkovits. “I was immediately excited – it was my first chance to meet the well-respected audio professionals of our country, to listen to their presentations, discuss current topics and become involved in the community. This powerful impression and experience profoundly impacted my professional life and has deeply linked me with AES and our community.
“AES offers a unique, collegial community. I would like to thank our membership, numerous business partners, supporters, volunteers, and the AES staff for their continuous engagement in the Society. We look forward to a highly-successful year in 2019.”