Mar 25, 2014 - The Association of Public Radio Engineers has announced two winners for its 2014 Engineering Achievement Award: Bud Aiello, director engineering technologies at NPR, and Gray Frierson Haertig, owner and principal engineer of Gray Frierson Haertig & Associates.
Aiello's nomination noted his work on NPR's new technical facility where he served as the primary architect for the overall systems. "From the early days of designing, to climbing in the construction hole to check the contractor's welds of the grounding grid, to wrestling into submission multiple vendors" Aiello's work proved to be invaluable.
The nomination form noted that Aiello "has a keen eye for detail, uncanny instincts for problem solving, and is a gifted arbiter of where to take advantage of new technologies and where to avoid risks with designs he has reason to doubt will bear the tests of time."
The nomination form submitted for Gray Haertig pointed to his "prolific presence on Pubtech [that] has educated and mentored a significant number of engineers still on the steep side of the learning curve of radio engineering." Also noted was his work with "Numerous new non-commercial radio facilities including those stations serving Indigenous populations" for which he provided RF engineering services that were needed to build, remodel, or improve.
The awards will be presented at the annual APRE/PREC Engineering Awards Dinner on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas.
The 2013 recipient was Michael LeClair, chief engineer for WBUR-FM, Boston. Mike Starling, vice president, Technology Research Center & NPR Labs received the award in 2012.
Other past honorees include: Roger Karwoski, assistant manager and director of engineering for KBIA, Columbia, MO; Donald Creighton, vice president of technology for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media; Richard Cassidy, director of IT and New Media for WAMU-FM, Washington; the late Wayne Hetrich, one of NPR's 30 original employees; Chuck Leavens, director of engineering and information technology management for WDUQ, Pittsburgh; Marty Bloss, former director of technology at NPR; Don Danko, vice president for engineering, Cincinnati Public Radio; John Kean of NPR Labs, part of NPR Distribution's Technology Research Center (TRC); the late Jim McEachern of NPR; Mike Pappas of KUVO in Denver, and Doug Vernier of V-Soft Communications.