Las Vegas - Mar 25, 2013 - The annual NAB Technology Luncheon will be held at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 10, 2013, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., in the Paradise Ballroom of the Las Vegas Hotel. This year's keynote speaker will be NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who will make his presentation to the luncheon live via satellite from Washington, DC.
Bolden became the 12th administrator of NASA in July 2009, following a 34-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps, from which he retired with the rank of Major General. Selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1980, Bolden was aboard the space shuttle for four missions between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included several historic elements, including deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission.
Prior to Bolden's nomination for the NASA Administrator's job, he was chief executive officer of a small business providing leadership, military and aerospace consulting, and motivational speaking. Bolden graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in electrical sciences, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. While serving as a naval aviator in the Vietnam War during 1972 and 1973, he flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. After returning to the U.S., Bolden earned a master of science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1977, and became a test pilot after completing his training at the Naval Test Pilot School in 1979.
The 2013 NAB Technology Luncheon will feature presentation of the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards to Jay Adrick of Harris and Frank Foti of the Telos Alliance, as well as presentation of the NAB Service to Broadcast Engineering award to Leonard J. Charles of Morgan Murphy Media.
Also at the Technology Luncheon, the winners of the Technology Innovation Award and Best Paper Award will be announced and presented. The Technology Innovation Award is given to exhibitors at the NAB Show presenting advanced communications technology and/or research of significant merit that has not yet been commercialized. The Best Paper Award is presented to the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit published in the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Proceedings.