The 2008 Bernard Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award was presented on May 8th to Michael Dolan. Founder and President of Television Broadcast Technology, Dolan was recognized for his long service to ATSC and his commitment to the development of high quality technical documents.
“He gives standards development and documentation the attention and care that it requires,” said ATSC President Mark Richer. “Mike has consistently demonstrated that he cares deeply about helping to optimize our standards development process.”
Among other things, Dolan was a key contributor to the development of the ATSC’s Data Broadcasting suite of standards, including A/90; and he co-authored the book Understanding the ATSC Data Broadcasting Standard (McGraw-Hill, 2001).
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