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Lechner Award

The Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award is bestowed once a year to an individual representative of the membership whose technical and leadership contributions to the ATSC have been invaluable and exemplary. The title of the award recognizes the first recipient, the late Bernard Lechner, for his outstanding services to the ATSC. The honoree is selected by the ATSC Board of Directors.

Lechner is the retired Staff Vice President, Advanced Video Systems, RCA Laboratories. His 30-year career at RCA covered all aspects of television and display research, from early work on home video tape recorders in the late 1950s, extensive development of flat-panel matrix displays in the 1960s including pioneering efforts on active-matrix liquid crystal displays, advanced two-way cable TV systems and pay-TV systems in the early 1970s, electronic tuning systems and CCD comb-filters for TV receivers in the mid-1970s, automated broadcast cameras and CCD broadcast cameras in the late 1970s and early 1980s, to HDTV in the mid-1980s.


Lechner Award Recipients

2019 Recipient - Adam Goldberg

Adam Goldberg

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2019 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee honored Adam Goldberg as the 2019 recipient of the organization’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. The award presentation capped the two-day 2019 ATSC Next Gen TV Conference at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. Goldberg chairs the S36 Specialist Group on ATSC 3.0 Security, where he led the development of the A/360 ATSC 3.0 Security and Service Protection Standard. A/360 defines methodologies to secure content and data flows described in ATSC 3.0 specifications.

“Security has been of paramount importance in ATSC 3.0 from the outset, and Adam has been a key technical contributor on ATSC 3.0 security,” said ATSC President Madeleine Noland. “By facilitating consensus, Adam helped ensure that strong ATSC 3.0 security not only helps keep our data and content safe, but also enables new business models, such as subscription or pay-per view services, while opening doors to new industry sectors like automotive.”

Goldberg, currently Director of Technical Standards at Sony, has been working in television for a quarter century. He was a key player in the analog-to-digital transition a decade ago and has been active in cable television, terrestrial broadcasting and virtually every aspect of the ever-evolving home entertainment landscape.

His career includes key technology and standards roles in various leading companies over the years – Sony, Pioneer, Sharp, Harmonic and DiviCom, among them. For a decade, he led his own consulting firm, AGP LLC, representing NAGRA, Pearl TV and others. At ATSC, in addition to leading S36, Goldberg has been active in other specialist groups, including Management & Protocols (S33), Applications & Presentation (S34) and Interactive Environment (S38).

He studied computer science at the University of Kentucky and received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Iowa State University.

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