The 2006 Bernard J 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, Bernard Lechner, for his outstanding services to the ATSC. The award is made by the Board of Directors and presented at the ATSC Annual Meeting.

Art Allison, center, receives the 2006 Bernard J. Lechner Award from Mark Richer, left and Robert Rast

Art Allison, center, receives the 2006 Bernard J. Lechner Award from Mark Richer, left and Robert Rast

“Art Allison has been an outstanding contributor to the work of the ATSC for over a decade, and in a variety of other standards forums as well throughout his career. Art epitomizes the values of dedication, hard work, and cooperation that are vital to the success of the ATSC,” said Mr. Mark Richer, ATSC President. “Art’s commitment to the standards development process and his attention to detail has been a key factor in the development of ATSC Standards and Recommended Practices.”

Mr. Allison served as the chair of the Implementation Subcommittee from 1997 to 2004. Under his leadership the Implementation Subcommittee helped the industry address real world of DTV implementation issues including technical challenges such as the implementation of PSIP and captioning, lip sync and the postage stamp effect. The initial work of the Implemention Subcommittee led to important standards development work in ATSC, CEA and SMPTE.

Mr. Allison participates in nearly all of the technical work of ATSC. He has been actively involved in the specialist groups of the Technology and Standards Group (TSG). He is currently chair of TSG/S1 (PSIP Metadata Communication) and is also deeply involved in the work of many other specialist groups.

Mr. Allison is the Director of Advanced Engineering in the Science & Technology Department of the National Association of Broadcasters. He joined NAB in September 1995, and his responsibilities include technical issue management with a focus on policy and technical developments of advanced television systems.

Prior to NAB, his experience included being the chief architect of the ARBITRON in-home electronic TV channel identification system. Mr. Allison earned a B.S.E.E. from Clemson University and a M.E.A. from George Washington University.

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