Telecom Profs Named Digital Television Pioneers

Feb. 20, 2006

Dr. Corey Carbonara and Dr. Michael Korpi, both professors of communication studies at Baylor University, have been named members of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

The DTP Academy is a select group of more than 200 individuals who have played a significant role in the decade-long effort to make digital television a reality for consumers. The DTV Academy includes individuals from the broadcasting, program development and consumer electronics industries, as well as present and former government officials and members of the media.

"Mostly it is made up of media industry and consumer electronics industry people, so it is unusual to have a couple of professors named to the Academy," Korpi said.

Named "One of the 25 Most Powerful Texans in High Tech" in March 2000 by "Texas Monthly" magazine, Carbonara served as a U.S. representative to the International Telecommunication Union in the late 1980s, when the regulatory agency examined standards for HDTV production, and in 2002 was named to the ITU's Digital Cinema Committee. He participates in wide range of national and international engineering committees and is a member of the Board of Fellows for the University of Texas at Austin Innovation, Creativity and Capital (IC2) Institute. Prior to his appointment at Baylor, Carbonara was the product manager of high-definition systems at Sony Broadcast Products Co.

Korpi conducts research dealing with new communication technologies such as high definition television, nonlinear editing systems, digital cinema and video games. He produced test materials for the HDTV standardization process, including the first side-by-side tests of Super 16mm vs. 35mm film transferred to HDTV. He frequently presents papers for such groups as the National Association of Broadcasters, the Digital World Conference and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He also has served as a consultant for the Texas Association of Broadcasters, the Broadband Initiatives 2000 report for Human Code and the Texas News Network.

Korpi and Carbonara join 1994 Baylor graduate Kristen Cox, president and CEO of Los Angeles-based 16x9 Productions, who was inducted into the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers in 2003.

For more information, contact Carbonara at (254) 710-1511 or Korpi at (254) 710-4465.

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