The Music Engineering Faculty
Ken C. Pohlmann is a professor at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and the director of the Music Engineering program in the University’s Frost School of Music. He has initiated new undergraduate and graduate courses in digital audio, advanced digital audio, Internet audio, acoustics and psychoacoustics, and studio production. In 1986 he founded the first Masters degree program in Music Engineering in the United States. Mr. Pohlmann holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana–Champaign.
Mr. Pohlmann is the author of Principles of Digital Audio (McGraw-Hill); this book has appeared in five editions and been translated into Dutch, Spanish and Chinese. He is also author of The Compact Disc Handbook (A-R Editions); this book has appeared in two editions and been translated into German. He is also co-author of Writing for New Media (John Wiley and Sons), and editor and co-author of Advanced Digital Audio (Howard W. Sams). Since 1982, he has written over 2,200 articles for publications including Audio magazine, dB magazine, Car Stereo Review, CD Review, Electronics Australia, Guitar Player magazine, Handbook for Sound Engineers, IEEE Spectrum, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Laserdisk Professional, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, Mix magazine, Mobile Entertainment, National Association of Broadcasters Handbook, NARAS Journal, PC magazine, Sound & Vision, Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Stereo Review, Video magazine and World Book Encyclopedia. He is a senior contributor for Road & Track Road Gear magazine, and contributing technical editor and columnist for Sound & Vision magazine.
Mr. Pohlmann is president of Hammer Laboratories, a company devoted to the research, development, and testing of new audio technology. He serves as a consultant in the design of digital audio systems, the development of sound systems for automobile manufacturers, and as a consultant and expert witness in technology and patent litigation. Some of his consulting clients include: Alpine Electronics, Analog Devices, Apple Computer, Bertlesmann Music Group, Blockbuster Entertainment, BMW, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, DaimlerChrysler, Eclipse, Ford, Fujitsu Ten, Harman International, Hughes Electronics, Hyundai, IBM, Kia, Lexus, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electronics, Motorola, Nippon Columbia, Onkyo America, Philips, RealNetworks, Recording Industry Association of America, Samsung, Sensormatic, Sonopress, Sony, TDK, Time Warner, Toyota, United Technologies, and the U.S. Justice Department Anti-Trust Division.
Mr. Pohlmann has consulted with law firms such as Arnold & Porter, Baker & McKenzie, Christie Parker & Hale, Cushman Darby & Cushman, Dewey Ballantine, Fish & Richardson, Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman, Machtinger & Kinsella, Darby & Darby, Firmstone & Feil, Fish & Neave, Hunton & Williams, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Barnes & Thornburg, and Young & Thompson.
Mr. Pohlmann co-founded Microcomputer Arts, Inc. (1980), International Business Information Systems Inc. (1982), and U.S. Digital Disc Corporation (1985). He chaired the Audio Engineering Society’s International Conference on Digital Audio in Toronto in 1989 and co-chaired the Society’s International Conference on Internet Audio in Seattle in 1997. He was presented two AES Board of Governor’s Awards (1989 and 1998) and was named an AES Fellow in 1990 for his work as an educator and author. He was elected to the AES Board of Governors in 1991. He was presented the University of Miami Philip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 1992. He served as AES convention papers chairman in 1984 and papers co-chairman in 1993. He was elected as the AES Vice President of the Eastern U.S. and Canada Region in 1993. He served as a Non-Board Member of the National Public Radio Distribution/Interconnection Committee from 2000 – 03. Mr. Pohlmann joined the Board of Directors of the New World Symphony in 2000.