The Excellence in Standards Award Recipients
2018: S. Merrill Weiss
In recognition of more than four decades of participation and more than three decades of leadership in the development of SMPTE's standards. Weiss has served in the Society's Standards Community continuously for over 40 years and has led many of the Society's most important standards efforts, including the development of the component digital video production standards, the Archive eXchange Format (AXF) standards, and the underlying framework on which today's digital video workflows are based. In addition to his technical contributions, Weiss is a SMPTE Fellow and has mentored many SMPTE Technology Committee (TC) participants who later made significant contributions to the Society's work. He has written extensively about SMPTE's standards efforts, explaining their value and utility to working engineers and practitioners throughout the industry.
In recognition of his continuous participation in SMPTE’s standards work for more than 30 years. Safar has contributed to the development of countless standards related to the compression and formatting of multimedia content for storage on analog and digital media, as well as the development of Time Code, ancillary data formatting and mapping. He is a careful reviewer of SMPTE standards, with a focus on ensuring harmonization and compatibility of interrelated standards across multiple technology committees. Safar’s dedicated performance in the SMPTE Standards Community has resulted in a high quality of professional standards documents.
In recognition of his long-standing involvement in SMPTE standards for almost 40 years. Mr. Bancroft served as SMPTE Technology Committee Chair, he has chaired several SMPTE standards project groups and made technical contributions to many SMPTE standards development efforts. He continues to participate in SMPTE standards efforts and he is active in the United Kingdom SMPTE Section. Mr. Bancroft has been a frequent contributor of technical articles to the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, and a presenter at SMPTE conferences.
For his leadership in the development of the Material eXchange Format (MXF) standard, and many of the supporting standards for MXF. Mr. Devlin chaired the SMPTE MXF Design and Standardization Group, and since the publication of the MXF standard in 2004, has been active in updating the core documents and developing new MXF-related standards. He continues to be active in SMPTE standards, currently chairing the ST 377-2 drafting group (KLV Encoded Extension Syntax for MXF) and the ST 380 (MXF Descriptive Metadata Scheme-1) revision group, as well as actively participating in the integer/fractional frame rates study group, the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Sample Material Interchange group, the Timecode in MXF Study Group, and the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) in MXF project.
J. Patrick Waddell
For his two decades of involvement in SMPTE standards. Waddell’s participation is broad, encompassing virtually every Technology Committee. He is a universally active participant in the standards community and is often the first volunteer to help with new efforts or to assist in whatever capacity is needed, whether this be as Chair, Secretary, Document Editor, or any other role requiring assistance. He currently serves as the Secretary of TC 32NF (Network/Facilities Architecture), and chairs the 32NF-80 Working Group on Time Labeling and Synchronization. He also chairs the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) in MXF project.
For his sustained efforts in the development, and evolution of standards relating to real-time electrical and optical streaming media interfaces for video and D-Cinema production. Mr. Hudson authored the SMPTE 3Gb/s SDI standard in parallel with his work developing the necessary components, resulting in a rapid and successful adoption of the interface by the industry, and is a key player in the development of 6Gb/s and 12Gb/s UHDTV SDI interfaces. John’s SMPTE work is characterized by commitment and competence, combined with an attitude of cooperation and collegial relations with colleagues and competitors.
For his sustained efforts in D-Cinema standards and interoperability efforts for which he consistently provides objective evaluation of the technical/business trade-offs to arrive at the most cost-effective solutions with rigorous attention to technical detail in ensuring the accurate interrelationship of SMPTE's D-Cinema standards.
Bob Edge has made major contributions in SMPTE engineering activities for many years. As a committee chair and active participant, he has been a leader in the development of standards for file formats and file-based workflows. For his continuous and proactive commitment to the development and improvement to SMPTE’s engineering standards and practices, Bob Edge is awarded our society's Excellence in Standards Award for 2012.
Michael A. Dolan
Michael Dolan plays a leading role in SMPTE engineering activities in the field of traditional broadcasting as well as broadband and emerging technologies. For his continuous and proactive commitment to the development and improvement of our Society's practices, its history, and SMPTE's engineering standards, Michael Dolan is awarded the Excellence in Standards Award for 2011.
Thomas A. Scott
For his steady and pragmatic guidance in standards participation, his outstanding leadership in the roles of Engineering Director and Editorial Director, and for his conference participation, all of which are aimed at the continued promulgation of SMPTE standards and materials.
For his continuous, active participation in SMPTE’s standards work for over 40 years. Mr. Dare has authored countless standards related to the compression, encryption, and formatting of audio-visual content for the purposes of storage on analog and digital tape and carriage across serial interfaces, for ultimate presentation in standard-definition, high-definition, and digital cinema. He is a careful reviewer of every SMPTE standard, often playing devil’s advocate to ensure all aspects are considered from content production to equipment playout. Mr. Dare has chaired numerous Ad Hoc and Study Groups, as well as a Technology Committee on Networks. He has become a proficient disciple of SMPTE process and his guidance is sought by others on navigating the rigorous standardization steps. Mr. Dare’s dedicated performance in the SMPTE Standards Community has resulted in a high quality of professional publications.