The 2001 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.

Dr. Richard Chernock, 2001 Lechner Award recipient

Dr. Richard Chernock, 2001 Lechner Award recipient

Dr. Chernock is currently an Engineering Fellow at Triveni Digital and Product Manager for the PSIP generation products. In that position, he is developing products and technologies that provide for the management and distribution of data and metadata in digital television systems. His primary focus is on metadata technologies and stream monitoring.

Previously, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, investigating digital broadcast technologies. Dr. Chernock is active in a number of the ATSC standards committees, particularly in the area of metadata and data broadcast. He chairs a number of adhoc committees within ATSC whose work relates to metadata and transport issues. He is vice-chair of the Technology Group on Distribution (T3). In another life, he used transmission electron microscopy to study materials characteristics for advanced ceramics packaging and semiconductor technology at IBM. His ScD was from MIT in the field of nuclear materials engineering.

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