The 2003 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.

Glenn Adams Receives the 2003 Lechner Award From ATSC Board of Directors chairman Phil Livingston (right)

Glenn Adams Receives the 2003 Lechner Award From ATSC Board of Directors chairman Phil Livingston (right)

Dr. Glenn Adams is the founder and CEO of Extensible Formatting Systems, Inc. (XFSI), a technology consulting company in the Boston Area.

For over four years, Dr. Adams has been an active participant in the work of ATSC. Since February of 2001, he has served as Chairman of the T3/S17 Specialist Group on DTV Applications Software Environment (DASE). During that time, S17 successfully completed its work on the initial release of the DASE Standard.

In addition to chairing S17, Dr. Adams was the primary author and principle editor of DASE which is certainly the most complex standard ever developed by ATSC. Especially noteworthy is that the implementations during the Candidate Standard phase of DASE 1 resulted in few changes and verified the strength of the overall design. His intimate knowledge of internet based standards has helped ensure that DASE will enable convergent applications. He is now actively involved in our effort with CableLabs to develop a new harmonized standard.

In addition to his ATSC activities, Dr. Adams serves as chair of the newly inaugurated W3C Timed Text Working Group. He also serves as Technical Director, Emeritus, for the Unicode Consortium, and he was a principal author of the Unicode Standard.

Dr. Adams received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in the field of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; his A.M in Classics from the University of California at Berkeley; and an S.B. in Mathematical Physics from University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to attending University, he served in combat positions in the U.S. Army in South Vietnam. (March 2003).

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