The 2007 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.

Mark Eyer, SonyMark Eyer, the 2007 Lechner Award recipient.

Mark Eyer, SonyMark Eyer, the 2007 Lechner Award recipient.

Mark K. Eyer is currently Director of Systems for the Technology Standards Office of Sony Electronics. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. degree from the University of Washington in 1973 and received an MSEE degree in 1978 from the same institution.

For the past twenty years, Mark has been involved with the development of technologies and products related to secure and digital television and he holds eighteen US patents in these areas. After joining General Instrument (now Motorola) in 1982, Mr. Eyer supported the company’s development of products employing digital video compression technology by designing cryptographic processing firmware, decoder acquisition state machines, and various software projects related to verification and production testing.

Since 1994, Mark has made contributions to various digital television standards including ATSC A/65 Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP), part of which was derived from his protocols work at GI. He became involved in digital interconnection standards in 1997, and co-chaired the committees in CEA that created the CEA-775 DTV 1394 Interface Specification as well as several others. Mark was a primary contributor to various SCTE Digital Video Subcommittee (DVS) standards including SCTE 26 Home Digital Network Interface, SCTE 65 Service Information Delivered Out-of-Band for Digital Cable Television, and (jointly with CEA) SCTE 18 Emergency Alert Message for Cable (also known as ANSI-J-STD-042).

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