The Audio Engineering Society (AES) welcomes Bruce Olson, an AES Fellow who has contributed decades of active service to the organization, as president for 2023, effective January 1.
Olson has helped shape international audio standards and practices, and has further contributed to the AES as a governor and chair, treasurer, and committee member of his local AES section. The society is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
“Bruce is perennially an invaluable driving force in the AES and to the industry as a whole,” states immediate past president Josh Reiss. “His depth of experience within AES leadership and his industry acumen, as well as his acute technical insight, position him as a strong leader for continued growth as the AES enters its 75th year as the hub of audio technology and innovation.”
As the chair of the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee (AESSC), and having served as the chair of the AES Working Group on Grounding and EMC Practices (SC-05-05), vice chair of the AES Technical Committee for EMC (AESTC-EMC), and as a member of various AES standards groups, Olson received the AES Fellowship Award in 2018 “for outstanding contributions to AES Standards and to sound reinforcement system design and practices.” In addition to standards, He has served on numerous AES committees including Awards and Education, the 144th Convention, and a decade on the Laws & Resolutions Committee.
“It is an honor to serve as president of the Audio Engineering Society. I am pleased by the confidence and trust of our membership,” Olson says. “Through our international team of dedicated industry professionals, the AES continues to bring together the greatest minds with the latest technologies, both through our wide array of events – ranging from those that are industry-wide, such as our highly successful AES New York 2022 Convention, down to local section meetings – and through the standard-setting work that helps align the industry as a whole. I ask that you join us this year in celebrating audio innovation in all its forms and become a part of this worldwide audio community as we face and shape the future together.”
Olson is the founding member of Olson Sound Design, a consulting firm he started in 1991 that specializes in acoustical and technical systems design for performing arts centers, recording studios and houses of worship. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years in audio and acoustical systems design, installation, testing and project management for Minneapolis, MN-based AVC Systems. He is also active in live sound system design and mixing.
Olson has been an invited speaker for sessions, workshops, classes and seminars organized by the AES, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), InfoComm, International Commission for Acoustics (ICA), Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), Synergetic Audio Concepts (Syn-Aud-Con), and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). He has also taught college courses on the use of sound reinforcement, recording, lighting and acoustic facilities.
In 2017, Olson was presented with the ASA Fellowship Award for contributions to design and modeling of electro-acoustic systems for architectural spaces, and is also a member of IEEE, SMPTE, Syn-Aud-Con and USITT. He continues as an active musician and is a member of the Ria Saxophone Quintet and The Bend in the River Big Band.