By PSW Staff • September 9, 2013 PreSonus President Jim Odom with an LSU electrical engineering student. (Photos by Marie Powell, courtesy of LSU) To support education and research in the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering, PreSonus Audio Electronics has pledged $200,000 to establish a digital signal processing (DSP) laboratory. DSP is a specialized branch of mathematics that performs analysis and processing of binary representations of analog signals. Advances in digital technology have enabled DSP systems to accomplish tasks inexpensively and efficiently that are difficult or impossible using analog technology. The DSP laboratory will provide LSU College of Engineering students a state-of-the-art environment for learning those skills required in industry settings. “As a graduate of LSU Engineering and a Louisiana entrepreneur, I believe that investment in our home-grown technical workforce is essential in our efforts toward economic growth,” comments Jim Odom, co-founder, PreSonus. “Our intention for this grant is to assist LSU Engineering in becoming a top ten destination for technical education. “The burgeoning industry of digital everything will require highly skilled and trained individuals, and LSU is perfectly positioned to meet this challenge.” PreSonus, cofounded in 1995 by LSU electrical engineering alumni Jim Odom and Brian Smith, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of audio electronics and software used in TV and radio broadcast, live-event sound reinforcement, and professional recording studios. “Jim and Brian provide an exemplary case of entrepreneurial spirit present in LSU’s electrical and computer engineering graduates,” said Pratul Ajmera, interim chair, LSU Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We thank PreSonus for this significant investment that enhances our educational program and helps us produce world-class graduates competitive in the digital media and digital audio industries.” A global company, PreSonus is an active recruiter of LSU students for both internships and post-graduation employment. Currently, an estimated 16 LSU alumni are employed there, including 7 engineers. Notes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, “We are committed to supporting LSU in their efforts and believe that keeping the curricula current and in sync with industry will support the near- and long-term strategic needs of not only the university, but the community as a whole.” PreSonus Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Donations DSP Education Engineer Manufacturer PreSonus · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound. Subscribe Today!