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Brian Chew

What is your academic/professional background prior to coming to AU?

I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2009.

Why did you choose AU, and the MA in ATEC in particular?

I was always interested in making music, but I found myself putting it off because of (engineering) school, work or whatever else was going on in my life. I decided that graduate school was the push I needed to commit to not only learning about making music, but, more importantly, becoming a practitioner. I chose AU because it is convenient to my home and office and Gaithersburg, MD, and because it has a wide range of offerings. It was a relief knowing that I could explore the different fields of music recording/production, film sound, computer music, or broadcast, and figure out which one will be right for me. It is also very convenient that classes occur weekday evenings and weekends, which allows me to keep my full-time job.

Can you describe what you are working on at your current internship/job?

I am currently a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where I examine patent applications related to Computer Task Management and Virtual Machines.



Andy Wildrick

What is your academic/professional background prior to coming to AU?

From 2002 until 2009 I was a signed recording artist with Victory records in Chicago and later, Triple Crown records in New York. This opportunity allowed me to work with many different producers in various recording studios all over the country. Additionally, I was able to perform and tour with big name artists in support of my band's album releases. In 2012 I received my BS from Kogod School of Business at AU.

Why did you choose AU, and the MA in audio technology in particular?

AU was chosen because they are clearly dedicated to the growth and success of their ATEC program. The recording facility is on par with any world class studio that I've ever been to. The studio provides a perfect environment for learning complex signal routing in both analog and digital domains. Additionally, the professors in the program have achieved high levels of music industry success and are passionate about helping students broaden their skills and knowledge. They also never hesitate to help students develop their future career goals.

Can you describe what you are working on at your current internship/job?

I'm fortunate enough to be able to work at ATEC studios while teaching in the undergrad program as an adjunct professor.


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Alums in the Field

Andros Rodriguez
(BS '01) is a freelance audio engineer in New York, where he records and mixes albums with dozen of the top recording artists in the industry including Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, !!!, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jewel, and Whitney Houson. Recent projects include albums with Madonna, Florence and the Machine and Jamie Foxx.

Eric Kenehan
(BS '04) is an editor of digital content for the hit television show, The Voice.

Nick Krill
(BS '05) is the lead singer of the Spinto Band and owner/operator of the Garden Center Studios in Wilmington, Delaware.

Max Lauer-Bader
(BA '06) director of product support for Korg, where he does beta-testing and suggest improvements to products.

Tom Gardner
(BA, '07) works as the chief engineer and studio manager at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.

Joe Sigmund
(BA '07) works as an agent at the William Morris Talent Agency in Los Angeles, CA, where he represents some of the top electronic music artists in the world.

Will Fortune
(BA '08) works as an audio engineer at Georgetown Post in Washington, DC. He worked on ads for the Obama campaign in the most recent presidential election.

Laurie Adlington
(BA '08) is the Studio Manager for Sam Jones Pictures, which does media advertising work in Los Angeles. Recent clients include Hugh Jackman and Robert Downey, Jr.

John Geraghty
(BS '11) works as a for Walters-Storyk Design Group. One his most recent projects was Alicia Keys' private studio.

Norm Robinson
(BA '12) works as post-production audio engineer for Silver Spring Studios. His most recent project is America's Most Wanted.