David Layer is Vice President, Advanced Engineering in NAB's Technology department and in his 28th year at NAB. Educated as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Maryland and Purdue University in Indiana, David worked as a hardware designer for COMSAT Laboratories in the earlier part of his career, focusing on digital communications technologies for geosynchronous satellite systems.
When radio broadcasting started going digital in the latter part of the 1990s, David was hired by NAB to apply his digital communications expertise to the testing and standardization of broadcast radio technologies including digital audio broadcasting and data transmission over digital FM subcarriers. As an administrator of the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC, co-sponsored by NAB and the Consumer Technology Association), David participated in the evaluation of the HD Radio system which would be adopted by the FCC in 2002 as the digital radio standard for the US.
These days, David’s principal responsibilities include serving as a project manager for technology projects being conducted by PILOT (NAB’s innovation initiative), and as principal administrator of the NAB Radio Technology Committee, a group of technical executives from NAB member companies that advises NAB on technology development and technical regulatory matters. David also provides technical support to NAB’s efforts at the FCC and on Capitol Hill.
David is actively involved in NAB's technical conference planning and technical publication activities, and has been an author and contributing author for numerous technical publications, including IEEE Spectrum magazine (a leading journal of the Electrical Engineering profession), the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, and the 9th, 10th and 11th editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook. David is an occasional author of NAB’s Broadcast Blog covering timely radio and TV broadcasting-related technical topics.
Currently, David is the immediate past chairman of the RadioDNS Steering Board and is the NAB representative to the RDS Forum. He is also vice-chair of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) Radio Committee. David is a senior member of the IEEE and is active in the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS), where he’s served multiple terms as a board member on the administrative committee, is a distinguished lecturer, and has been the chair or co-chair of numerous annual IEEE Broadcast Symposia (most recently in 2017). David is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) where he is a past board member and past chair of the AFCCE Scholarship Committee.
David was the recipient of Radio World’s 2015 Excellence in Engineering Award and was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine in November 2010 as among the top ten best engineers in radio. In 2014 David received the Consumer Electronics Association Technology Leadership Award. The IEEE BTS awarded David the Matti Siukola Memorial Award for the Best Paper of both the 2014 and 2018 IEEE Broadcast Symposia.
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