Date: 6/30/2021


Exploring the complex relationship between audio systems, the environments they are used in and the expectations people have on them. When do you cross the line from electronics to “bricks and mortar”? 

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Audio conferencing systems and audio equipment in collaboration spaces are evolving rapidly to support remote and hybrid workforces. Audio engineers, audiovisual systems designers, and integrators can enhance their knowledge of audio technologies and trends in AVIXA’s Audio Power Hour. Learn more about the Audio Power Hour series. 


Basel H. Jurdy
Principal and Discipline Lead for Acoustics 

  • Basel Jurdy has worked professionally in mechanical equipment noise and vibration control, architectural acoustics, and environmental noise assessment for more than 30 years. 
  • In 1989 he received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
  • In 1987 he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University.
  • An active member of the Acoustical Society of America.
  • Basel is responsible for acoustical design work in specialized office environments, high technology, healthcare, research, education, performing arts centers, mixed-use buildings, libraries, and industrial facilities for Stantec.  
  • A world-class expert on acoustical design, Basel speaks regularly on the subject. 
  • Dynamic project leader and a natural mentor, Basel believes that acoustic design creates an auditory signature that marries architecture with function – invoking a sensory experience and emotional response that connects people to the place.

Rodrigo Sanchez-Pizani
Audio Visual Solutions Manager
Kings College London

  • Rodrigo was born in Cambridge, UK, and grew up in Caracas Venezuela.
  • He started his career in audio working as a sound operator for an audio dubbing company and as a part-time support AV technician for the Multimedia Lab at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Over the years he navigated through the industry and worked in broadcast, integration, live sound, and AV professional system design until he moved to the UK in 2005. 
  • His family has always been involved in teaching and university, and as such higher education became second nature to him. He was lucky enough to combine the two things that he loved, higher education and sound engineering, when he moved back to the UK,  where he has been working in AV for King’s College London, first in operation and now in solutions.
  • He has always been passionate, not just about operating the consoles and creating sounds, but about the impact that this has on peoples’ lives, i.e. what is behind the noise. As such, he decided to go back to university to undertake an MSc in environmental acoustics in 2014, where he focused his final research project on speech intelligibility in higher education for non-native students. As he liked the research environment, he has now enrolled in a longer research project for a Ph.D. in speech intelligibility and audio quality using neural networks.
  • His current job at Kings College London is leading the team that designs new Audio Visual Solutions to be used by the university. 
  • He volunteers with AVIXA's Standard Steering Committee as well as other voluntary organizations. 

Dominik Schenke
Consultant for Room- and Electro-Acoustics  
Graner+Partner Ingenieure GmbH

  • Born in 1984 in Aachen, Germany.
  • Started playing Violoncello at the age of 7, played in several orchestras.
  • Strongly interested in the connection between music, sound, and technology.
  • Study of AV Technology at University Bonn-Rhein-Sieg 2004-2008, specialized on Room- and Electro-Acoustics.
  • Freelance Sound Engineer from 2005 until now (Deutschlandfunk, ZDF, Kölner Dom-Musik).
  • Consultant for Room- and Electro-Acoustics at Graner+Partner Ingenieure GmbH from 2008 until now.
  • Lectureship for Room- and Electro-Acoustics at University Bonn-Rhein-Sieg 2012 - 2015.

Merlijn van Veen
Senior Technical Support & Education Specialist   
Meyer Sound

  • After studying studio recording and jazz piano at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Merlijn started his career at the Dutch Broadcast Company doing sound engineering for TV shows such as “Big Brother.” 
  • He also worked 10 years at Harlekijn Holland where he annually mixed more than 150 live performances throughout Europe and internationally before deciding to start his own education program in gratitude for the willingness of others to share their knowledge and experience.
  • He has developed several calculators to aid in the process of teaching including the Subwoofer Array Designer. 
  • Until recently, he was also principal/teacher for sound reinforcement at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague for the "Art of Sound" under- and post-graduate program.
  • Merlijn is the moderator of the "test & measurement" board of the ProSoundWeb LAB forums. 
  • He provided ongoing aid and support to the 3rd edition of Bob McCarthy’s book “Sound Systems: Design & Optimization.” 
  • Merlijn’s articles are published regularly in Live Sound International magazine.
  • Based in Germany, Merlijn joined Meyer Sound’s global education leadership team in 2018. 
  • Merlijn hosts education webinars and roundtable discussions as well as does design work.


Sarabeth Mullins CTS
Doctoral Student - Acoustics and Acoustic Heritage of Notre Dame
Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert

  • Sarabeth Mullins, CTS, is a doctoral student at the Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert, where she studies acoustics and acoustic heritage of Notre Dame.  
  • She has three years prior experience in acoustic and audiovisual consulting and is a member of the 2021 Class of SCN: The Nine.