York academic elected as Audio Engineering Society’s first female chair

Posted on 12 March 2018

Dr Mariana Lopez makes AES history

Last month, the Audio Engineering Society made history when it elected Dr Mariana Lopez (Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, York) as its first female Chair in the UK. Mariana has served in various positions in the AES throughout the years, starting as a Graduate Student Rep when she was a PhD Student at York, before moving on to Chair the Cambridge Regional Section and then the AES British section Vice-Chair position.

The Audio Engineering Society is the foremost international organisation dedicated to the field of audio engineering. It was founded in 1948 and since then has been providing the industry with a world-wide framework for the advancement of both the science and art of audio.

Dr Lopez said: "Audio engineering is a male-dominated field and having the chance of showcasing the wonderful contributions of women in the field of audio was one of my main motivations to becoming involved. I'm honoured at having become the Chair of the AES but also sad to know that there haven't been any female engineers in this position before, and it's been almost 50 years! This tells me there's lots of work for us to do in the field of gender equality."

"As part of my role I have worked on aligning the AES to the HeForShe United Nations campaign on gender equality. As part of the campaign we invite the audio community to be part of discussions on equality so as to allow us to move forward towards a more inclusive field."

The British Section of the AES opened in 1970 and is the oldest section outside the US, and has since its opening been organising monthly events and meetings of audio professionals and students.