09/09/2013 09:21 AM
BATON ROUGE – 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, or DSP, laboratory at LSU.
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,” commented Jim Odom, co-founder of PreSonus. “Our intention for this grant
is to assist LSU Engineering in becoming a top 10 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
“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 seven engineers.
PreSonus CEO Jim Mack said, “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.”
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, PreSonus currently has a staff of 122, with additional
offices in Ireland, Hamburg, and Hong Kong. The company is currently building a new
43,000-square-foot headquarters and R&D facility in Baton Rouge.
LSU’s Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering currently enrolls 350 undergraduate
students and 102 graduate students. During the past five years, the division has,
on average, granted more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, 25 master’s degrees, and more
than five Ph.D. degrees annually.
To support LSU through a gift to the LSU Foundation, visit www.lsufoundation.org.
Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013