Friday, April 19, 2024

2014 Marks Final Year For Steve Thorburn Courses at InfoCOMM

[quote]Even though I’m retiring from teaching, I will still be engaged with InfoComm” stated Thorburn.  “I’m happy to assist in whatever capacity I’m needed.” — Steve Thorburn[/quote]

Castro Valley, CA, USA — Steve Thorburn, PE, LEED-AP, CTS-D, CTS-I has announced that 2014 will be his last year teaching at the InfoCOMM Conference and Trade Show, successfully completing 20 years of educational sessions.  “As Fred Dixon said when I started teaching, it’s time to let the next generation take the lead in providing education to the attendees” stated Thorburn.

Steve’s last day of teaching will be Thursday, June 19, 2014 when he leads two sessions.  The first is “AV Integration for Owners and Facility Managers” (8 to 10am); the second is “Advanced Acoustics” (2:30 to 4:30pm).  With over 40,000 student hours, Thorburn said “I enjoy teaching because I like helping others understand the principles of acoustics and audiovisual technology.  Teaching is not about filling people’s heads with facts; it’s about learning new ways to think about fundamental principles.  In that sense, I get as much out of teaching as the students.”

His dual degrees in electrical engineering and technical theater give Steve a balanced left brain/right brain approach to project solutions.  As a founding principal of Thorburn Associates, he is a licensed engineer with over 30 years experience in the architectural application of acoustics and technology solutions. A noted author and teacher, Steve has worked on more than 2900 different projects.

In 2011, Steve was named InfoComm Educator of the Year because of “his ability to grasp complex technical concepts and explain them to audiovisual and building professionals,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., past Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International.  “He has improved the industry’s base of knowledge, and has improved the communications experience and satisfaction for countless customers.”

Thorburn is a member of InfoComm Academy senior faculty and served on the InfoComm Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC).  He was a founder and former chair of the InfoComm Independent Consultants in Audiovisual Technology (ICAT) Council.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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