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Dr. William D. Voiers - President and Director of Research

Ira L. Panzer - Executive Vice-President

Alan D. Sharpley - Vice-President, Evaluation Services

Dr. Don C. Teas - Principal Scientist

John N. Eddins, Jr. - Laboratory Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. William D. Voiers

President and Director of Research

 

Primary Responsibilities:

Overall technical supervision of Dynastat's research and testing operations; formulation of long-range research and development plans; develop new methods of speech evaluation.

Education:

bulletPh.D., Experimental Psychology. and Math., University of Texas, 1952
bulletAdditional course work in Biology, University of Louisville (1958-59)
bulletM.A., Psychology, Univ. of Texas, 1950
bulletB.A., Psychology, Univ. of Texas, 1948
bulletGinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, 1940-43

Previous Positions:

bulletSenior Scientist, TRACOR, Inc., Austin, TX 1967-1974
bulletHead, Speech and Hearing Research, Sperry Rand Research Center, Sudbury, MA, 1962-1967
bulletSenior Engineer-Scientist, Texas Instruments, Dallas,TX, 1960-1962
bulletAssistant Professor of Psychology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1956-1960
bulletResearch Scientist, George Washington University, Human Resources Research Organization, Ft. Knox, KY, 1955-1956
bulletResearch Psychologist, Combat Crew Research Laboratory, AFPTRC, Randolph AFB, TX 1951-1955
bulletTeaching Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, TX 1949-1950

Primary Areas of Competence and Interest:

bulletSpeech perception and communication: Perceptual bases of speech intelligibility, speech acceptability and speaker recognizability
bulletMethods of evaluating speech intelligibility, speech acceptability and speaker recognizability in communication systems
bulletStatistics and experimental design
bulletScaling and classification techniques
bulletPhylogenetics, ecology, and behavior of fishes

Professional Affiliations:

bulletAcoustical Society of America
bulletInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
bulletAmerican Psychological Association (Emeritus)
bulletAmerican Psychological Society (Charter)
bulletAmerican Speech and Hearing Association
bulletClassification Society of North America
bulletAmerican Soc. of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
bulletSoutheastern Fishes Council
bulletInternational Society for Behavioral Ecology
bulletAnimal Behavior Society
bulletWilli Hennig Society

 

Ira L. Panzer

Executive Vice-President

 

Primary Responsibilities:

Administration and financial-management; technical consultation on engineering and computational aspects of Dynastat's research and testing operations; personnel management

 

Education:

bulletM.S., Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, 1974
bulletCertified Public Accountant, 1981
bulletB.S., Electrical Engineering (with honors), The University of Texas at Austin, 1972

Previous Positions:

bulletManagement Analyst, State of Texas, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Office of Budget and Evaluation (part-time), (1977-79)
bulletEngineer/Scientist I, Sensory Communication Systems Department, Science and Systems Group, TRACOR , Inc. (1973-74)

Areas of Primary Competence and Interest:

bulletScientific Management and Administration
bulletSpeech Communication
bulletEvaluation of Voice-Communications Systems

Professional Affiliations:

bulletAcoustical Society of America
bulletInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
bulletAmerican Speech and Hearing Association
bulletEuropean Speech Communication Association

 

Alan D. Sharpley

Vice President, Evaluation Services

 

Primary Responsibilities:

Develop programs for scoring and statistical analyses of speech-test data, supervise speech-data processing and analyses, conduct research to improve methods of speech-data collection and analyses

Education:

bulletM.A., Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1970
bulletAdditional course work in statistics and experimental design, U. T., Austin, 1970-72
bulletB.A., Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1968

Previous Positions:

bulletScientist/Engineer I, Sensory Communication Systems Department, Sciences and Systems Group, TRACOR, Inc. 1968-1974
bulletGraduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, 1970-72
bulletGraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, 1972-73

Areas of Primary Competence and Interest:

bulletSpeech perception and communication
bulletStatistics and experimental design
bulletPrograms for retrieving, scoring, and analyzing speech-response data

Professional Affiliations:

bulletAcoustical Society of America

 

Dr. Don C. Teas

Principal Scientist

 

Primary Responsibilities:

Conducts research program in virtual source sound localization. Carried out Phase I study of acoustic icons presented in 3D virtual space.

Education:

bulletPh.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Texas, 1954
bulletM.A., Experimental Psychology, Univ. of Texas, 1951
bulletB.A., Psychology, Univ. of Texas, 1950
bulletSpecialized Training: Communication Biophysics Lab., Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT (Jan.1961-Aug. 1962)
bulletSpecialized Training: Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO (Jun. 1958 -Dec. 1961)

Previous Positions:

bulletSenior Lecturer, Dept. of Speech Communication, Univ. of Texas (1993-1994)
bulletSenior Research Scientist, Krug Life Sciences, San Antonio, TX (1989-1992)
bulletVisiting Professor, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, TX (1988-1989)
bulletVisting Professor, Directorate of Life Sciences, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Bolling AFB, DC (1987-1988)
bulletProfessor, Dept. of Psychology and Speech, Univ. of Florida, Gainseville, FL (1968-1989)
bulletAsst.to Assoc. Research Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (1962- 1967)

Primary Areas of Competence and Interest:

Psychological and physiological processing of acoustic stimuli, with particular experience in study of cochlear processing and physiological recording of neural responses. Recent study of orientation using acoustic signals.

Professional Affiliations:

bulletAcoustical Society of America
bulletAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)
 

 

John N. Eddins, Jr.

Laboratory Manager

Primary Responsibilities:

Laboratory and facilities design and maintenance, administration of listener crew, listener data collection.

Education:

bulletCoursework in Electrical Engineering; Radio, Television, and Film at The University of Texas at Austin, 1969-1973.

Previous Positions:

bulletResearch Engineering Assistant, Sensory Communication Systems Department, Sciences and Systems Group, TRACOR, Inc., 1968-1974
bulletChief Laboratory Technician, Dynastat, Inc., 1974-1976
bulletGeneral Manager, KMFA-FM, Capitol Broadcasting Assn., Inc., 1976-1996
bulletOwner, An Occasional Announcement, 1996-1997
bulletStaff Accountant, Frank Melvin & Company, CPAs, 1997-1998

Areas of Primary Competence and Interest:

bulletLaboratory and recording/broadcast studio and design and configuration
bulletDigital and analog recording mastering and editing
bulletComputer network administration

Professional Affiliations:

bulletAudio Engineering Society