President of Engineering at Fox Speaks

Andrew G. Setos '71, President of Engineering for Fox Group, will deliver the Magill Lecture in Science, Technology and the Arts, speaking on "The Intersection of Art and Technology" on Saturday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. in the C.P. Davis Auditorium of the Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research. The Dean's Day lecture is part of Reunion Weekend, which will be celebrated from Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1.

Mr. Setos will use an historical perspective as a lens to explore recent and personal experiences of the intersection of art and technology and will discuss the possibility of new opportunities for art and technology synergy in the future. "Over all time, as distant as tens of thousands of years ago, people have harnessed technology to document, entertain, and inform," says Mr. Setos, "and the passion and message of the artist has found expression utilizing the technology of the day. One begins to see that art and technology form a symbiotic relationship where one inspires the other to ever-loftier heights."
 
To sign up to attend this lecture, which is free of charge, go to:http://www.engineering.columbia.edu/overview-pages/alumni/reunion_2008/index.html and click on the drop-down box on the right to select your class year. For questions about Dean's Day or Reunion, contact Leah Blalock by e-mail at lb2547@columbia.edu or by phone at 212-854-6370.
 
Mr. Setos, who was an electrical engineering major at SEAS, was named President of Engineering for the Fox Group in 2002. In this role, he serves as senior technology strategist for the company with oversight of engineering for Fox divisions, including all film and television units. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Setos was Senior Vice President, Broadcast Operations & Engineering for Fox Television and Executive Vice President of the News Technology Group. He continues to have oversight of the Fox Technology Group and Fox Networks Engineering and Operations.
 
During his tenure at Fox, he has designed and built several state-of-the-art motion picture and television production and distribution facilities. In the digital sector, he has also been responsible for important contributions in the area of copyright protection including co-authoring the Broadcast Flag, new media, such as the Blu-ray disc and pioneering use of high bandwidth fiber optic circuits for sports and news carriage.
 
Prior to joining Fox, Mr. Setos was Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations at Viacom Networks Group, from 1986 to 1988, and Vice President Engineering and Operations at Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company from 1980 to 1986. At these companies, Mr. Setos was responsible for development and execution of production and distribution technology for: MTV, MTV Europe, The Movie Channel, Nickelodeon, and Viewers Choice.Before entering the cable industry, he was Chief Engineer at WNET/Thirteen New York where he was responsible for planning and supervising the production technologies for such award-winning series as "Live from Lincoln Center," "Dance in America," and "The McNeil/Lehrer News Hour."
 
A fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Mr. Setos has been a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee's executive board and the FCC's Technology Advisory Committee. He is also a past Chairman of the University of Southern California's Entertainment Technology Council.

 

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