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Katzmann appointed engineering head at NLS

For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2005
Contact: Robert E. Fistick
(202) 707-9279 or

Michael G. Katzmann, who holds a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and who has led programs to develop Emmy award-winning technologies in sports broadcasting, has been appointed head of the Engineering Section at NLS effective February 14. He will have the responsibility for assisting in implementing the transformation from an analog-based audio system to a digital one by 2008.

"Katzmann will be intimately involved in designing the new system—which is the next generation player, the flash memory cartridge, and the mailing container," said Frank Kurt Cylke, NLS director.

Katzmann brings an extensive background in engineering and technology. As the chief engineer of Broadcast Sports Technology, he contributed to the design and implementation of remote-controlled wireless camera systems for the America's Cup races, point-of-view cameras used during the Olympic games, and wireless systems used in NASA space shuttles. Katzmann led the engineering team that developed the equipment, techniques, and operational procedures that are now the industry standard.

"Katzmann brings an energy, knowledge base, and track record for developing new technologies that will be highly useful at NLS," said Michael Moodie, NLS deputy director. "And he knows about building durable devices."

Katzmann's focus will be on maintaining the complete operation of the current C-1 cassette machine through the transition to digital media and assisting with the design and development of the new digital talking-book player system. "I'm looking forward to applying my talents and experience to the mission of NLS, and, in particular the development of state-of-the- art electronics for the digital talking-book program," said Katzmann.

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