David H. Layer
BiographyDavid Layer is vice president, advanced engineering in NAB's Technology department. David has been with NAB since 1995 and has been very active in the radio technology and standards setting area. He is the primary NAB staff person on NAB’s radio technology committee and the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC), a technical standards setting body co-sponsored by NAB and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
David’s duties within NAB are varied and broad. His current principal responsibilities include serving as a project manager for technology projects being conducted by PILOT (formerly NAB Labs), and as principal administrator of the NAB Radio Technology Committee, a group of technical executives from NAB member companies that advises NAB on technology development and technical regulatory matters. Additionally, David provides technical expertise to NAB’s Government Relations and Legal departments on regulatory and legislative matters which pertain to the broadcasting industry.
David is actively involved in NAB's technical conference planning and technical publication activities, and has been an author and contributing author for numerous technical publications, including IEEE Spectrum magazine (a leading journal of the Electrical Engineering profession), the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, and the 9th and 10th editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook, as well as the 11th edition which will be published in the summer of 2017. David is also an occasional author of NAB’s Broadcast Blog covering timely radio and TV broadcasting-related technical topics.
Outside of NAB, David is a senior member of the IEEE and is active in the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS), where he has served on the administrative committee, is a distinguished lecturer, and has been the chair or co-chair of numerous annual IEEE Broadcast Symposia (most recently in 2017). David is an associate member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) where he is currently a board member and is past chair of the AFCCE Scholarship Committee. David was the recipient of Radio World’s 2015 Excellence in Engineering Award and was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine in November 2010 as among the top ten best engineers in radio. In 2014 David received the Consumer Electronics Association Technology Leadership Award. The IEEE BTS awarded David the Matti Siukola Memorial Award for the Best Paper of the 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium.