William Oliver--Singing Tree Audio Design

Will Oliver joins the Brain Opera Group as a graduate research assistant whose projects include The Forest Singing Tree and the Baton and as Technical Director of the Hyperstring concert. Will's interest in the Brain Opera is really his own interest in music, technology, and novel technology policy. Will studied voice and sound recording technology for two years at SUNY Fredonia while gigging with the locally world-famous Generic Band. In 1991, Will moved to the University of Rochester and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1995 with a B.A. in Japanese and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Will was a finalist in the Eighth National Speech Contest in Japanese (1993), and he has spent three years in Japan as a Rotary H.S. exchange student (1986), a Monbusho Scholar at Nagoya University (1994), and an intern with Kanazawa University, Sony Corporation, and General Motors Japan. Will's work in Japan as a Monbusho Scholar resulted in three publications in Japanese, including "Choudendou to sono Kokusai Kyouryoku" ("Superconductivity and its International Cooperation"), for which Will was elected to the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team. Will is affiliated with Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, and he is a student member of the NSPE and IEEE. Will is currently a first year graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on a NDSEG Fellowship. His interests are in high speed phenomena, DSP, and international technology policy. In his spare time, Will's hobbies include wine making, composing music, and playing out live.