Teaching is not about filling people's heads with facts; it's about learning new ways to think about fundamental principles.
Castro Valley, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2014
Steve Thorburn, PE, LEED-AP, CTS-D, CTS-I has announced that 2014 will be his last year teaching at the InfoCOMM Conference and Trade Show, successfully completing 20 years of educational sessions. "As Fred Dixon said when I started teaching, it's time to let the next generation take the lead in providing education to the attendees," stated Thorburn.
Steve's last day of teaching will be Thursday, June 19, 2014 when he leads two sessions. The first is "AV Integration for Owners and Facility Managers" (8 to 10am); the second is "Advanced Acoustics" (2:30 to 4:30pm). With over 40,000 student hours, Thorburn said "I enjoy teaching because I like helping others understand the principles of acoustics and audiovisual technology. Teaching is not about filling people's heads with facts; it's about learning new ways to think about fundamental principles. In that sense, I get as much out of teaching as the students."
His dual degrees in electrical engineering and technical theater give Steve a balanced left brain/right brain approach to project solutions. As a founding principal of Thorburn Associates, he is a licensed engineer with over 30 years experience in the architectural application of acoustics and technology solutions. A noted author and teacher, Steve has worked on more than 2900 different projects.
In 2011, Steve was named InfoComm Educator of the Year because of "his ability to grasp complex technical concepts and explain them to audiovisual and building professionals," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., past Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "He has improved the industry's base of knowledge, and has improved the communications experience and satisfaction for countless customers."
Thorburn is a member of InfoComm Academy® senior faculty and served on the InfoComm Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC). He was a founder and former chair of the InfoComm Independent Consultants in Audiovisual Technology (ICAT) Council.
"Even though I'm retiring from teaching, I will still be engaged with InfoComm," stated Thorburn. "I'm happy to assist in whatever capacity I'm needed."
About Thorburn Associates
Thorburn Associates (TA) is a full service Acoustical Consulting, Technology Engineering, and Lighting Design firm. TA was founded in 1992 by principals who have consulted on and managed more than 2900 projects. We provide a full range of services which allow the client, architect, or end-user a single point of contact during design and construction. At TA we are both sensologists and technologists: Acoustic and lighting designs affect the senses and how someone feels within a space; Audiovisual, structured cabling, and security designs are technology-oriented and require attention to detail as well as current knowledge of the industry and where it is headed. Our team is approachable and accessible, including our principals who are highly involved with all projects. We understand that our client's satisfaction is key to our success, which is why we think holistically about our projects recommending cost effective, functional, and durable solutions. At TA, we are professionals who work hard to provide quality, innovative designs to our clients.