NMSU alumnus earns prestigious Engineering Emmy Award

At the 69th Engineering Emmy Awards in October 2017, Colin McDowell and his company, McDSP, received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development.  

“I attribute a great deal of McDSP’s success to our customers,” says McDowell, who earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from NMSU in 1991. “They not only use our products every day, but they also advocate for our company in ways I would’ve never imagined. I am grateful for their support over nearly two decades.”

McDSP was recognized for its SA-2 Dialog Processor, which improves the overall sound of recorded speech on television shows and movies, such as “Game of Thrones” on HBO and the recreated “Beauty and the Beast.” 

McDowell says the SA-2 Dialog Processor helps in music production with vocals and other instruments to prevent sudden peaks in sound not suitable for high-quality productions.

The Engineering Emmy is presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments that are so significant an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television, according to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

“Colin is an inspiration to all of our engineering students,” says College of Engineering Dean Lakshmi Reddi. “His enthusiasm is contagious, and his ability to apply engineering in liberal arts is outstanding. I am truly proud of Colin, and our staff and faculty wish him many more honors and successes.” 

Tiffany Acosta

Colin McDowell and his company, McDSP, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development.