Will Pirkle

Associate Professor and Program Director, Music Engineering

<Pirkle,-William-240x320Will Pirkle is an assistant professor and program director of Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He was previously a senior digital audio consultant for Tritone Systems, Inc., XM Satellite Radio division, providing architecture and algorithm design for dynamic processors, mixed signal hardware design, product audio specification limits, software for automated analog and digital testing, headphone power analysis and frequency response, loudspeaker enclosure design and testing, and software test engineering for a patented asynchronous digital audio transmission link with automatic sample rate conversion. He has also consulted with other leading firms including Diamond Multimedia, Zarg Software Synthesizers, Gibson Musical Instruments, Korg Research and Development, K & S Associates, M-Audio, Stick Enterprises, EX2 Mobile Audio, and As Is Entertainment. As a composer, Prikle has written the soundtracks for SpongeBob Square Pants and Square Pants IIJimmy Neutron computer games; SpeigelMeyer, as well as several independent films. A guitarist, Pirkle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Music in Music Engineering Technology, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Christopher L. Bennett

Research Assistant Professor

Bennett,-Christopher-240x320Assistant Professor in the Music Engineering Technology program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Currently, he teaches classes in Psychoacoustics, Transducer Theory, Audio Signal Processing, and iOS Audio Programming. Dr. Bennett is working with faculty and students on a funded inter-disciplinary research project in collaboration with the UM Department of Physical Therapy and Miami VA Hospital, investigating the impact of patent pending auditory biofeedback technology to improve rehabilitation. He has most recently completed postdoctoral research at the UM Miller School of Medicine investigating audible medical alarms in simulated clinical settings to improve patient outcomes. Other areas of research interest include the human auditory system and psychoacoustics. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Audio Engineering Society, IEEE and other notable associations and is published in such journals as the J. Acoustical Society of America, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and the J. Audio Engineering Society. Before his professional appointments he earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, with a concentration in hearing science, a M.S. in Music Engineering Technology, and a B.S.E.E. in Audio Engineering.

Joseph S. Abbati

Lecturer, Music Engineering

Studio Director, Contemporary Media Performance
Abbati,-Joseph-240x320Joe Abbati is a lecturer in the Department of Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he also teaches in the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program. He is an artist/engineer with extensive experience in audio production, media technologies and interactivity. Joe has spent his professional and academic career squaring the circle of arts and technology. An alumnus of the Music Engineering program, he worked for several years in the software/game development industry. With more that 35 published titles on his resume, Joe has worked in roles of sound designer, composer, programmer, VO engineer, audio director and producer. Joe is also the director of the Contemporary Media Performance studio. CMP is part of the CAM department at Frost and has the focus of fusing traditional musical performance training with various styles of electronic music production. In addition to teaching, Joe stays active in scoring/sound design for games, electronic music production/performance and installation art featuring interactive media.

Dana Salminen

Head of Production Services

Salminen, Dana-2-240x320Dana Salminen is a lecturer for the Music Engineering Program (MuE) at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.