A Mesa Community College student is the recipient of a $1,500 Robert Greenberg Scholarship awarded by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) to pursue an education in broadcast engineering and technology.
Mesa resident Thomas Carlisle was awarded the scholarship, which is part of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust for students who are continuing or beginning study in the broadcast engineering and technology field, according to an announcement.
Carlisle, who has been working in the broadcast field since 2004, started out as a freelance system design engineer for recording studios and post-production and broadcast facilities. His experience also includes helping design and expand Trade the News’ Squawk Box web-based subscription service.
He joined Fox News in 2012 as a broadcast maintenance assistant in the Quartermasters department and then joined NBC affiliate KPNX-TV in Phoenix to work as a broadcast maintenance engineer. He currently works as a certified broadcast television engineer at SNEAKY BIG Studios.
"With the ever-changing landscape of broadcast technology, the line between Broadcast Engineer and IT has not only blurred, it has gone away,” Carlisle said in a statement. “To be successful in this industry, a strong IT background is a necessity. Using my scholarship to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate track from MCC's Network Academy will help me to develop my skill set in Network Engineering and allow me to better control and plan the growth of our systems at SNEAKY BIG Studios."