AREAS OF EXPERTISE

As a founder of Thorburn Associates, Steve has served as project man­ager and consultant on over 2900 different projects. He is active in projects that require acoustical consulting, technology system engineering, and lighting design services.

His dual degrees from Michigan Technological University in theatre design and electrical engineering enable him to coordinate technical requirements involved in the construction bid process with practical issues re­quired by the end-users.

His projects have included performing arts centers, recording facili­ties, entertainment facilities, presentation and conference facilities, government and university buildings, film and video stu­dios, luxury hotels, libraries, churches, and medical facilities.

Mr. Thorburn was responsible for developing the International Communications Indus­tries Association’s Design Consult­ant’s Coun­cil. He regularly attends conferenc­es, trade shows, and product exhibitions that allow him to recommend the most cost-effective yet functional products to meet his client’s needs. Manufac­turers often ask for his input on the ‘next generation’ of system components.

PUBLICATIONS and LEC­TURES

Mr. Thorburn frequently teaches seminars and lectures on both acoustical consulting and audiovisual system design. Recent topics include:

  • Planning for Classroom Technology
  • Presentation Facilities Design
  • Surviving the Construction Process
  • Acoustics in Architecture

He is also a regular contributor to industry publication, Systems Contractor News.

EDUCATION

Michigan Technological University

B.S.    Electrical Engineering, Major:   Electroacoustics

B.S.    Liberal Arts, Major:   Theatre and Lighting Design

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

Mr. Thorburn is a Registered Engineer in 22 states.

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS

  • ICIA:  Certified Technology Specialist, Design and Installation
  • USGBC:   LEED AP

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Acoustical Society of America
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Audio Engineering Society
  • InfoCOMM
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • National Council Acoustical Con­sultants
  • National Society of Professional Engi­neers