April 24, 2009

If you have ever dreamed of becoming a successful entrepreneur at a young age, you need only to look to Leo "Jim" Odom for inspiration. Odom, LSU 1992 electrical engineering graduate, recently returned to campus to lead others on his path to success.

Odom and his executive team recently addressed electrical and computer engineering students, provided them with a demonstration of their products, and explained how his education was instrumental in the development of equipment. The presentation entitled, "Designing Killer Products with Modern DSP," explained the workings of his new digital audio mixer, the StudioLive 1642. Odom and his team described how the ground-breaking product functions and interfaces with today's PC. They also explored the technical side of digital signal processing (DSP) and its importance in their line of work.

Combining his academic training in electronics and DSP, with his experience and love of music, Odom established PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. in 1995. A company with its start in Odom's garage, PreSonus is now headquartered at Baton Rouge's Bon Carre Technology Park and employs over 65 individuals, several of whom are fellow LSU alumni. Odom has assembled a team of engineers and music enthusiasts, including 1991 LSU electrical engineering graduate Brian Smith, who co-founded PreSonus with Odom and is currently vice president of engineering. With plants and laboratories in China and Germany, the global multimillion-dollar manufacturing company develops audio products for musicians worldwide.

In addition to his title of founder and president, the PreSonus owner adds musician, producer and engineer to his list of credits. As a member of "Louisiana LeRoux," a band known for the popular song New Orleans Ladies, Odom was credited with two gold records and one platinum record. Recognized by the Baton Rouge Business Report as a "Top 40 Under 40," Odom has been acknowledged for his extraordinary accomplishments and entrepreneurial skills.

Article by Tammy Abshire, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5478, tvabshire@lsu.edu



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