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March 1, 2015

Center Director/Professor Bob Karlicek (RPI) attended Strategies in Light 2015 in Las Vegas and was an invited workshop panelist for “Human-Centric Lighting.” A blog post on Scientific Seen titled “Human-Centric Lighting: The Real Work Begins”, quotes Prof. Karlicek, cites the ERC work in this area, and provides a terrific synopsis of the panel discussion.

February 8, 2015

An article published in The Schenectady Daily Gazette titled Advances in Lighting will be among Changes-The Daily GazetteSunday features quotes (and a photograph) from ERC Center Director Bob Karlicek.

February 4, 2015

“Solid-State Lighting: Toward Smart and Ultra-Efficient” has been selected for the Best of Advanced Optical Materials 2014 Edition, co-authored by ERC Director Bob Karlicek.

November 13, 2014

Smart Lighting ERC Director Bob Karlicek presents “Lighting Systems that Think – Towards Autonomous Lighting Optimization and Control” at the 2014 Holst Symposium, organized by Philips Research and held at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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Michael Deagen wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Deagen_Michael-SQ500First year ERC graduate student Michael Deagen (Material Science Engineering (MSE), RPI) is among the winners of the prestigious 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSFGRFP) competition. The GRFP offers awards directly to graduate students selected through a national competition, and provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period.

Deagen, co-advised by Professors Chaitanya Ullal and Linda Schadler, works on advanced secondary optics for multi-color LED systems. The Department of energy estimates that by 2027 such LEDs could save the equivalent annual output of 44 large electric power plants. Michael hopes to understand at a fundamental level the propagation of visible light through 3-D mesoscopic periodic structures and how to efficiently fabricate these structures. Working at Rensselaer enables Michael to synergistically leverage the strengths of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center as well as the expertise of the Ullal and Schadler groups in the Materials Science Engineering Department.

Daniel Feezell wins NSF Career Award

Feezell_Daniel-SQ361University of New Mexico professor and ERC thrust leader Daniel Feezell wins a prestigious $500,000 NSF Career Award titled: “Short-Wavelength Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser Arrays Using Nonpolar and Semipolar GaN”.

Richard Radke named “20 Under 40″ most influential young engineering faculty

Radke_Rich-SQ250Rensselaer professor and ERC thrust leader Richard Radke is named as one of “20 Under 40″ of the most influential young engineering faculty in the country by ASEE Prism Magazine.  Read the full article…

Director’s Blog

From the Director, March 1, 2015

As you all know, here at the Smart Lighting ERC, we’ve pushed the vision that future lighting systems will be radically different: informative, immersive, sensory, integrated (to everything).  Industry is rapidly adopting our views, but most of it is just talk so far – we still have a lot of […]