Education Linking Scientific Discovery to Technological Innovation

The ERC Education and Outreach program will prepare "illumineers" for successful competition in the global economy. Through an emphasis on teamwork, multidisciplinary projects and multi-institutional programs, engagement with industry, research labs, domestic and international universities, K-12 schools and museums; and an increasingly diverse student body, the ERC students develop the engineering, illumination, and leadership skills needed to realize a smart lighting future.

The ERC's Education and Outreach programs provide:

  • Exceptional research opportunities based on strong fundamental science
  • Active, regular engagement with industry, research labs, domestic and international universities
  • Programs for pre-college schools, community colleges and museums
  • Commitment to an ever more diverse student body and workforce
  • Hands-on training in best practices in design, product development, entrepreneurship, and contemporary engineering tools
  • Learning experiences in creating and protecting intellectual property
  • Opportunities for making presentations to industry, academia, and government sponsors



The ERC works with
Educational Outreach Partners:

Research University Partners:

Summer Educational Programs:

  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  • This program for visiting undergraduates is an opportunity for undergrads to spend the summer participating in research being conducted at the Smart Lighting ERC.

  • Summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
  • K-12 teachers of science, math and technology can participate in a 6-week paid summer research internship and bring new curriculum back to the classroom.

  • Smart Light-Smart Power-Smart Systems

    A one-week day enrichment program with a residential option for high school students entering grades 10, 11 or 12.

  • Smart Light-Smart Power-Smart Systems Curriculum Development Program.
  • High school and middle school general science, physics, math, and technology teachers are encouraged to participate in a one-week program.