The Senate of Vilnius University, Lithuania, unanimously voted ERC Professor Michael Shur, (RPI) as an honorable professor of Vilnius University. Collaborating professor Gintas Tamulaitis from Vilnius said “There was no doubt about it. Nobody else made such a strong direct impact to research at our university as you. Thank you once again.”
Bob Karlicek, (Center Director) talks about how lighting can be improved by using the ‘Internet of Things’ in an article and video published by the Albany Times Union. Robotic and sensor-enabled lighting systems will one day sense who is in a room and exactly how much light they need, depending on their specific activity. These lights could also be used to “see” or sense people who might be having medical emergencies using infrared technology without using cameras or invading privacy in places like hospitals, nursing homes and schools.
“We draw an analogy to the Google car,” Karlicek said. “Done properly, it will be safer, it will save fuel, and it will be better for people. And that’s what we want to do with lighting.”
Smart Lighting ERC PhD Student Mottaleb Hossain (University of New Mexico) has been selected to receive the 2015 IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Award.
Professor Thomas D.C. Little (Boston University) co-authored a guest editorial published in the April 2015 issue of IEEE Wireless Communications focused on Visible Light Communications.
First 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.
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.
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.
University 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”.
Rensselaer 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…