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January 4, 2010

Silvia Mioc joins the Smart Lighting ERC as the Director of Industrial Collaborations

Dr. Silvia Mioc received her PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Her professional experience spans displays, medical devices and optical technologies, in settings ranging from academia and national labs to startups, large companies and non-profits. In addition, she has been involved in working with state, local and regulatory agencies, and has lobbied federal legislators for sustained increased funding for R&D and Math and Science Education. She speaks 5 languages, and has done business in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Mioc comes to RPI after having been with Corning, Inc. since 2006 as a Business Development Manager in the Display Future’s Emerging Markets and Technologies group. In that role, she was a key player in bringing to the corporation the understanding of the latest developments in the display industry in order to feed and support early R&D projects in the pipeline. Among other responsibilities, she led the strategic external engagement with academia and industry. She also organized complex series of events targeted at increasing the visibility of Corning Display Futures group and establishing a dialogue with key thought leaders in the industry.

Prior to Corning, Dr.Mioc spent 8 years in the medical devices industry in both technical and business development roles. She worked in Colorado for the pulse oximetry division of Datex-Ohmeda, a Finnish company that became part of GE Healthcare in 2003.

In parallel, she has been involved with the Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the environment for optical technologies in Colorado. She has been active in the organization since 2001, being its president from 2003 to 2006. She spearheaded expanding program reach to strategically exploit synergies with biotech, medical devices, nanotech and defense/homeland security sectors, and formed numerous win-win partnerships with service providers to increase member benefits. Under Silvia’s leadership, CPIA steadily grew its impact, visibility, and reach at state level, nationally and internationally. Additionally, she led the transition of the association from an all-volunteer base to employing an executive director through funding secured via a grant from the state of Colorado.

January 4, 2010

Robert Karlicek is the new director of the Smart Lighting ERC

Dr. Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., a globally-known LED industry expert has joined RPI as Professor in the Electrical, Computer and System Engineering department and Director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. Prior to joining RPI, he spent over 30 years in industrial research and R&D management positions with corporations including AT&T Bell Labs, EMCORE, General Electric, Gore Photonics, Microsemi, Luminus Devices and SolidUV. His technical experience includes epitaxial growth of high performance LEDs and lasers, advanced device fabrication and high power LED packaging, thermal management, control systems design and applications in solid state lighting as well as other novel LED uses such as IR and UV LED applications.

Dr. Karlicek is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and has over 40 published technical papers and 24 U.S. patents.

May, 2010

ERC present at the Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency in Santa Barbara, CA: Novel Applications of LEDs for Energy Savings A Systems Level View

June, 2010

Bob Karlicek, ERC Director, presented at the OIDA Green Photonics Forum, Santa Clara, CA: Smart Lighting:A Second Wave in Solid State Lighting?

August 2, 2010

Bob Karlicek, ERC Director, presented an invited talk at the SPIE Optics and Photonics in San Diego, CA: Smart Lighting: New Roles for Light in the Solid State Lighting World

August 4, 2010

Bob Karlicek, ERC Director, presented an invited talk at the Lester Eastman Conference in Troy, NY. Lighting: Past, Present and Future

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