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January 12, 2012

ERC’s Renssellaer professor Linda Schadler named Russell Sage Professor.

February 1, 2012

ERC’s Rensselaer professor and deputy director of the ERC, Partha Dutta, gives the opening keynote on the secon day of the Smart Lighting 2012 conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. He spoke about “Smart Lighting Systems Design and Applications”.

February 9, 2012

ERC’s Rensselaer professor Christian Wetzel received “Iluminating Ideas” award form DOE for “Significant Achievements In Solid State Lighting R&D 2011”. The award was given during the Department of Energy R&D Workshop in Atlanta, GA to a total of six collaborative contractors within the Department of Energy’s $114M/yr Solid State Lighting Program. RPI is the only university-based winner of the award.

February 13, 2012

“Innovating Smarter Lighting Systems and a Brighter Future at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.”

U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko delivered the keynote address to help kick off the third annual “Smart Spaces: Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Industry-Academia Days.”

February 13, 2012

Several ERC students were part of the team from Boston University selected as finalists in a $50k New Venture Competition. They will present their business plan for start-up “NexGen Arrays” to develop next-generation microarray slides that provide increased sensitivity for fluorescent assays, and allow label-free mass density measurements. Three prizes will be awarded on April 4, 2012, with first place winning $50,000. (http://www.bu.edu/itec/events/50k-competition/)

February 13 – 15, 2012

3rd Annual Smart Spaces: Smart Lighting ERC Industry – Academia Days, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

February 14, 2012

As part of the “Smart Spaces: Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Industry-Academia Days”, ERC students competed in an elevator pitch competition. The winners of this competition were Brian Frey (RPI), Fangxu Dong (RPI), John Waldron (RPI), and Michael Rahaim(BU).

February 18, 2012

Exploring Engineering day for students in grades 3-6 and their parents.

February 21, 2012

Boston University ERC students, Margo Monroe, Alex Reddington, Jacob Trueb, and Joey Greenspun were named as 1 of 10 semi-finalists in the Prize for Primary Healthcare run by CIMIT and have been awarded $10,000 to use toward the final proposal deadline of June 3rd. First prize will be $150,000, with second and third place receiving $100,000, and $50,000 respectively. (http://www.cimit.org/grants-cimitprize.html).

March 14, 2012

Director Bob Karlicek was interviewed by the BBC and is quoted in this terrific article: “LED bulbs: The end of the lightbulb as we know it

March 19, 2012

The second edition of the ERC Student Newsletter SPAM (Smart Lighting Periodic Advisory Memo) is available.

March 22, 2012

Smart Lighting ERC Industrial Speaker Series – Joseph DeNicholas, Texas Instruments: The Evolution of Electronics for Intelligent and Adaptive Lighting Systems

April 2-3, 2012

The Smart Lighting ERC is supporting the Smart Lighting Partnering Summit, in Santa Clara, CA on April 2, 2012.

April 10, 2012

The Smart Lighting Center is featured in the Business section of the The Albany Times Union.

April 21, 2012

Design Your Future Day: Eleventh grade high school girls with an interest and aptitude in math and science come to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for an exciting day of hands-on exploration in engineering, science, and technology.

July 10, 2012

Professor Christian Wetzel (RPI) presented new work on higher efficiency lighting and power device technology at Semicon West in San Francisco: “Energy efficiency and green technology with wide bandgap GaN-based epitaxy”. Energy from currently used LED’s is lost to heat through the back of the LED and/or imparted to the phosphor needed to provide the color or shade of lighting desired. The ERC is working on developing technology that would lessen the dependency on phosphors, optimizing the wavelength of the light and improve the efficiency of the LED.

September 7, 2012

The Sky Factory SkyMobile is a gallery on wheels that transforms interior spaces with illusions of nature using digital cinema virtual windows. The Sky Factory products help us visualize the ERC’s goals of combining illumination, communication and adaptive controls with video displays.

September 12, 2012

An article titled: Solid state lighting reduces energy consumption is published in the “Polytechnic”.

September 13, 2012

Sajol Ghoshal, Director, OSL Business Unit of AMS-TAOS USA presented a talk titled: Sensor-Processing Systems: A New Wave Of Environmentally Aware Lighting 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in the JEC 3117.

September 19-20, 2012

Director/Professor Bob Karlicek gave an invited talk at the “Next Generation Nanotechnology for Solar Energy and Lighting Conference”, The top of Europe, Copenhagen and Malmo.

September 19, 2012

Smart Lighting Seminar Series: Nonpolar/Semipolar III-Nitrides for High-Efficiency Visible Optoelectronics

Prof. Daniel F. Feezell, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Center for High technology Materials, University of New Mexico.

October 10, 2012

“Smart Lighting ERC Speaker Series: Ultra-Efficient Solid-State Lighting” Presented by Jeff Tsao, Sandia National Laboratories and member of the ERC’s Scientific Advisory Board

October 16, 2012

ByteLight gets $1.25 Million in Funding for “GPS-like” Indoor Positioning System

According to ByteLight’s CEO, Aaron Ganick, “ByteLight’s technology was inspired, in part, by research on advanced LED lighting applications funded by Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Boston University. By exploring how LED lighting systems could simultaneously illuminate and transmit data, we realized there was an opportunity to create additional value added services when leveraging solid state lighting.”

Sustainability at Boston University

Boston University, a core partner in the Smart Lighting ERC, is also taking steps to install LED lighting across campus as part of sustainability initiatives. Visit http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-were-doing/energy/led-lighting-retrofits/ for more information.

October 2012

Rensselaer takes first steps toward delivering the right light, when and where you need it.
Phase I of the Smart Lighting Sustainability Club project is complete with the installation of 300 LED bulbs in the DCC 2nd floor and Great Hall saving 15,000 tons of carbon emissions! View DCC Bulb Replacement Project

October 17, 2012

Lessons Learned from Internships – Four ERC Students Present. Please join us for this seminar where ERC students will share their internship experiences. Each student will briefly discuss the company, their research and how it links with the ERC work, their biggest challenges and lessons learned.

October 30 & 31, 2012

The Smart Lighting ERC will sponsor an all-day session at the Advanced Energy 2012 Conference at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York City.

November 6, 2012

Professor Karlicek delivers an invited plenary talk “Smart Lighting – More than Just Illumination” at the Ninth China International Exhibition and Forum on Solid State Lighting

November 8, 2012

Professor Karlicek will lead a workshop about Smart Lighting at the Asia Communications and Photonics Conference 2012

November 9, 2012

Congressman Paul Tonko tours the Smart Lighting Laboratories

Congressman Paul Tonko got a firsthand look at the leading-edge research and academic endeavors taking place in the Smart Lighting Laboratories. WMHT, the local public ratio station were so impressed they came back to the center to shoot a video featuring ERC labs and Dr. Karlicek.

November 11, 2012

Professor Karlicek is an Invited Speaker at The Illumination Engineering Society (IES) Annual Meeting and will give a talk titled: “Beyond Ordinary Illumination”

November 16, 2012

Dr. Majeed Hayat, Associate Director of the Center for High Technology Materials at the University of New Mexico and Smart Lighting ERC Faculty member has been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). OSA recognized Dr. Hayat “for pioneering the dead-space formulation of impact ionization and noise in avalanche photodiodes and developing non-uniformity correction algorithms for infrared sensors.” The OSA Fellow is awarded to OSA Members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics. This honor is reserved to no more than 10% of the total membership.

November 16, 2012

Rensselaer ERC student Brian Frey (Physics), took second place in the “Perfect Pitch” competition, winning a $2,000 prize at the NSF 2012 ERC Annual Meeting.

November 29, 2012

Local public television station WMHT features Smart Lighting ERC Director, Bob Karlicek in a short, 2 minute video titled: Engineering Better Lighting

November 30, 2012

Rensselaer Professor Shawn-Yu Lin Named Fellow of the AAAS.
Nano-photonics expert Shawn Yu-Lin, professor of physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a member of the university’s Future Chips Constellation and Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

December 5, 2012

Professor Christian Wetzel’s paper titled, “Fish scale terrace GaInN/GaN light-emitting diodes with enhanced light extraction” is published in Applied Physics Letters.

December 11, 2012

Professor Christian Wetzel’s paper titled, “Effects of oxygen thermal annealing treatment on formation of ohmic contacts to n-GaN” is published in Applied Physics Letters.

December 12, 2012

ERC RPI Materials Science student, Mark Durniak, is awarded a Fellowship under the Sandia National Labs “Excellence in Engineering Graduate Research Program.”

December 13, 2012

Smart Lighting Industrial Seminar Series: Dr. Ravi Bhatkal, VP Energy Technologies, APPHA, Cookson Performance Materials presents: Thermal and Electronic Interconnects in LED Packaging and Assembly.

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