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2015 News

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…

September 23, 2014

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…

November 7, 2014

Two ERC students advised by Dr. Kofi Nyarko from Morgan State University showcase their work on Visible Light Communication at the White House’s first ever Maker Faire. Read more…

November 6-8, 2014

Smart Lighting ERC Director Bob Karlicek is the International Chairman of the 11th China International Forum on Solid State Lighting, and will be presenting an invited talk at the conference, to be held in Guangzhou, China on Nov. 6-8, 2014. The focus of the conference is the “Application of Lighting in the Internet Era.”

October 25, 2014

Two ERC graduate students, Mark Durniak and Sagar Ray were selected to be honored as Founders Award of Excellence recipients at Rensselaer’s 21st Annual Honors Convocation on October 25, 2014. The Founders Award is given to only 1% of RPI students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer.

October 9, 2014

Smart Lighting ERC Director Bob Karlicek is an invited panelist for a discussion of smart lighting systems and the industrial internet at GE’s Minds and Machines 2014 Conference.

October 2, 2014

Tessa Pocock, ERC Senior Research Scientist, gives an invited talk titled “Trip the Light Fantastic” for the Biology Department’s Research Seminar Program at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

September, 2014

ERC Graduate Student Octavio Perez was awarded a Scholarship of $1,250 to attend the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America’s 2014 Annual Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, PA.

September 22-24, 2014

The Smart Lighting ERC is a sponsor/exhibitor at the SSL Ecosystem 2014: Lighting in the Information Ageconference, September 22-24, 2014 in Cambridge Massachusetts. Boston University ERC Students will also give special demonstrations on “Visible Light Communications Using LED Luminaires”

September, 2014

University of New Mexico ERC student, Mottaleb Hossain was appointed as the Associate Vice President of the student membership by the IEEE Photonics Society for 2014-2015. Mottaleb will work with the Society to empower students to become effective leaders and active community members within the Society and the photonics community at large.

September 10, 2014

The Smart Lighting ERC hosted a reception celebrating a generous donation of a cutting-edge oscilloscope from Keysight Technologies Inc. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Low Center for Industrial Innovation, Room 7003.


August 19, 2014

Smart Lighting professor and associate director Thomas D.C. Little is invited to speak at the founding conference for Visible Light Communication in China on August 27-28, 2014.

August 10, 2014

Smart Lighting director Bob Karlicek is quoted in NewScientist Magazine about the applications of advanced sensing systems in Street Lighting.

August 4, 2014

The Smart Lighting ERC hosts Dr. Shiv Kalyanaraman, Chief Scientist with IBM Research Australia for his presentation titled,Energy meets Smarter Transportation: The Energy-Transportation Nexus & Personalized Public Transportation.

July 29-30, 2014

Smart Lighting ERC Center Director Bob Karlicek gave an invited talk at the Design Lights Consortium Stakeholder Meeting In San Diego, CA and participated in a panel discussion about the future of Solid State Lighting.

July, 2014

Dr. Tessa Pocock, Sr. Research Scientist in the ERC was accepted as a member in the Illuminating Engineering Society and was asked to serve on the Photobiology Committee. Professor George Brainard of Thomas Jefferson University and a collaborating partner in the ERC also serves on the committee that is tasked with evaluating and interpreting data and other information on the biological effects of radiant energy and advises the Board on matters pertaining to photobiological projects.

July 28-29, 2014

Dr. Tessa Pocock, Sr. Research Scientist in the ERC will participate in a roundtable discussion on the Standardization of LED Lighting for Horticultural Applications as well as present “The impact of LED lighting on specialty crops” at a colloquy at the 2014 American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference held in Orlando, FL.

May, 2014

Md Mottaleb Hossain, ERC Graduate Student from UNM was awarded a prestigious 2014 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship in the amount of $2000 for his contribution to the Optics and Photonics community. In 2014 SPIE awarded $353,000 in education and travel scholarships to 144 outstanding individuals from around the world, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline.

May 7-8, 2014

ERC Director Bob Karlicek gives a presentation titled “How Smart Should Smart Lighting Systems Be?” at the Smart Lighting 2014 conference to be held on May 7-8, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain. The Smart Lighting ERC was also an exhibitor at the conference.

April 22, 2014

Smart Lighting ERC Graduate Students Anqing Liu and Octavio Perez received a third place award for their entry titled “Controlled Environmental Architecture LED Lighting System, New Metrics” at the 2014 Earth Day Event & Student Competitionheld at RIT in Rochester, NY. The event was sponsored by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

April 1, 2014

Four new companies joined as industrial members of the ERC: Vivonics, Thermal Solution Resources, Pixelligent, and Edison Price.

March 20, 2014

RPI graduate student Kumar Modepalli received the best presentation award at the 29th IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference(APEC) for his paper titled “Single stage dual purpose off-line HB- LED drivers for Illumination and Visible Light Communication”. The award included an appreciation certificate from IEEE and award of $100. This conference was held March 16- 20,2014 at Fort Worth, Texas

March 20, 2014

RPI graduate student Mark Durniak will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship award by the Eastern NY Chapter of ASM International at their March dinner meeting.

March 16, 2014

RPI graduate student Mark Durniak is one of three recipients of the 2013 Electronic Materials Conference Best Student Presentation Award for his presentation “Cubic GaN Templates for LED Applications”. The award, accompanied by a monetary prize of $500, will be presented at the 2014 EMC Meeting, which takes place at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA on June 25-27, 2014.

March 8, 2014

Dr. Tessa Pocock joins the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center to expand Smart Lighting to Horticulture and Plant Physiology Research.

March 1, 2014

ERC Professor Thomas Little of Boston University is interviewed for (and pictured in) an article titled, “Optical Wireless Communications-The New Hot Spot” in the March 2014 issue of Optics and Photonics News.

Feb 25-27, 2014

At “Strategies in Light 2014” in Santa Clara California, the ERC is an exhibitor and Director Bob Karlicek moderates a panel discussion titled, “Smart Lighting and the Semiconductor Industry“.

February 12-13, 2014

ERC hosted Smart Spaces: 5th Annual Industry-Academia Days

January 2014

“Going Green with Cubic GaN” is published in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Compound Semiconductor Magazine showcasing work by ERC student Mark Durniak and Prof. Christian Wetzel.

January 2014

Compound Semiconductor Magazine publishes an article in its Jan/Feb 2014 issue showcasing research of ERC student Zhongda Li, and Prof. Paul Chow titled, “Bringing the Inverter Onto the Chip”.

January 6-9, 2014

The Smart Lighting ERC hosts a booth at Eureka Park, CES Las Vegas, to present a prototype of wearable glasses that measure light exposure and biometric signals to provide personal health insights. Contact Silvia Mioc for more information.

January 6, 2014

LEDs Magazine discusses Smart Lighting ERC’s participation in CES in an article Rensselaer Polytech researchers demonstrate light measurement system at CES 2014.

January 2, 2014

Press Release: Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to Exhibit Prototype Google Glass™ Application in Eureka Park at CES in Las Vegas.

October 30, 2014

ERC Professors Susan Sanderson and Ken Simons publish a new study of the LED lighting industry’s emergence that tells the story behind the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics and much more, revealing a half-century-long process involving many tens of thousand of researchers and technological and industrial twists and turns. Free download through December 5, or at Science Direct.

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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