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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. (

February 18, 2012

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

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 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. (

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 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 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”.

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 for more information.