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Headquarters:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
George M. Low Center for Industrial Innovation, Suite 7015
110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180

Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with matching fund support from New York State Empire Development Corporation and Corporate Member support, the LESA ERC is an interdisciplinary, multi-university center developing “Smart Lighting Systems that See and ThinkTM”. The Center engages faculty members, graduate students, research staff, and undergraduates to work on research leading to smart lighting systems with adaptive and controllable properties that will change the way society uses lighting. The Center joins academia, industry, and government in partnership to produce transformational engineered systems, along with engineering graduates who are adept at innovation and primed for leadership in the global economy.   LESA partners with Boston University, The University of New Mexico, and Thomas Jefferson University to achieve its objectives.

Through ERC Year 9 Report (3/31/2017)
189 – Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
199 – Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings
54 – Doctoral Degrees Granted
150 – Patent Applications Filed
19 – Patents Awarded

  • Engage in research leading to smart lighting systems with adaptive and controllable properties.
  • Develop a culture of innovation and engage industry to help shape the center’s research and commercialize the results.
  • Educate the diverse, world-class workforce needed to create  “Lighting Systems that Think™”.

Visit our Industry Page for a list of current members and membership benefits.

Visit our Research Page for an overview of the research being conducted at the Center.

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Robert F. Karlicek, Jr.
Robert F. Karlicek, Jr.Center Director and Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Richard Radke
Richard RadkeDeputy Director and Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Thomas D.C. Little
Thomas D.C. LittleCampus Director, and Professor
Boston University
Steven R.J. Brueck
Steven R.J. BrueckCampus Director and Professor
University of New Mexico
Diane Veros
Diane VerosAdministrative Director
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

New York State Empire Development Corp.

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