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.