2011 News Archive 2018-03-12T17:44:10+00:00

February 8, 2011

Second Annual Smart Lighting ERC Industry – Academia Day

The second annual Industry-Academia Day for the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center was held at Boston University on February 8, 2011. Researchers and graduate students from three core partner institutions, Rensselaer, Boston University, and the University of New Mexico, gathered to discuss research and advances in smart lighting systems, sources, sensors, and controls. Presentations from invited speakers, a poster session and BU laboratory tours were also part of the agenda. A Strategic Planning Retreat followed the public day. The event was attended by representatives from 30 industrial organizations, including member companies. Together, about 130 people filled to capacity the 9th floor venue of BU’s Photonics Center.

February 25, 2011

Dr. Partha Dutta, Smart Lighting ERC Deputy Director, was a guest speaker at the Nitride Seminar Series at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spoke on “High Efficiency Phosphors for Full Spectrum Solid State Lighting Technologies”. Read More

March 1, 2011

Presentations from the Smart Lighting ERC’s Industry-Academia Day conference are now available for download.

March 7, 2011

Video of panel discussion “Taking A University Technology to Market” at core partner University of New Mexico is now online.

March 24, 2011

A seminar titled “The Four Pillars of Successful Startups – and Where to Go from There” in the Entrepreneurial Series was presented at core partner University of New Mexico.

Topic: The Four Pillars of Successful Startups – and Where to Go from There – What every entrepreneur needs to know about building a sustainable company”, Barbara Kline, The Breakthrough Center.

Abstract: There are four pillars upon which successful startups are based: passion, leadership, adequate funding and technical savvy. But startups have to grow – or die. Ms. Kline will discuss how these Four Pillars interact – in theory and with examples – to create a viable venture, as well as the steps necessary to make sure the company is well positioned to take the next step – 2nd Stage Growth.

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March 31, 2011

The first joint seminar with the Center for Future Energy Systems and the Lighting Research Center was held at Rensselaer. James Gaines from Philips Lighting talked about “Solid State Lighting – White Light for General Illumination”. Read More

April 26, 2011

Professor Partha Dutta, center deputy director, speaks about Scalable Manufacturing and Business Challenges in Nanotechnology at the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. He will also be part of an almost full-day special forum discussion on Thursday, April 28, that will close the conference. The topic of discussion will be: “How to start and grow a successful start-up company, a survival kit for entrepreneurs” Conference Information

April 28, 2011

The Smart Lighting ERC welcomes Epistar as the latest industrial member.

May 17, 2011

The National Associated Press published a story on LEDs and the Light Fair trade show held in Philadelphia, which quotes Bob Karlicek, director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. The story was featured in a variety of publications including Wall Street Journal, CBS, ABC, and NPR.

July 15, 2011

The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center successfully passed its NSF third-year renewal site review!

July 25, 2011

ERC holds workshop at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference

Smart Lighting ERC Education Director Ken Connor held a Mobile Studio Workshop at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference in San Francisco, CA. Mobile Studio enables hands-on exploration of STEM education principles, devices, and systems utilizing a small, inexpensive ($150) mobile hardware and software platform. When connected to a PC, it provides functionality similar to standard lab equipment (oscilloscope, function generator, etc.). It can also be programmed to provide smart functionality (e.g., to control the states of digital outputs by monitoring analog signals). Additional information can be found here.

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technical education where technical educators, counselors, industry professionals, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy.

July 31, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology played host to fellow members of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center on Thursday, as engineers from across the country joined to discuss the concept of smart lighting with local students.

September 14, 2011

Leo Schowalter, CTO, Crystal IS spoke about Improved Performance UV LEDs, in the kickoff event of the Industrial Speaker Series which is in its second year.

October 6, 2011

Robert Casper, Camille Dan Family Research Chair, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto and SAB member spoke about Shift Work: The Dark Side of Light, as part of the Industrial Speaker Series.

November 7, 2011

ERC’s Boston University professor Hatice Altug article on “Large-Scale Plasmonic Microarrays for Label-Free High-Throughput Screening”, was featured on the cover of Lab on a Chip. Publication

November 9, 2011

Suppression of Non-Radiative Auger Processes, Dr. Alexander L. Efros, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC. Flyer

November 16, 2011

The Bright Future of Smart Lighting, Presented by Dr. Francis Rubinstein, Lead, Lighting Research Group, Building Technology Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as part of the Industrial Tutorial Series. Flyer

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