Professor of Cognitive Science
M.S., biophysics, Ohio State University; Ph.D., biophysics, Ohio State University.
Visual and circadian systems, lighting engineering, human factors.
Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Professor of Architecture and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rea has served as Director since the LRC was established in 1988. He teaches courses in leadership and in visual and circadian processes, and supervises graduate students at M.S. and Ph.D. levels. Rea is well known for his research in circadian photobiology, mesopic vision, psychological responses to light, lighting engineering, and visual performance. He is the author of more than 250 scientific and technical articles, and was the editor-in-chief of the 8th and 9th editions of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Lighting Handbook. Dedicated to the notion that our society undervalues light because we do not properly measure its benefits, his recent book Value Metrics for Better Lighting brings together a wide range of research to illustrate how the effective use of light can benefit society and the environment.
Optical Society of America, Society for Light and Lighting (UK), Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage.
Elected Fellow, Society of Light and Lighting (UK); Elected Fellow, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America; William H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; IESNA Medal.