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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

John Bullough Honored as IESNA Fellow
By Jennifer Taylor
John Bullough
John Bullough, Ph.D.

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) has honored John Bullough, Ph.D., with the society’s annual Fellow designation. Dr. Bullough, a lighting scientist and adjunct assistant professor with the Lighting Research Center, was awarded for his influential research in the field of transportation lighting.

Bullough’s nominator, LRC Associate Director Russ Leslie, said, “John’s depth and breadth of research in the field of transportation lighting has influenced standards and practices around the United States.” He noted that Bullough’s findings are currently being used by governmental regulating agencies and standards-setting bodies considering revisions to standards and specifications for automobile headlamps, street and roadway lighting, and traffic signals. “His application of lighting and vision science to transportation has produced a broader awareness and understanding of the complex interactions between roadway lighting, headlamps, atmospheric conditions and visibility. His work is now helping to improve safety, comfort and efficiency,” said Leslie.

The Fellow designation is given annually to members of the society who have made a valuable contribution to the society’s technical activities and to the illumination science and engineering profession.

“I very much appreciate this honor, and at the same time I recognize that all of my LRC colleagues deserve credit for what we have accomplished together,” said Bullough.

Bullough will be honored with the Fellow pin during the next IESNA Annual Conference in January. Other current LRC faculty who have received this honor include Peter Boyce, Ph.D., Russ Leslie, N. Narendran, Ph.D. and Mark Rea, Ph.D.

Bullough joined the LRC in 1992 and received his doctorate in multidisciplinary science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2004. His expertise in transportation lighting research has been used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the New York State Department of Transportation. He has written or co-written more than 100 papers and publications in the fields of transportation lighting, vision science, light source technology, and light and health. In service to IESNA, he has worked as an editorial assistant for the 8th and 9th editions of the Lighting Handbook, served on several committees, presented at conferences and chapter meetings, and has reviewed papers for the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society and Leukos.

About the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. Founded in 1988, the Lighting Research Center has built an international reputation as a trusted and reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. Its mission is to advance the effective use of light and create a positive legacy of change for society and the environment.


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