|The Lighting Research Center is the the world's largest multidisciplinary
center for lighting research, education and technology transfer.
As such, our staff reflects the multidisciplinary nature of
|Andrew Bierman, M.S.
|Professor Bierman is a senior lighting scientist at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center.
He is an adjunct assistant professor in the LRC's MS in
Lighting program. He holds a master's degree in lighting
from Rensselaer and is an expert in photometry, energy-efficient
lighting, and lighting control technologies.
Professor Bierman's current research interests include
the development of self-commissioning photosensor technology,
load-shedding ballast technology for fluorescent lighting
systems, and an integrated skylight-electric lighting
|John Bullough, Ph.D.
|Dr. Bullough is an adjunct assistant professor at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute and lighting scientist at Rensselaer's
Lighting Research Center. His research areas include transportation
lighting, vision science, light source technology,
and light and health. He has written or co-written
more than 100 scientific papers for archival journals,
trade publications, and proceedings, and worked as an
editorial assistant for the 8th and 9th editions of the
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
Lighting Handbook. The IESNA recently honored him with
the society's annual Fellow designation for his influential
research in the field of transportation lighting. More...
|Mariana Figueiro, Ph.D.
|Dr. Figueiro is an assistant professor at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute and a program director at Rensselaer's
Lighting Research Center. Her research areas include photobiology,
energy-efficient lighting, human factors in lighting,
lighting applications, and working to better understand
and quantify light as a stimulus for the circadian
system. She has written numerous scientific articles
for archival journals and trade publications and worked
on the 9th edition of the Illuminating Engineering Society
of North America Lighting Handbook. She also led the development
of lighting design guidelines for older adults as outlined
in the publication Lighting the Way: A Key to Independence,
sponsored by the AARP Andrus Foundation. More...
|Jean Paul Freyssinier, M.S.
|Professor Freyssinier is a lighting design specialist
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research
Center. As a research assistant professor, he designs
and evaluates lighting applications and demonstrations,
conducts research projects, and develops curriculum, materials,
and teaching aids for educational programs. For the past
five years, he has been involved in lighting technology
research and development at the LRC, including a three-year
project to develop high-efficiency solid-state lighting.
His lighting experience includes working as principal
of design in a full-service architectural lighting and
automation design firm in Mexico. More...
|Russell Leslie, M.Arch
|Professor Leslie is the associate director and co-founder of the Lighting
Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a professor of architecture and a practicing architect. His research areas include residential
lighting, outdoor lighting, daylighting, energy, architecture, light art, lighting for developing countries, and building systems integration. He is the project
architect for more than one hundred architectural projects
and planning studies and has overseen over $30 million in lighting and energy research projects. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating
Engineering Society of North America. More...
|Peter Morante, B.S.
|Professor Morante is the director of energy programs
for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research
Center. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the LRC's
M.S. in Lighting program. He currently conducts research
and manages projects in daylighting, energy-efficient
lighting, and lighting for electric load shedding.
Prior to joining the LRC, Professor Morante was marketing
manager for Northeast Utilities (NU) where he was responsible
for market research, market and product development, and
product management including NU's street lighting program.
He was also involved in conservation and load management
at NU and handled the detailed development and implementation
of their award winning energy efficiency programs. In
this capacity, he has provided expert testimony on a number
of energy efficiency matters before the U.S. Department
of Energy and the Connecticut and Massachusetts utility
|Nadarajah Narendran, Ph.D.
|Dr. Narendran is the director of research at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center. He is
known throughout the lighting industry for his pioneering
research, publications, and educational activities in
the field of solid-state lighting. His leadership
has helped to bridge the science of solid-state LED technology
with mainstream lighting applications. His efforts led
to the formation of the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination
Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), an LED industry group
designed to advance the effective use of energy-efficient
solid-state lighting and speed its market acceptance.
Dr. Narendran has authored or co-authored more than 75
articles in archival journals and proceedings and holds several patents, including one as co-inventor of SPE™ (scattered photon extraction) technology. He is a
Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North
America and a member of the International Society for
Optical Engineering. More...
|Mark S. Rea, Ph.D.
|Dr. Rea is the director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's
Lighting Research Center and an expert in human vision,
lighting engineering, human factors, photobiology, psychology,
light and health, nighttime vision,
and visual performance. He is the author
of more than 100 scientific and technical articles related
to vision, lighting engineering, and human factors and
was the editor-in-chief of the 8th and 9th editions of
the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Lighting Handbook. His current research projects include
the study of the effects of light and circadian disruption
on breast cancer, research on the effects of daylight
on worker productivity in commercial offices, the development
of new metrics to improve the acceptance of energy-efficient
lighting technologies, and research on reducing the market
barriers to widespread use of energy-efficient lighting
|Patricia Rizzo, M.S.
|Ms. Rizzo manages the residential lighting program
at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute. She conducts research, organizes seminars for
building professionals on application techniques, and
coordinates education and demonstration projects ranging
from showcase homes to interactive lighting laboratories
in retail showrooms. She is currently exploring the role
of lighting in universal design. She has lectured at national
and international venues and has been quoted as a lighting
design expert in Better Homes and Gardens and
the Boston Globe. She has participated in the
curriculum design of a series of seminars organized by
state energy and building associations, and is a member
of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.