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Troy, NY -  1/26/2001

Lighting Research Center has new Communications Director

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) recently hired a new director of communications to help the Center expand its efforts to advance the effective use of light, according to Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., LRC Director.

"We are very excited about Keith Toomey joining our staff," said Dr. Rea. "His skills and experience will be invaluable as we design new lighting products and systems, research ways in which light can be used to improve health and productivity, and reach out to new collaborators, designers, students, and consumers."

Toomey has a diverse background in the communication field, including as a radio personality and television news anchor. Most recently, he served as Director of Community Relations for United Community Services, a large community-based mental health and developmental services center in Bennington, Vermont. He has a BA in Communication from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Since its founding in 1988, the LRC has made a significant positive impact on lighting manufacturing, sales, design, specification, and installation through research, demonstration, outreach, and education. LRC programs encourage lighting that is energy-efficient, environmentally responsible, and responsive to human needs.

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for more than 30 years. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. LRC researchers conduct independent, third-party testing of lighting products in the LRC's state of the art photometric laboratories, the only university lighting laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0). In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."