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Troy, N.Y. -  2/22/2013

Lighting Research Center Hosts LED Lighting Institute May 14-17, 2013

Expanded Four-Day Session with New Content on OLEDs

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will hold a four-day, hands-on seminar May 14-17, 2013, to teach industry professionals how to incorporate light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) into lighting applications.

“We expanded our LED Lighting Institute to add new content on OLEDs not included in past sessions and also added more time for industry professionals to participate in hands-on sessions using LEDs and OLEDs,” said Dan Frering, LRC manager of education. “At our new four-day institute, LRC experts will help participants learn about these quickly evolving solid-state lighting technologies in a small classroom setting.”

The LED Lighting Institute teaches the latest advances in solid-state lighting technologies and research, strengths and weaknesses of these technologies, and selecting and specifying solid-state lighting system components. Participants learn how to incorporate solid-state lighting technologies into the design of architectural lighting fixtures, develop lighting systems, and design lighting applications. Hands-on demonstrations of a full range of LED and OLED technologies used in a variety of applications, allow participants to compare technologies and related system components from a variety of manufacturers and learn about operating characteristics, rated-life, lumen output, distribution, and other important specification factors. The program culminates with the participants designing, building, and evaluating their own lighting fixtures.

“The LED Lighting Institute offers objective information on current lighting technologies so that participants gain realistic expectations for using LEDs and OLEDs in place of traditional light sources,” said N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research and head of the Solid-State Lighting Program at the LRC. “In addition, participants learn methods for measuring and quantifying LED and OLED performance.”

This intensive workshop continues to grow in popularity, and Frering suggests early registration, as enrollment is limited to 30 students, and sessions fill up quickly. Those who sign up by April 19, 2013, will receive a discount on the registration fee. More than 500 people from around the globe have completed the course, which is held in spring and fall each year.

Participants will earn continuing education units (CEUs) equal to 30 hours of instruction for attending the LED Lighting Institute and will receive an LRC Continuing Education Certificate in LED Lighting. In addition, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) may fund partial scholarships for this course for New York State residents.

For more information or to register, visit the LED Lighting Institute Web site at http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/education/outreachEducation/InHouseInstitute.asp.

About ASSIST
The Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST) was established in 2002 by the Lighting Research Center as a collaboration between researchers, manufacturers, and government organizations. ASSIST’s mission is to enable the broad adoption of solid-state lighting by providing factual information based on applied research and by visualizing future applications. The Lighting Research Center conducts research, demonstration, and educational activities on behalf of ASSIST. ASSIST is sponsored by 3M; Acuity Brands Lighting; Amerlux; Bridgelux; Cirrus Logic; Cooper Industries; Cree; Dow Corning; Federal Aviation Administration; GE Lighting Solutions; ITRI, Industrial Technology Research Institute; Intematix Corp.; LG Electronics; LG Innotek; Lite-On; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); OSRAM SYLVANIA/OSRAM Opto Semiconductors; Philips Lighting; POSCO LED; Samsung; Sharp Laboratories of America; Seoul Semiconductor; Toshiba; United States Environmental Protection Agency; WattStopper. Visit www.lrc.rpi.edu/assist.


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 nearly 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.”