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Troy, NY -  1/18/2002

Lighting Research Center Staff Earn Lighting Certification

Four LRC staff pass NCQLP examination

Four Lighting Research Center (LRC) staff members have earned the credential "LC" (Lighting Certified).

The following individuals recently completed National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) certification process:

  • Andrew Bierman, M.S., L.C., Lighting Systems Specialist, Photometry Manager, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture
  • Jennifer Brons, L.C., Research Specialist-Lighting Applications
  • Dan Frering, L.C., Manager of Education
  • Sandra Vasconez, L.C., Manager of Project Development, DELTA Program Manager, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

Through a stringent testing process, the NCQLP certifies practitioners who demonstrate that they have acquired a broad knowledge base and the understanding and ability needed to apply lighting principles and techniques successfully. The NCQLP, a non-profit organization founded in 1991, promotes effective and efficient lighting practice. It is primarily a volunteer organization supported by a broad cross section of industry and trade groups, government agencies, research groups, and professional organizations.

"We're very proud of Andy, Jen, Dan, and Sandra," said Dr. Mark Rea, LRC Director. "Their commitment to excellence is one of the reasons the LRC is a leader in lighting research and education."


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.”